Welcome to the online application system!

For organizations and individuals seeking membership, please complete the membership application form.  The BMRC reviews all applications. Full Member and Associate Member applications require a consultation with BMRC staff and/or board members. Applications for Affiliate-Organization and Affiliate-Individual membership may require some follow-up communication with BMRC staff. Upon successful review of an application, you will be sent an invoice for annual membership dues.  The annual membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 and applications received after July 1 will be prorated.  To learn more about membership benefits, please visit the BMRC's website

Jointly administered by the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) and Northwestern University's Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and supported by Northwestern’s Racial Equity and Community Partnerships grants program, the Black Metropolis Graduate Assistantships will embed a cohort of Northwestern doctoral students at select BMRC member institutions during the 2023-2024 academic year.  Over the course of 6 or 9-month assistantships, graduate students will perform work of public and intellectual value that:
1) Documents, preserves, interprets, and/or promotes the use of Black historical collections, and/or
2) Advances equity & access in institutional practices and policies, and
3) Provides opportunities for them to gain skills, experiences, and networks helpful to them in pursuing career pathways beyond the academy.
Eligibility:  BMRC Member Institutions in good standing
Deadline:  Wednesday, January 11 at 5:00 pm CT
Should you have any questions regarding the proposal submission process or how to use Submittable, please email bmrc@uchicago.edu.

Summer Short-Term Fellowship Program

BMRC invites applications for the 2023 Summer Short-term Fellowship Program. Awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend for a one-month fellowship (between June and August)!  Scholars, researchers, and artists are eligible for the Fellowship based on their research interests, and  need for access to Black collections found within BMRC Member Institutions.  While submissions from applicants living outside of metropolitan Chicago will have slight priority, all who are eligible are encouraged to apply.  Please submit your full application here. 

Archie Motley Archival Internship Program
Summer 2023
Job Title: Archie Motley Archival Intern

About the BMRC and the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is an unincorporated association of Chicago-based libraries,
universities, museums, and other archival institutions. Hosted by the University of Chicago, the BMRC's mission is to make its members' materials documenting African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics--most with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago--broadly accessible to the public and the research community. In addition, the BMRC promotes the creation of new scholarship, art, and history and seeks to extend the audience of those interested in preserving Chicago's African American cultural heritage through scholarly and public programming.  

The Archie Motley Archival Internship Program is designed to provide students of color with work opportunities to gain practical experience, earn money while they are in school or recently out of school, and enhance their educational experience.  The program is designed to recruit students of color, as a means to address the issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic archivists within the archives profession.

The program is named in honor of Mr. Archibald "Archie" Motley III (1935-2002) who began his career with the Chicago Historical Society (now, the Chicago History Museum) in 1955 and ultimately advanced to the position of curator of archives and manuscripts in 1974. Mr. Motley spearheaded active collection development of Chicago’s urban, social, and cultural history—especially collections related to labor, African Americans, and community organizations—but also many other types of material related to Chicago’s complex and tumultuous history. In 1998, he was named Chicago History Museum’s archivist emeritus.  A leader in the profession, Motley served as e first president of the Midwest Archives Conference and was an active member of the Society of American Archivists. He was lauded for his tireless collection development efforts to preserve Chicago’s urban, social and cultural history –especially collections related to labor, African Americans, and community organizations. Those collections include the papers of Claude Barnett, founder of the Associated Negro Press; Earl Dickerson, an attorney for Supreme Life Insurance Co.; and papers of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
JOB DESCRIPTION:
The BMRC is looking for dedicated interns to assist BMRC member institutions with archival projects. Work assigned may be conducted remotely, on-site, or in a hybrid. Working under the direction and supervision of an archivist special collections team member at one of the BMRC institutional members, the interns’ assignments may include work involving any two or more of the following tasks as the lead or as an assistant. Arranging and describing records according to the University Archivist’s work plan.
· Describing the collection using Archivists’ Toolkit software.
· Creating metadata for a collection.
· Creating a database using software e.g. Excel or other software
· Conducting oral interviews
· Developing an online exhibit
· Creating and updating social media as a part of a marketing campaign
BASIC Qualifications

  • Current undergraduate students, recent graduates, or graduate students are eligible to apply. 
  • Alumni of BMRC university members who are exploring a career transition will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Students who are pursuing studies in history, archives, information science, public history, African American history, political science, sociology, and critical race/ethnic studies and have acquired strong research skills are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Exercise discretion and confidence when handling restricted materials and records.
  • Excellent computer skills including strong familiarity with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Docs.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented, team environment.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, l and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

PREFERRED Qualifications:

  • Experience with social media platforms including, but not limited to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and others.
  • Experience working with web-based content management systems and a basic understanding of database management.
  • Familiarity with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), and/or other relevant description tools, authorities, and standards.

Stipend/Award:
$3,500

Total Hours:
27 hours per week across 8 weeks (25 hours of work on the assigned project and 2 hours spent weekly participating in BMRC Educational Enrichment & Professional Development sessions, totaling 216 hours.



BMRC - ARCHIE MOTLEY ARCHIVAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
SUMMER 2023  (Host Site Application)
ELIGIBILITY:
Applicants must be employed by one of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's member institutions. The application process requires the submission of a detailed project description, including overall objectives, a work plan, and information about the intern's training, supervision, resources, and daily/weekly scheduling. If there is work that will require the intern to regularly interact with other units, please explain.  Other questions on the application seek information about the institution's and/or project supervisor's previous experience with interns. The institution's statement of diversity should also be provided. 


PROGRAM GOALS:
The Archie Motley Archival Internship Program is designed to provide students of color with work opportunities to gain practical experience, earn money while they are in school or recently out of school, and enhance their educational experience.  The Archie Motley Archival Internship Program is designed in alignment with the values of the archivist for whom the program is named, Archibald "Archie" Motley, III.  We aim to recruit students of color and expose them to archival work as a means of addressing the issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic archivists within the archives profession.


WHO WAS ARCHIE MOTLEY?
The program is named in honor of Mr. Archibald "Archie" Motley III (1935-2002) who began his career with the Chicago Historical Society (now, the Chicago History Museum) in 1955 and ultimately advanced to the position of curator of archives and manuscripts in 1974.  Mr. Motley spearheaded active collection development of Chicago’s urban, social, and cultural history—especially collections related to labor, African Americans, and community organizations—but also many other types of material related to Chicago’s complex and tumultuous history. In 1998, he was named Chicago History Museum’s archivist emeritus.  A leader in the profession, Motley served as the first president of the Midwest Archives Conference and was an active member of the Society of American Archivists. He was lauded for his tireless collection development efforts to preserve Chicago’s urban, social and cultural history –especially collections related to labor, African Americans, and community organizations. Those collections include the papers of Claude Barnett, founder of the Associated Negro Press; Earl Dickerson, an attorney for Supreme Life Insurance Co.; and papers of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

AMAIP INTERN HOST SITE REQUIREMENTS
Project proposals submitted by host site applicants

  • require at least 200 hours of work over 8 weeks during the summer to qualify.**
  • provide the intern with an opportunity to be immersed in archival work using Black historical collections
  • provide the intern with an opportunity to acquire a new skill set in archival work
  • Members will be asked whether an AMAIP intern will work on-site, remotely, or on a hybrid schedule. BMRC board and staff continue to review the status of the coronavirus and local policy changes by the City of Chicago.  Member institutions applying to host an intern will be informed if a decision is made to only consider remote internships.

**NOTE: Interns are required to spend up to 2 hours per week participating in the BMRC Enrichment & Professional Development Mini-Course taught by the BMRC Program Manager. These hours are in addition to the 200 hours they will work with you on the project. Enrichment Activity & Professional Development sessions will be planned in advance, allowing supervisors to plan accordingly.  

AMAIP Host site supervisors will...

  • make appropriate introductions to staff and/or other students, review the work plan, and begin the intern's training in the first 2 days of the internship.
  • manage the intern with regular check-in meetings, by reviewing their work, responding to questions, and ensuring they are on track with project plans
  • complete a BMRC Intern Midway-Point Check-In Form and discuss it with the intern, allowing input before submitting it to the BMRC staff.
  • include a tour of the broader facility including other units/departments
  • include AMAIP interns in appropriate meetings and events
  • approve the intern's weekly online timesheet
  • work with the BMRC Program Manager regarding the scheduled Enrichment Activities & Professional Development sessions.
  • complete an online evaluation of the intern during the last week of the internship


Once the online Host Site application is complete it will be reviewed by the AMAIP Jury Selection Committee.

  • PART ONE: Preliminary notifications will be sent out by mid-February to notify institutions if the jury has accepted their proposal. 
  • PART TWO: 
  • Once all student applicants are interviewed and selected, the AMAIP JURY will match students with a host site 
  • Students will be notified of their match and asked to accept or decline the Archie Motley Internship in February 
  • Final notices will be shared with all host site applicants by March 15, 2023


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