Shorefront Legacy Center


About the Archive

Shorefront Legacy Center promotes understanding of Black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore. It is an Evanston-based community archive, library, educational resource, and research center. The archival and library collections capture some of the history of African American activists, artists, leaders, politicians, and others who lived dynamic, rich lives in the North Shore. The material highlights the African American presence, experience, and impact.

Shorefront Legacy Center collects and preserves the history through its living, community archive.


Finding Aids

To get started, explore Shorefront Legacy Center’s collections via these downloadable finding aids.


Visiting the Archive

Shorefront Legacy Center’s materials are open to all and available for research. Archival appointments are available by appointment only. To schedule a visit, please reach out via the below channels.

(847) 864-7476 (Saturdays, 9am – 2pm)

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1894

Evanston, Illinois 60204


Start here as you plan your visit to the Shorefront Legacy Center for your research project. Our list of downloadable finding aids are added as they are completed. If you are a student in archives studies, consider the Legacy Center to fulfill credit requirements. You are guaranteed hands-on experience.

Womens Auxiliary of Community Hospital Collection

William H Twiggs Collection

West End Block Club Collection

Wayne Watson Collection

Tina Lifford Finding Collection

The Heritage Collection

Suburbanites Collection

Social and Civic Clubs and Organizations Collection

Sigma Pi Phi Delta Alpha Boule Collection

Shorefront Publications Collection

Second Baptist Church Collection

Pauline Williams Collection

Obituary and Funeral Program Collection

Northwestern University AA Publications Collection

North Shore Illinois Chapter Links Collection

Mary Barr Friends Disappear Collection

Eastern Star Pride of the North Collection

Alpha Phi Alpha Zeta Xi Lambda Chapter Collection

Daniel Phillips Collection

Evanston Chapter NAACP Collection

Evanston Photographic Negative Collection

Lawrence Brooks Collection

For Members Only Collection

Junior Mance Collection

Norshore Twelve Colleciton

Randolph R Tomlinson Collection

RSAE Collection

Tina Lifford Colleciton

BMRC Color Curtain Processing Project
In partnership with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)*, and the Color Curtain project, 49 collections have been processed. Downloadable finding aids are available at the BMRC Processing Project site. Direct links of each collection are below.

Alice Tregay Papers

Anna Belle Frazier Papers

Berniece Ball Perry Papers

Chad Allen Helsup Papers

Community Hospital of Evanston Collections

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Records

Ebenezer A.M.E. Church Records

Edwin B. Jourdain Jr. Papers

Emerson Street YMCA Collection

Evanston Clarion Newspapers

Evanston Community Development Corporation Records

Evanston Connection Newsletters

Evanston Newsette Publications

Evanston Sentinel Publications

Evanston-area Lifestyle Publications Collection

Family Focus Records

For Members Only Publications Collection

Foster School Reunion Collection

Harper Family Collection

Harry Jackson Jr. Papers

Henry Butler Collection

The Heritage Collection

Horace S. Graves, Jr. Papers

Jack and Jill North Shore Chapter Collection

Lorraine Morton Papers

Lun Ye Crimm Barefield Collection

Mary Wilson Photograph Albums

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Records

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Evanston Branch Records

North Shore Music Collection

Norshore 12 Inc., Records

North Shore Basketball Camp Records


*The BMRC is a grant funded organization surveying the Chicago Metropolitan Area collections of privately and publicly held collections related to the Black experience. In 2010, Shorefront was one of three selected “Second space” entities chosen for close partnership, modeling and training along with the Bronzeville Historical Society and the National Labor Archives. Established entities include The Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Vivian Harsh Archives, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, IIT, University of Chicago and others.