Street Address
10 W. 35th Street
Suite 9D3-1
Chicago, IL 60616
Mailing Address
3510 S. Rhodes Ave. Unit 2409
c/o Sherry Williams
Chicago, IL 60653
By Appointment ONLY
Open to groups by reservation only. Open to researchers and patrons by appointment only. Email and phone inquiries are welcome.
June -Oct. 2019
Archives Will open Fri--Sun. Call for hours.
No cost to visit archives. Group tours and presentation packages availables.
Group Tours
Sherry Williams, Curator
phone: 312-428-8033


Office and Archives

Office and Archives at Illinois Institute of Technology - 10 W. 35th St., Suite 9D3-1 Chicago, IL 60616 BY Appointment ONLY

Bronzeville Historical Society is a not for profit Illinois educational and historical preservation organization.


...To preserve, protect, and present African American history and culture of Chicago


Bronzeville’s residents came to Chicago during The Great Migration from 1890 to 1950. Escaping racism and lack of equal opportunity in the South, Blacks came to Chicago seeking education and employment. The largest number of Chicago’s African Americans settled between 18th Street and 51st Street to the north and south, Cottage Grove and State Street to the east and west. This area became known as Bronzeville.

Artifacts Collections

Material Culture and textile art from 1860s to 1990.

Research Collections

Funeral home record collections, photographs, documents and memorabilia that chronicles Black life in Chicago.

Educational Programs

  • Docent program and tours (seasonally)
  • Lectures and exhibitions (year round)
  • Educator opportunities and volunteer opportunities available June - August 2019.



Lecture Halls

Performance Areas


Access: Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


Annual report is submitted and available by request.


Handicap accessible parking adjacent to building. Metered parking available. Assistance available upon request.

Wheelchair Accessible




Family history research

Assistance with African American family history research available by appointment for nominal fee.

Group Tours