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CBMR Digest is a publication of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago

ISSN # 2168-3301spring 2014 | Volume 27, No. 1

Major Grant Awarded to the Chicago Collections Consortium to Provide Access to Chicago Collections

The University of Illinois at Chicago has announced that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Chicago Collections Consortium, based at UIC, a $194,000 grant to help develop the new Chicago Portal, which will provide access to materials documenting the rich history of Chicago. Columbia College Chicago, and thus its Center for Black Music Research, is a founding member of the CCC, meaning that the CBMR collections will be included in the project.

The fifteen-month grant will fund the development of CCC’s online Chicago Portal to materials documenting the rich history of Chicago. The portal will benefit knowledge-seekers beyond the academic and geographic boundaries of Chicago and will provide students, scholars, researchers, and citizen-historians with unprecedented access to a free database of information held by CCC member institutions, which include Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, The Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, The University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mary M. Case, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at UIC, and Chair of the CCC Board of Directors, commented, “The portal will use the power of technology and the research expertise of librarians and archivists to put information about diaries, photographs, letters, and other original materials from those who shaped Chicago’s history into our hands. We are very grateful to The Mellon Foundation for making it possible for us to tangibly connect the past and present and, in this way, promote scholarship and learning.”

The complete press release, issued by the Chicago Collections Consortium and the University of Illinois at Chicago may be read at the Consortium’s website.

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