Please note that the CBMR will be closed from Tuesday, July 18 through Monday, July 24. We are open on Monday July 17 and will re-open on Tuesday, July 25. Thank you!
Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research is the only organization of its kind. It exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.
1903 Caterina Jarboro (concert and opera singer) born in Wilmington, N.C.
1910 Charles Melvin "Cootie" Williams (jazz trumpeter)
1921 William Edward "Billy" Taylor, Jr. (pianist, jazz performer, composer, writer, educator) born in Greenville, N.C.
1925 Adele Addison (concert and opera singer, star of Gershwin's film Porgy & Bess) born in New York, N.Y.
Summer 2017 Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm; Friday 10 am to 1 pm.
Appointments are highly recommended, particularly during the summer months, to ensure that a staff member is available to assist you.
The CBMR will be closed for summer vacations from Tuesday, July 18 through Monday, July 24. Please make your visit appointment using our appointments tool Calendly.
Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996
618 South Michigan,6th Floor
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 4 pm Fridays 10 am – 1 pm
and by appointment until 5pm.
Appointments are highly recommended to ensure that a staff member is available to assist you.
Use the new appointments site to schedule time with Library and Archives staff for study, research, coursework, and listening sessions.
Phone: (312) 369-7559
Fax: (312) 369-8029