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Find an archival collection

The materials at UIC Special Collections and University Archives are available to researchers and we offer several resources to aid you in your search.

Two kinds of collection holdings

We have two kinds of collections.

University Archives are the historical records of UIC and its predecessors. For more information, please visit the research UIC history guide.

Special Collections, sometimes called “manuscript collections,” are the historical papers of people or organizations not affiliated with UIC. You can search most of them by consulting our list of finding aids. University Archives are the historical records of UIC.

What might I find among the special collections?

Our special collections focus primarily on these aspects of Chicago history:

  • Business and Economy
  • Design
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Medicine
  • Politics and government
  • Settlement houses
  • Social justice

Notable collections

For more collections see our list of archival finding aids.

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