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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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This guide attempts to collect and curate the contributions of Black planners, scholars, artists, writers, organizers and practitioners from a variety of fields that are concerned with the process of organizing space and place in the urban environment.
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The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) gathers information about archival collections held by member organizations that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. The searchable database includes records about collections that were processed or surveyed through the BMRC's Survey Initiative and Color Curtain Processing Project programs, as well as finding aids contributed from our members about relevant materials in their repositories.
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Curated collection of streaming video from theatrical, independent and international producers.
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Created and maintained by cartoonist MariNaomi as a way to spotlight marginalized comics creators. The databases are used by booksellers, librarians, academics, editors, book publishers, event organizers, readers, and more.
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Eclectic collection of international advertisements, originally free from copyright restrictions. The IADDB foundation encourages advertisers to add their copyrighted material and asks anyone to add images, names, dates and all other kinds of information, to create a crowd-sourced collection of advertising documentation.
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A platform that aims to “decentralize the study of fashion,” filling an important void in fashion scholarship. Founded in 2017 and relaunched in July of this year, the database is a response to a Euro-centric framework of fashion history and theory, with goals of amplifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) perspectives and broadening the traditional narrative.
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At this time, VDB has a selection of its collection available on Panopto. If faculty or students need other titles from our collection, please email info@vdb.org outlining your needs, and we will work to add those titles to Panopto. We will start with the most needed titles and will continue to add other requests as soon as possible.
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Collection of Wiley eBooks published between 2017 and 2021 in all academic disciplines.
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