Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Christina Kreps

Keywords

Chicago, Collaboration, Conservative Vice Lords, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, National Public Housing Museum, Report to the Public

Abstract

This thesis focuses on better museum practices, social justice museums, and the

unforeseen challenges that museums encounter when collaborating and consulting with

communities. More specifically, this project looks at the National Public Housing

Museum (NPHM) and the exhibit Report to the Public: An Untold Story of the

Conservative Vice Lords (CVL), which was co-created with the Jane Addams Hull-House

Museum. Both Chicago institutions worked with public housing residents and the former

CVL, a 1960s gang, to give voice to two often unheard communities. Through an

anthropological and museum studies perspective, this thesis summarizes the history of

museum practice as well as the history of Chicago public housing and the CVL. By

conducting interviews with staff at these museums and referencing published material

and unpublished audio transcriptions of interviews, this thesis examines better museum

practices and whether or not these museums were able to provide the community a

platform to combat common stereotypes and challenge the way people think about both

public housing residents and gang members. This project also offers recommendations

for both museums in order to help them and other institutions improve the methods they

use when working with communities.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Dionisia Ann Mathios

File size

186 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Museum studies, Cultural anthropology, African American studies

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