Access archival finding aids
- See the list of finding aids at UIC.
- Search University Archives for historical records of the university.
- Visit Explore Chicago Collections for finding aids from libraries, museums and archives at UIC and throughout Chicago.
Ask a Librarian for help. Some collections have not been processed yet or there is no finding aid online. If you don’t see a collection you are interested in, we’ll be happy to assist you.
Use archival finding aids
- Read the abstract, the scope and contents and the biographical or administrative history to get a sense of what is in the collection.
- Note any restrictions on the collection.
- Look at the inventory list.
- Write down the box numbers, folder numbers and series numbers you would like to see.
- Note whether the collection is at the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago or at the Library of Health Sciences-Chicago.
- Ask a Librarian to make an appointment or if you have any questions about the archival finding aid or the collection it refers to.
We have a number of online guides that explain how to read specific finding aids for particularly large collections:
For other guides related to other holdings and to popular subject areas, check out our list of UIC Special Collections and University Archives research guides.