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Do History Fair research

Figure out what collections or rare books you’ll want to access for your Chicago Metro History Fair project. From the finding aids for the collections, note specific box and folder numbers you need. Ask a Librarian to make an appointment to visit Special Collections and University Archives. Please note, if you are under 16, you will need to bring your parent or adult guardian with you.

Come prepared!

Know your topic

Have a list of sources

Make an appointment

Plan your visit

Start early!

Archival research takes a long time. Start early on in your project.

Ask Questions!

Remember, we’re here to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Are you a teacher?

If you would like Special Collections and University Archives to give your class a general orientation to the archives, or if you would like to plan a group visit to research the archives, Ask a Librarian.

  • Please let us know at least two weeks in advance.
  • Space is limited. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 students per visit.

Our reading rooms have special hours

For the most up-to-date information on when we are open, see Daley Library (hours and dates open) and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago (hours and days open).

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