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DuSable celebrates Burroughs; archives go online

Tomorrow, DuSable Museum features a day-long celebration of the life of Margaret Burroughs, the artist and institution-builder who died November 21. At the same time, the University of Chicago unveils a project to improve access to archives at South Side cultural institutions, including two founded by Burroughs, DuSable Museum and the South Side Community Art Center.

Dr. Margaret Burroughs: In Her Own Words is a day-long celebration of DuSable’s founder featuring storytelling, children’s workshops, musical and spoken word performances, and symposiums on Burroughs as educator, institution builder, social justice activist, and poet and artist.

Tours of the museum’s new exhibit, “Phenomenal Woman,” dedicated to Burroughs’s work, will also be held.

The free event starts at 10 a.m. (Saturday, December 11) at DuSable, 760 E. 56th, and concludes at 4:45 p.m. with a reception featuring Maggie Brown and Kelan Phil Cohran.

Friday night, U. of C.’s Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project unveils a website that will allow researchers to search the contents of collections from DuSable, SSCAC, the Chicago Defender, the Chicago Review, and the Vivian Harsh Research Collection at the Woodson Regional Library.

UNCAP grew out of a project at the university to identify and process archives related to African American history in Chicago, according to the University of Chicago Chronicle.  Graduate library students were trained to sort and inventory a range of archives, creating descriptive “finding aids” to help researchers locate materials on the website.

UNCAP includes collections from musician Sun Ra, poet Paul Carroll, and Defender political cartoonist Chester Commodore, as well as the Chicago Jazz Archive and the contemporary poetry archive at the University of Chicago Library.

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