Archie Motley Archival Internship Program

History & Mission

The BMRC’s Archie Motley Archival Internship Program (AMAIP) was launched in January 2016. The mission of the AMAIP is to develop and create meaningful and educational internship opportunities for upper-undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates in the field of cultural heritage management. Stipends are provided to students of color selected for practical employment experience working with cultural heritage professionals in BMRC member institutions. Since its inception, 15 interns have completed an AMAIP internship.

Who was Archie Motley?

Archibald Motley III (1934- 2002) was a long-time archivist at the Chicago History Museum (1955-2002) and a leader in the profession. Motley served as a founding member and first president of the Midwest Archives Conference and was also an active member of the Society of American Archivists. Before his death, he was named Chicago History Museum’s Archivist Emeritus, in honor of his tireless collection development efforts to preserve Chicago’s urban, social and cultural history –especially collections related to labor, African Americans and community organizations. Those collections include: the papers of Claude Barnett, founder of the Associated Negro Press; Earl Dickerson, an attorney for Supreme Life Insurance Co.; and papers of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Among archivists he was well known for his service to the profession and interest in assisting and mentoring the younger generation. Motley is remembered as a dedicated archivist who always made time for students coming along in the profession. Learn more about Archie Motley: 2002 Chicago Tribune article and Midwest Archives Conference/Motley

Application Information:

Student Application Guidelines (Stay tuned for the application opening date for the 2022 cohort.)

Host Application Guidelines (Only BMRC member institutions may apply)

Summer 2021 Archie Motley Archival Interns

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AMAIP intern Jordan Wright is a 2021 graduate of DePaul University
Project and BMRC host institution: Jordan worked on further enhancing metadata for and access to the Raeburn Flerlage Photograph Collection at the Chicago History Museum.

UPDATE: In the fall of 2021, Jordan joined the University of Chicago Library's Special Collections Research Center staff.




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AMAIP intern Rebekah Otto is a graduate student at DePaul University
Project and BMRC host institution: Rebekah is collecting oral histories for the African American Police League Collection at the Chicago History Museum.
Update: In the winter of 2021, Rebekah joined the DePaul University Library's Special Collections and Archives staff. She continues work towards earning a masters degree.

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AMAIP intern Malik Pitchford is a rising senior at DePaul University
Project and BMRC host institution: Malik is collecting oral histories for the 1960s and 70s decades of the Black Alumni Collection at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.

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AMAIP intern Callie Smith is a rising sophomore at The University of Chicago
Project and BMRC host institution: Callie is collecting oral histories for the 1960s and 70s decades of the Black Alumni Collection at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.