Why use our collections?
Archival and manuscript collections are the historical papers of people and organizations. As unique primary sources, they contain one-of-a-kind documents, photographs and artifacts. Special Collections and University Archives holds more than 63,000 rare books dating from 1496 and over 14,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material.
What collections do you have?
Our existing strengths of Special Collections and University Archives collections are the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago; the history of education and practice of medicine in Chicago and elsewhere; and historical records of the University of Illinois at Chicago and its predecessors.
- Chicago Photograph Collection
- Chicago Urban League Records
- Century of Progress Records
- Daley, Richard J. Collection
- Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records
- Hull-House Collection and other Chicago area settlement houses
- Illinois Training School For Nurses Records
- Reitman, Dr. Ben Papers
- Society of Typographic Arts Records
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Learn more about using archival finding aids.
Can anyone access these collections?
Yes! Our collections can be accessed by anyone. We particularly welcome:
- UIC faculty and students
- Visiting researchers
- History Fair students
- General public
Can my class visit the reading rooms?
Absolutely! We are happy to work with UIC faculty and staff as well as non-UIC educators to structure a hands-on instruction session on a variety of topics. Please submit a request for library instruction.
Can I borrow material from Special Collections & University Archives?
Occasionally museums, libraries or other heritage institutions that meet stringent insurance requirements do borrow our materials for exhibits and other purposes.