University Archives are the historical records of UIC and its predecessors. For more information, please visit the Research UIC history guide.
Sometimes called “manuscript collections,” special collections are historical papers of people or organizations not affiliated with UIC. You can search most of them by consulting our list of finding aids.
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
- Midwest women’s history
- Politics and government
- Settlement houses
- A Century of Progress Records
- Chicago Photographic Collection
- Chicago Urban League Records
- Cook County School of Nursing records
- Daley, Richard J. Collection
- Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records
- Hull-House Collection and other Chicago area settlement houses
- Reitman, Dr. Ben Papers
- Society of Typographic Arts Records
We’re pleased announce a preview of the new search system for UIC finding aids. You can use this system to discover resources in Special Collections and University Archives by searching for your topic or by browsing popular topics. See How to search Special Collections and University Archives finding aids for search tips.