As the designated repository for records of Columbia College Chicago and its collections of select rare books, publications, and manuscripts, the College Archives & Special Collections accepts donations of primary materials from individuals and organizations which:

  • support College curricula and the research interests of its community
  • document and disseminate the narrative legacy of the College

Decisions about accepting manuscript collections and rare book materials are made in tandem with the the College Archives Advisory Group, the consultative body who assists  College Archives & Special Collections about appropriateness of donations and material gifts for curricular relevance.

Please view the Digital Preservation Policy to understand our commitment to maintaining digital content over time and the Collecting Policy for more information about our collecting areas and focus.

Inquiries about donating manuscript collections, organizational archives, college records, and publications should be directed to

 Internal Transfer of Records

To transfer materials from units at Columbia College Chicago, please find this information on the Records Management page.