College Archives & Special Collections (CASPC) serves as the designated repository for records of Columbia College Chicago and collections of select rare books, publications, and manuscripts which:
- support College curricula in a student-centered environment
- document and disseminate the narrative legacy of the College
- weave Columbia College Chicago into the culture of the city and the world
CASPC provides a welcoming interactive environment to discover, evaluate, and integrate primary and secondary resources of enduring value to a diverse community.
College Archives & Special Collections 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 2006, space was made for the College Archives on the second floor of the Library. 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 (formerly known as Digital and Media Services), merged into one, known as College Archives. By 2014, College Archives again merged with the Special Collections department to become “College Archives & Special Collections.” As collections continued to grow in size, the department was transferred to the second floor of the 619 S. Wabash building in 2015.