Mapping the Blues

Project Information


This project draws on a collection of approximately 45,000 photographs taken by Raeburn Flerlage, newly acquired and digitized by our partners at the Chicago History Museum. It uses a Neatline map to situate Flerlage’s photos of Chicago’s blues scene within the South Side's built environment during the 1960s.

Faculty Chicago Fellow (2017)

Brian McCammack, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Lake Forest College; author of Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago.

Chicago Fellows Research Assistants, Lake Forest College:

Julia Lovelace, '18; and Sarah Boomgarden, '19


Flerlage, Raeburn. Chicago Blues as Seen From The Inside: The Photographs of Raeburn Flerlage. Toronto: ECW Press, 2000.

Green, Adam. Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940-1955. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Gregory, James N. The Southern Diaspora: How The Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Hirsch, Arnold R. Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

McCammack, Brian. Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Rutkoff, Peter M. and William B. Scott. Fly Away: The Great African American Cultural Migrations. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.