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Researching UIC History: Archival Resources

Resources for conducting historical research on the University of Illinois at Chicago and its predecessors, including Chicago Undergraduate Division (Navy Pier), Circle Campus, Chicago Professional Colleges, and the Medical Center.

About the University Archives

The UIC ARCHIVES is the official repository for records with permanent historical value from the University of Illinois at Chicago dating 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 UIC ARCHIVES also includes selected professional and personal manuscripts of faculty, staff, and alumni that may be given to the University for preservation and use.

The UIC ARCHIVES is part of the Special Collection and University Archives department located at the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences–Chicago.

Search the UIC ARCHIVES Database

For a basic searches of our holdings.

Browse the UIC ARCHIVES Finding Aids

Finding aids ordered by Record Group Number.

Commonly used materials for research about the University.  The record group numbers associated with the collections below are linked to our holdings database, which also incudes a link to the finding aid for many collections. 

Note: each collection listed below is marked "RJD" for the UIC ARCHIVES-East in the Richard J. Daley Library on the east side of campus or "LHS" for the UIC ARCHIVES-West in the Library of the Health Sciences–Chicago on the west side of campus.

For assistance using these materials, contact us through the library's Ask A Librarian service.  Select "Special Collections and University Archives" in the subject box and enter "UIC Archives," the Record Group number [in square brackets below], and your specific question.  

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

  • University Archives Ready Reference Files  [RG# 000-00-20]  RJD
  • History and Development (1916-1975)  [RG# 000-00-01]  RJD
  • Office of Public Affairs Press Releases (1962-  )  [RG# 064-00-01]  RJD
  • Medical Center Press Releases (1958-1991)  [RG# 099-03-01-02-01]  LHS 
  • University Archives Clippings Files RJD, Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room

UIC Newspapers
Newspapers published by students or the University.

     Student NewspaperS: 

  • Pier Illini,  (1946-1961)  [RG# 059-07-00-04]  RJD
  • Chicago Illini / Commuter Illini (1962-1988), Chicago Flame (September
      [RG# 070-00-01]  RJD

     University NewspaperS:

  • UICC Journal (1976-1982)  [RG# 003-00-06]  RJD
  • At Chicago (1982-1992) and UIC News (1992- )  [RG# 064-00-09]  RJD

     Medical Center Newspapers:


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

  • Dentistry
    UIC College of Dentistry, Diamond Jubilee, 1913-1988
      [RG# 014-00-10]  LHS
  • Medicine 
    ’Scope – Centennial edition, v.8 no.3, 1981-1982 
    [Celebrating the centennial of the UIC College of Medicine]
    [RG# 016-00-11]  LHS
  • Medical Center
    University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago: Centennial Issue, 1967-1968
      [RG# 099-00-03LHS

  • Pharmacy
    One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years of Pharmaceutical Education, 1984
      [RG# 018-00-23]  LHS

Assistant Professor & University Archivist


Special Collections and University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library (MC 234)
801 South Morgan Street, 3-330 LIB
Chicago, Illlinois 60607

(312) 996-2742


Special Collections and University Archives
Library / Health Sciences-Chicago  (MC 763)
1750 West Polk Street, Room 320
Chicago, Illinois 60612

(312) 996-8977