n. (abbr. BMRC)an association of Chicago cultural heritage and educational institutions that promote the discovery and use of Black historical collections in institutions and the preservation of these collections in archives or communitiesGrimm and Noriega 2013, 108Two initiatives to archive historically underrepresented groups that we can learn much from are the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) in Chicago and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood, California. Both are collaborative and work closely with grassroots organizations.Drake and Cayton 2015, xxxvAlso, a collection of universities and scholars called the Black Metropolis Research Consortium collects and curates archives in black Chicago and offers support for researchers.BMRC 2021The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, museums, community/arts organizations, and other archival institutions. The BMRC’s mission is to connect all who seek to document, share, understand and preserve Black experiences. It is the vision of BMRC to be essential to promoting discovery, preservation, and use of Black historical collections.
BMRC was established in 2006 and is hosted at the University of Chicago.