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:
- CME Group Collections (including Chicago Board of Trade, MidAmerica Commodity Exchange, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange)
- Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records
- UIC History in the UIC Archives
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.