Chicago History Museum Archival Processing Project Completed
The Chicago History Museum (CHM) has recently successfully concluded a two-year cataloging and processing project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHRPC). The purpose of the project was to reveal previously hidden archival and manuscript collections by improving catalog records and by processing priority collections in the Museumís processing backlog.
Priority collections included those with historical significance, but which were physically or intellectually inaccessible, and which could be processed with a maximum of efficiency within the grant guidelines. Over 100 collections were processed for a total of nearly 1,300 linear feet, including 25 collections previously identified as closed until processed.
Some significant holdings processed through this project include the Mexican Community Committee of South Chicago records, Southwest Parish & Neighborhood Federation records, Logan Square Neighborhood Association records, and the Chicago Housing Authority development records. These collections among many others document various aspects of immigration, migration, race relations, politics, gentrification, and the physical transformations that have shaped and re-shaped Chicago over the past century. These four collections provide only a small sampling of the newly processed materials awaiting scholars.
Researchers can now access these collections through the Museum's third floor Research Center, and the records and finding aids are available in ARCHIE (http://www.chicagohistory.org/research), the Museum's online catalog, as well as through WorldCat.
Peter T. Alter
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 799-2054 direct
(312) 799-2354 fax
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