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Restrictions, Limitations On Access

A Mapping The Stacks staff member pulls
an archival storage box from a shelf.

Since Mapping The Stacks is committed to making hidden archives available to researchers and the general public, we have partnered with institutions who share this commitment as well.

That said, not every repository where MTS-processed collections are housed is a public facility. For instance, the Chicago Defender is a privately-owned corporation which restricts physical access to its photograph collection but does allow the public to purchase or license its images for reasonable fees.

MTS-processed collections housed at the Harsh Collection are available to the public to use on site at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Currently, the DuSable Museum's archival holdings are not open to the public to use.


Chicago Defender

For questions about the following collections at the Chicago Defender, contact

  • Chicago Defender Photo Archives

DuSable Museum of African American History

For questions about the following collections at the DuSable Museum of African American History, contact

  • Frank Marshall Davis Papers
  • Hope Dunmore/Chicago Old Settlers' Club Collection
  • DuSable Museum Moving Image Collection
  • Joseph & Charlemae Rollins Collection

Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

For questions about the following collections at the Harsh Collection, contact the Chicago Public Library.

  • Abbott-Sengstacke Family Papers
  • Barbara E. Allen Papers
  • Etta Moten Barnett Papers
  • Alice Browning Papers
  • Ben Burns Collection
  • Cyrus Colter Papers
  • Chicago Chapter, Congress of Racial Equality Archives
  • Earl B. Dickerson Papers
  • Dungill Family Papers
  • Richard Durham Papers
  • Walter Henri Dyett Papers
  • George Cleveland Hall Branch Archives
  • Heritage Press Archives
  • George Cleveland Hall Branch Library Archives
  • Willa S. Jones Papers
  • Frances Minor Papers
  • Madeline Stratton Morris Papers
  • Willard F. Motley Papers
  • Path Press Archives
  • Chicago SNCC History Project Archives
  • Theodore Charles Stone Papers
  • Charles Walton Papers
  • Edith Wilson Papers
  • Reverend Addie Wyatt Papers

South Side Community Art Center

For more information about the South Side Community Art Center Archives, visit the South Side Community Art Center online.