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Chicago Protest Collection
at Newberry Library

Building on a strong collection documenting 20th-century social and political activism in Chicago and the Midwest, the Newberry seeks to collect an enduring record of the many individual voices and personal expressions of Chicagoans participating in public demonstrations in the city or elsewhere. The library invites people to help document protests, counter-protests, and demonstrations of support for a variety of causes across the political spectrum.

Leather archives & museum

The Leather Archives & Museum is dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles. Our museum galleries serve to present educational and historical material to an adult audience. Our reading library and archive serve to support researchers and community members in accessing materials and documentation relevant to the history and culture of leather to make leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement. 

Media Burn

Media Burn Archive collects, restores and distributes documentary video and television created by artists, activists and community groups. Media Burn is a project of the Fund for Innovative TV, which has been producing challenging documentary video and television since 1990. They strive to preserve audiovisual records of history and culture and to engage audiences with their creative reuse.

“Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.”
— Thomas Jefferson

Costume & Textiles Collection at the Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum’s collection includes work by distinguished designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Mainbocher, Charles James, Christian Dior, Norman Norell, Geoffrey Beene, Pauline Trigère, Yves Saint Laurent, Hanae Mori, Halston, Gianni Versace, and Christian Lacroix. The collection also represents the rise of Chicago and the dressmakers, milliners, retailers, and manufacturers who made this city their home. Clothing worn by former presidents and first ladies, sports stars, celebrities and everyday people, each exceptional piece is a reflection of Chicago and fashion history.

    Read/Write Library

    Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement. We strive to raise the visibility of work produced by Chicagoans of all backgrounds in order to reveal connective threads across neighborhoods, generations, and cultures and to encourage inquiry into and ownership of the historical record. The Library recognizes the contributions that all community members make to co-creating a city and believes that learning to value these stories plays a vital role in building empathy, community pride, and the ability to see oneself as a change agent.

    Chicago Artist Files at Chicago Public Library

    Chicago Artist Files documents over a hundred years of Chicago art history, from 1890-2014, with material on over 11,200 artists, art movements and arts organizations. Materials include press clippings, gallery notices, résumés, newspaper articles, artist books, photographs, slides and CDs.