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 from each college unit.Click to explore online content or contact us with questions.

Special Collections & Focused Collections :

  • Focused Collections: consists of rare published materials from historical roots to current works in three areas: typography, photography, and design.
  • Special Collections:  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. Click HERE to browse titles.

Center for Black Music Research Collections :

  • Explore materials highlighting the role of black music in world culture with materials originating or representing black music in the United States, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean in a variety of formats: personal papers, scores, sheet music, audio-visual materials, photographs, books, periodicals, and commercial recordings.

Thesis & Capstone Collection:

  • Original work created by Columbia College Chicago students in fulfillment of a Master or Bachelor degree. Some research is online for further exploration.