Second Space

In order to extend the BMRC’s mission and commitment to documenting non-traditional subject matter and formats pertaining to African Americans and foster dynamic relationships with artists, donors, scholars, and well known personalities of the Chicago community, the BMRC Survey provides documentation of many materials that would be otherwise unknown. We have, and will continue to, build partnerships with community-based organizations, individuals and holders of such material to participate along with archivists in the survey process; the BMRC refers to these participants as Second Space members.

The Second Space Initiative will document and enhance access to scarce research materials held within private collections and community based organizations. Knowledge of such collections will allow comparison with other African American subject specific collections held within large institutions and provide a greater context for scholars. The survey of Second Space collections will create empowerment among African American community organizations to maintain their own archives, rather than create dependency upon larger institutions.

Second Space Survey Participants

Affinity Community Services
The Art Institute of Chicago - Ryerson & Burnham Libraries
Bronzeville Historical Society
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Chicago Defender
Chicago Youth Centers
ETA Creative Arts Foundation
Evanston History Center
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
Illinois Labor History Society
International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slavery
Kartemquin Films
Lake County Discovery Museum
Lane Tech Alumni Association
Little Black Pearl
Malcolm X College
Midwest Nursing History Resource Center
Newberry Library
Northeastern Illinois University - Ronald Williams Library
People’s Law Office
Pullman State Historic Site
Rush University Medical Center Archives
Shorefront Legacy Center
South Side Community Art Center
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
VanderCook College of Music