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The University Archives serves as the official memory of the Chicago State University community and is charged with preserving historical materials from the University’s past and present. Our Special Collections are focused primarily on African American history, literature and politics; Chicago neighborhood history; and the history of education. Highlights include:
Located on the library’s third floor, contains a specialized collection of 48,000 volumes to support teacher preparation programs and works closely with the College of Education. It houses children’s and young adult literatures, textbooks, and other curriculum materials including electronic resources and other media for pre-K through 12th-grade education.
CSU Library is a selective US federal documents repository, which focuses on government information relating to the teaching and research interests of the university. It houses over 90,000 documents various formats: books, pamphlet, journal, poster, map, audiovisual, microform, and electronic. Subject coverage is extensive and includes education, health, criminal justice, census data, defense, government regulations, and other areas with a special emphasis on Social and Environmental Justice and Entreneurship. Plans are forthcoming to develop a center dedicated to these areas.
The Music & Performing Arts Collection provides a variety of resources and materials for research, study and classroom projects, which includes books, scores, and over 3000 recordings—mostly in audio CD format. Electronic resources include music databases (International Index to Music Periodicals) for journal access and three streaming music listening services: Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz, and African-American Song. The collection also has theater and dance resources.
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