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History of UIC: Archival Resources

A guide to doing general research on the history of the University of Illinois at Chicago and its predecessors, the Chicago Undergraduate Division at Navy Pier and the University of Illinois at the Medical Center.

About the University Archives

The University Archives is the official depository for records with permanent historical value from the University of Illinois at Chicago and includes over 5000 linear feet of material from the establishment of the Chicago College of Pharmacy in 1859 to the present day. In addition to the records of the colleges, departments, and campus units at UIC, the University Archives also includes selected professional and personal manuscripts of faculty, staff, students, and alumni that may be given to the University for preservation and use.

Search the University Archives Database

Search the UIC University Archives holdings database for records pertaining to the history of UIC, or browse the list of finding aids.

Resources in the UIC University Archives

The following materials can be found in the University Archives in the Special Collections departments of the Daley Library or the Library of the Health Sciences. The records are organized by Record Group -- the University Archives Classification System.  Please visit the Archives for assistance using these materials or Ask A Librarian.


College Histories --Histories prepared by various UIC Colleges, typically celebrating an anniversary.

099-00-03 -- University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago: Centennial Issue, 1967-1968

018-00-23 -- One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years of Pharmaceutical Education, 1984

014-00-10 --UIC College of Dentistry, Diamond Jubilee, 1913-1988

016-00-11 -- ’Scope – Centennial edition, v.8 no.3, 1981-1982 [Celebrating the centennial of the UIC College of Medicine]


Reference Files and University Records -- Collections of newspaper clippings, press releases and general information about UIC.

University Archives Clippings Files – Daley Library S.C. Reading Room

000-00-20 -- University Archives Ready Reference Files – Daley Library S.C. Reading Room

000-00-01 -- History and Development, 1916-1975 

064-00-01 – Office of Public Affairs Press Releases, 1962-

099-03-01-02-01 – Medical Center Press Releases, 1958-1991 


UIC Newspapers -- Newspapers published by students or the University.

Student Newspaper: 

059-07-00-04 – Pier Illini (1946-1961)

070-00-01 -- Chicago Illini / Commuter Illini (1962-1988), Chicago Flame (September 1988- )

University Newspaper:

003-00-06 – UICC Journal (1976-1982)

064-00-09 -- At Chicago (1982-1992) and UIC News (1992- )

Medical Center Newspapers:

023-09-00-01 -- Faculty-Alumni Newsletter (1946-1957)

023-09-00-02 – CPC News (1957-1962)

099-12-00-01 --  The Wood Street Journal (1961-1962)

099-12-00-02--  The Illini News (1963-1967)

099-12-00-03 -- Illini Med News (1967-1970).

99-03-03-01-03 -- Medical Center Illini (1975-1982) 


Subject Guide

Kevin O'Brien

Special Collections and University Archives

Ask a Librarian

Special Collections and University Archives:

Richard J. Daley Library: 312-996-2742

Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago: 312-996-8977

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