Petition Closed

We are aware that Columbia College faces some difficult financial decisions, however, the loss of the Center for Black Music Research (CMBR) would be significant. The CMBR stands alone in its collections on African-American music. Archival repositories are the jewel of any college or university; they bring luster to the story of our heritage. With Columbia College’s strong music department, closing the CMBR would be a blow to the history of American music, and the reputation of the school.

This petition is supported by the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists, and the Theatre Library Association.

 

Letter to
Columbia College Office of the Provost
Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Louise Love
Assistant to the Provost Theodore Harwood
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Columbia College Office of the Provost.
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Office of the Provost
Columbia College
600 S. Michigan, Room 517
Chicago, IL 60605


Dear Vice President Love,

It has recently come to my attention that the Columbia College Office of the Provost has recommended closing the Center for Black Music Research (CMBR). I am writing to you to register my protest, and to ask that Columbia College reconsider this recommendation.

I understand that Columbia College faces some difficult financial decisions. However, the loss of the CMBR would be significant. The CMBR is stands alone in its collections on African-American music. Archival repositories are the jewel of any college or university; they bring luster to the story of our heritage. With Columbia College’s strong music department, closing the CMBR would be a blow to the history of American music, and the reputation of the school.

Thank you for your time. I do hope you carefully consider the impact of this recommendation, and reconsider your position on the Center for Black Music Research.


Sincerely,