The Richard J. Daley Special Collections Department houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, and photographs. The rare book collection includes books of permanent, historic, and research interest focusing primarily on the history of Chicago. The manuscript holdings consist of records of individuals and organizations important to the history of Chicago. Images of these individuals, organizations, and Chicago form the core of the photographs and digital images collection.
Special Collections is open to the public during the following hours:
10-4:30, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Closed on holiday weekends and for occasional special events.
Phone: Richard J. Daley Library, Special Collections - 312.996.2742
The following databases can be used to search for archival materials from other libraries' collections.
The following archival collections from organizations contain material related to the experience of Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants to Chicago. The links below lead to finding aids (lists of contents) for each collection.
Please visit Special Collections for assistance using these materials or Ask A Librarian.