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

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The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
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Education resource of images, videos, mini-lectures and scholarship of the decades which influenced or defined modern through contemporary art. The core intent is to replace the dominant white, male, heteronormative, advantaged, celebrity narratives for a more inclusive history balanced with the work of women, artists of color, LGBTQIA+ persons, intersectional makers, and the self-taught.
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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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Free health and medical research database for openly available content related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Content from journals, preprints, conference proceedings, dissertations and more.
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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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A platform that aims to “decentralize the study of fashion. Founded in 2017 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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The backfiles of the US and UK editions of Harper's Bazaar magazine, a fashion, arts, and culture authority from 1867 to the present. Scanned in full color, it features detailed indexing and searchable text.
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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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Utilizing and developing standards and best practices, the Material Order consortium provides a community-based approach to the management of design material collections with federated search access among participating institutions.
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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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