Manuscript Collections: 

Manuscript collections created by individuals, organizations, or groups whose content and creative work supports Columbia College Chicago curriculum and in consultation with the College Archives Advisory Group.

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Special Collections Book Room:

Located on the 4th floor of the Library, the Special Collections Book Room houses...

  • ABC/123 Collection: showcases creative interpretations of alphabet letters and numbers by graphic artists, typographers, photographers, paper engineers, & book designers.
  • Typography Designers Collection: documents the work of individual typographers through their work on an array of typefaces and fonts.
  • Book as Art Collection: contains a variety of publication formats that stretch the limits of what a book can be such as artists’ books, pop-up and movable books, and flip books. 
  • Photography Collection: consists of limited editions andphotographic artists’ books; also, holds the Photography Foundations class study collection. 
  • The Graphic Art Collection: emphasizes these subject strengths:
    • Publication Design: illustrates time-tested design principles and recent design trends.
    • Music Graphics: highlights materials for researching aspects of visual identity.
  • The Serials Collection: introduces a range of historical and contemporary titles mirroring the strengths of collections areas above, including: Émigré, Upper & Lower Case, V magazine, V Men magazine, Parkett, NEST, Exposure, Pinhole, Aperture.

Faculty/Staff Book Collection:

A collection of published works authored or edited by individuals employed at Columbia College Chicago at the time of publication. Click here to view the collection.