College Archives & Special Collections houses many collections in paper and digital formats. The bulk of its holdings is not available online, although materials are accessible through a scheduled research visit.

College Collections: 

  • Documents the history of the college and the activities of its units and departments  through a range of collected materials including meeting minutes, annual reports, publicity,  correspondence, audiovisual materials, blue prints, and administrative records.

Special Collections:

  • Publication  Collection: consists of rare published materials from historical roots to current works in six areas: book as art, typography, graphic art, ABC/123, photography, and serials.
  • Manuscript Collection:  contains materials created by individuals or organizations, encompassing a wide array of subject areas that reflect the disciplines taught at the institution.
  • Faculty & Staff Publications: works published by Columbia College Chicago faculty and staff during their employment at the college

Thesis & Capstone Collection:

  • Original work created by Columbia College Chicago students in fulfillment of a Master or Bachelor degree