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Find an archival collection

UIC Special Collections and University Archives holds a variety of materials that 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.

What might I find in the special collections?

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

  • Activism and social justice
  • African and African American history
  • Design history
  • Economic history
  • Ethnic history
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Health sciences history
  • Labor
  • Midwest women’s history
  • Politics and government
  • Settlement houses

Notable collections

For more collections, see our list of archival finding aids.

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