About Us

Chicago State University’s Archives and Special Collections (ASC) department collects manuscripts and records that reflect the historical, literary, and academic traditions of CSU and the south side community of Chicago.

ASC also encourages interdisciplinary research by members of the University and broader academic communities. Our Special Collections encompass these areas

  • Education
  • Social Justice
  • Political Science
  • Health Sciences
  • African American History
  • Neighborhood History


The Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections is open to all members of the Chicago State University as well as the general public. Materials from the Archives do not circulate and therefore must be used in the Reading Room on the third floor of the University Library. The Reading Room is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Please read procedures before your visit.
Collection finding aids and indexes are available upon request. Some finding aids are available on-line.

Reference Requests

The University Archives staff accepts inquiries regarding the department's collections and information related to Chicago State University. Priority must be given to the University's students, faculty, staff and alumni, but questions from the general public are always welcome and will be processed as efficiently as possible.

Please call 773-995-2246 or e-mail csu_archives@csu.edu for your request to be fulfilled. Please allow 7-10 business days for a response.

Policies and Procedures

Photographic Reproductions and Licensing Fees

Photocopies, scanning and licensed use of Archives materials are subject to fees. Permission to reproduce images from Archives collections within a publication (including print, digital, web, moving image and performance) MUST be obtained in advance and in writing from the Archives. Use fees may apply.
See CSU Reproduction and Usage Policies and Fees above under Policies and Procedures.


Should research efforts result in a published work, e.g. book, article, media production, etc., please note the following guidelines when citing or thanking the Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections.

  • Citations should always refer to the Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections.
  • Any acknowledgement or thanks that you might kindly offer Archives staff should again refer to the Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections.
  • Correctly citing the Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections directly will aid future researchers in locating the materials you used.
  • Please visit the Archive's website to learn more about our collections and services.