College Archives & Special Collections (CASPC) serves as the designated repository for records of Columbia College Chicago and collections of select rare books, publications, and manuscripts which:

  • support College curricula in a student-centered environment
  • document and disseminate the narrative legacy of the College
  • weave Columbia College Chicago into the culture of the city and the world

CASPC provides a welcoming interactive environment to discover, evaluate, and integrate primary and secondary resources of enduring value to a diverse community.


  • Creating innovative and open pathways to resources
  • Providing educational opportunities to stimulate research and creativity
  • Inspiring collaboration on a global scale
  • Encouraging freedom of inquiry while honoring creators’ rights
  • Complying with professional best practices and technical standards
  • Preserving collection holdings in stable formats for future generations