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For 25 years, Shorefront has built an archive documenting the African American communities on Chicago’s suburban north shore, accessible to the greater community for research and education. Adding to its growing collection spanning over 275 linear feet, Shorefront has made available audio recordings from Shorefronts original interest group under the name “Through The Eyes of Us”.

The collection, accessible at, includes recordings prior to 2002 that were produced during the organizations Shorefront’s early development under the name “Through the Eyes of Us.” Several of these were part of a publication under the same name. Each interview is accompanied with a photo, the audio file and a read-along transcript and metadata. New recordings will be added periodically.

Most of the audio files were digitized through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture “Community Curation” project held in Evanston in fall, 2019.

Shorefront Voice is supported in part by an award from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration. Additional support comes through The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Shorefront is a nonprofit archival organization that collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore. More information is available at