Full Exposure: Archives & Community Collaboration

On October 24-26, 2011, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) offered a three day conference to celebrate the completion of its Andrew W. Mellon funded Survey Initiative. The program on Monday was held in Ida Noyes Hall on the University of Chicago campus. The workshop took place at the Chicago History Museum.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24:

Session I: Revealing Hidden Collections of Under-Represented Groups
This panel provided an overview of the strategies involved in locating, accessing, and evaluating historical collections that are arranged and stored under varied conditions in multi-type environments.
Lisa Calahan, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Valerie Harris, University of Illinois at Chicago
Bergis Jules, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Bea Julian, DuSable Museum of African American History
Sherry Williams, Bronzeville Historical Society

Session II: The Research & Educational Value of the BMRC Survey Initiative
This panel presented an academic analysis of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium’s Survey Initiative, and how it can contribute to the further study of African American history, both locally and nationally.
Abdul Alkalimat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lisa Oppenheim, Chicago Metro History Fair
Christopher Reed, Roosevelt University
Jacqueline Stewart, Northwestern University
Robert E. Weems, Jr., Wichita State University

Session III: Archival Allies
This moderated discussion featured panelists from a range of programs and institutions addressing how archival programs and cultural institutions, established and emerging, can work together to promote their shared goals of building an inclusive historic record that is broadly accessible.
Suzanne Flandreau, Center for Black Music Research
Gary T. Johnson, Chicago History Museum
Lisa Junkin, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Morris (Dino) Robinson, Jr., Shorefront Legacy Center
Christopher Stewart, Dominican University

Keynote: Reclaiming Historical Archives with 21st Century Technology
Tukufu Zuberi, University of Pennsylvania, PBS’s The History Detectives

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25-WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26:

The conference continued October 25-26 with a more intimate, two day workshop on the topic of collecting African American history and donor relations. The workshop was led by Lucious Edwards, Archivist at Virginia State University.

Full Exposure Planning Committee
Lisa Calahan, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Alison Eisendrath, Chicago History Museum
Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Bergis Jules, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Beatrice Julian, DuSable Museum of African American History
Elizabeth Myers, Loyola University Chicago - Women and Leadership Archives
Morris (Dino) Robinson, Jr., Shorefront Legacy Center
Andy Steadham, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Kathryn Stine, University of Illinois at Chicago