A major initiative for the Chicago Collections Consortium is to develop an online portal to cultural materials documenting the Chicago metropolitan area. This research portal will provide unprecedented single-point access to its members' Chicago-related collections. Until the portal launches in 2015, you may immediately search basic information about these collections from the Collections List page. The Collections List interim search is intended to give users a sense of the forthcoming portal content, as well as a glimpse into the great potential the portal will have for searching across institutions. While the Collections List allows you to discover information about Chicago research collections by searching the title and description, the proposed portal will provide much more powerful search access and will deliver digital content where possible.
CCC Portal Collections Scope
Chicago-related collections held by CCC member institutions containing subject matter related to the Chicago metropolitan area. This area includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana. As defined by The Encyclopedia of Chicago, Chicago-related collections document the "full range of Chicago neighborhoods, suburbs, and ethnic groups as well as the city's cultural institutions, technology and science, architecture, religions, immigration, transportation, business history, labor, music, health and medicine, and hundreds of other topics." CCC member institutions will select their own collections for inclusion in the portal. These collections must be open and available for use by the public.
Priorities for Portal Collections
The Collections Committee has established a set of priorities for inclusion in the CCC Portal.
Priority 1: Archival and manuscript collections from member institutions with completed finding aids in supported formats. All types of materials contained within the archival and manuscript collections may be included.
Priority 2: A central access point for online digital material, with links to digital repositories housing the images.
Lower priority: Digital exhibits, library guides, and educational materials
Exclude: Books, magazines, library guides, and other similarly cataloged materials described in institutional online catalogs.
Chicago-focused Portal Facets
The Collections Committee has prepared a list of Subject Headings that reflects the subjects covered that will be represented in the portal. Having a set of common subject headings will facilitate browsing across collections from different institutions.