The following databases can be used to search for archival materials from other libraries' collections.
Chat with a special collections librarian or archivist.
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
12:30-4:30, Saturdays during fall and spring school sessions (call for details)
Closed on holiday weekends and for occasional special events.
Phone: Richard J. Daley Library, Special Collections - 312.996.2742
A primary source is material that was created at the time being studied. It can be a document, a recording or an artifact. It serves as an original source of information about the topic. Primary sources are distinguished from secondary sources which usually are analysis, commentary or a filtered account of the topic.
Suggested search terms for finding primary resources in the library catalog: