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.

University Archives

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," 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
  • Labor
  • Midwest women's history
  • Politics and government
  • Settlement houses

Notable collections

Finding Aids

Try the new UIC Special Collections and University Archives Finding Aid Search!

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.

You can still also browse our finding aids by title as before.


  • updated: May 26, 2021
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