College Archives serves as the designated repository for records of the College and select professional work of its faculty and collections that support its curricula.

College Archives provides access to these materials in both physical and digital formats, and collaborates with College faculty to create digital teaching resources in support of Columbia College Chicago curricula.

Critical to our mission is compliance with best practices and technical standards to ensure ongoing preservation of the collections.

College Archives History

The first College Archivist was hired in August 2005, 115 years after the founding of the school, initially working in space carved out of Special Collections where approximately 150 linear feet of College-related material had been collected. In 2008, the College Archives became its own Library department with three full time staff. In 2009, two Library departments, College Archives and Digital Library Services, merged into one, now known as College Archives. In 2010, the unit obtained a mandate from the Board of Trustees for the College Archives Record Authority Statement and Collection Policy to collect institutional records and manuscript collections.