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Black Artistry and the Archive

This guide is designed to support students in ARTH 299B-01 with Melanie Chambliss for Fall 2020.


Welcome to the library research guide for Black Artistry and the Archive!

In this guide you will find a variety of resources that will help you with your research for this course. Highlights of the guide include: 

  • background information on the South Side Community Art Center
  • tips on how to research Black Artists
  • how to find books and articles from the library's catalog and databases
  • links to relevant archives and digital collections
  • links to the library's Chicago newspaper subscriptions including the Chicago Defender Historical Archive which will be a key resource for your research
  • instructions on how to use Artstor, a database of high resolution images from a variety of museums and cultural institutions
  • and instructions on how to request an interlibrary loan, format citations, and create an annotated bibliography. 

As always, if you need assistance with research or have questions about library resources, please feel free to contact a librarian through our Ask a Librarian service via chat or email

Black Artistry and the Archive

"Black Artistry and the Archive," recorded September 2020, 7 minutes.