College Archives performs research on the collections it holds related to Columbia College Chicago history and on the manuscript collections it houses in support the curricula of the College. This exhibit features a small portion of research done on collection materials in order to understand the origins.

College Archives staff performs research consultations about collection holdings and college history, visits other archives to research collections, contacts people to ensure accurate information, teaches as guest lecturers in College classes, speaks at functions of other organizations, and serves as consultant for other local archives, primarily in digital collections management and digital preservation.