In October 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History officially opened its doors as the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art. The collections of art, artifacts, and archival materials located on the first floor of the south side Chicago home of Charles and Margaret Burroughs was the only one of its kind consigned to preserving the history and culture of African Americans. Over the years, the research library at the DuSable Museum has built upon this auspicious legacy through the generosity of our donors.
The research library contains approximately 10,000 items, consisting of books, periodicals, newspapers, photographs, media such as audiotapes, videotapes and slide collections, as well as manuscripts, diaries, and other archival materials. The collection is concentrated on the history, art, music, and culture of Africa and African Americans.
Since January 2010, the DuSable Museum Librarian and a group of volunteers and graduate interns have been engaged in an inventory of the Library and Archival collections, including 114 linear feet of materials in off-site storage locations. We welcome your support. Consider becoming a Member of DuSable Museum, Donate to the Museum’s Capital Campaign and/or Volunteer 2 to 3 hours a week.
Thank you in advance.
Submit research questions to the DuSable Museum Librarian.