Welcome to Shorefront

By Angelique Schuler, Graduate Student Processor

The Shorefront Legacy Center is a repository located in Evanston, Illinois. The focus of this repository is to document black history in the North Chicago area. In 1995, Dino Robinson started this repository by collecting various items from people in the North Shore. In 2012, Dustin Witsman came to Shorefront from the BMRC to process papers. He was able to do remarkable work in a short period of time. He processed 39 collections between May and August.

I arrived at Shorefront about a week ago. I was sent to Shorefront to process the NAAPC North Shore Chapter Collection. However, due to a delay this project was paused for a couple weeks. I am excited to note that Dino Robinson was prepared for this delay. Mr. Robinson had about six smaller collections in backlog. I was I was able to process the majority of these collections and currently am in the editing process to complete the finding aids. 

This is the second time I was sent to a small repository in Chicago. I think that it is amazing that the work, dedication, and passion that Dino Robinson (Shorefront Legacy Center) and Sherry Williams (Bronzeville Historical Society) have to preserve the records of their communities for future generations to learn from. These repositories are truly gems within the Chicago community and must not be overlooked.

One thing that stands out to me at these smaller repositories is the holdings of collections and papers ordinary people that did extraordinary things in their lives. For instance, Alice Lucille Tregay lived in Evanston Illinois for the majority of her life. However, she spent her life as an advocate for civil rights, working among many of the nations most recognized leaders. Without these institutions making an effort to actively collect these records could be lost or forgotten.

I encourage those who read this to plan a time to visit and see the collections at these institutions. See for yourself the working being done at these facilities and make an effort to be a part of your community archive or historical society. Think about the records you have, the things that you and your family have done – you may not think it is anything special but someone else might find your story amazing!

Shorefront Legacy Center
2010 Dewey Avenue, Room 205
Evanston, IL 60201

Weekdays – By appointment
Saturdays – 9:00am -2:00pm
Sundays and Major Holidays - Closed