The University of Illinois at Chicago Library is leading a project to plan a portal to the historical collections of 14 museums, universities and libraries that make up the Chicago Collections Consortium.
The portal will offer a one-click search of the special collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, the Newberry Library, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago and UIC. Users will find detailed lists of each archive’s contents and digitized materials that may be viewed online.
The planning is funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on behalf of the library.
“We recognize that our individual efforts to preserve special materials can complicate researchers’ access to them. This grant will help us coordinate efforts and leverage resources—the keys to making Chicago history easily available to college students, seasoned researchers, school children, amateur historians, and the general public,” said Mary M. Case, UIC university librarian and an organizer of the consortium.
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