Why use a manuscript collection?
Manuscript collections offer a key to the study of the past. As unique primary sources, they contain one-of-a-kind documents, photographs and artifacts.
What collections do you have?
Ask a Librarian for help.
Learn more about using archival finding aids.
Can anyone access these collections?
Yes! Our collections are freely available and open to the public. The Special Collections and University Archives department supports the educational and research activities of UIC students and faculty, visiting scholars and the research community at large.
Most collections can be accessed by anyone. We particularly welcome
- UIC faculty and students
- Visiting researchers
- History Fair students
- General public
Can I borrow manuscript collections?
Occasionally museums, libraries or other heritage institutions that meet stringent insurance requirements do borrow our materials for exhibits and other purposes.
What kinds of collections do you have?
Our collections focus primarily on these aspects of Chicago history:
- Business and Economy
- Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- Politics and government
- Settlement houses
- Social justice
- Chicago Photograph Collection
- Chicago Urban League Records
- Century of Progress Records
- CME Group Records (Chicago Board of Trade)
- Daley, Richard J. Collection
- Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records
- Hull-House Collection and other Chicago area settlement houses
- Illinois Training School For Nurses Records
- Reitman, Dr. Ben Papers
- Society of Typographic Arts Records
For more collections see our list of archival finding aids.
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).