Find Richard J. Daley in UIC’s University Archives!

Mayor Richard J. Daley believed that the University of Illinois at Chicago was one of his greatest achievements.

The "301st day" of construction of the new University of Illinois at Chicago campus

The “301st day” of construction of the new University of Illinois at Chicago campus, July 30, 1964. 086 UA90_999_0359

The University Archives houses documents and photographs from UIC’s early years, including this photo of the Mayor at a ribbon-cutting event…

Mayor Richard J. Daley cuts a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the UIC campus, February 22, 1965. Photo: Public Information Office UICC. 086 UA90_999_0308

Mayor Richard J. Daley cuts a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the UIC campus, February 22, 1965. Photo: Public Information Office UICC. 086 UA90_999_0308

…or this photo of Daley speaking at an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of UIC’s Chicago campus.

Mayor Richard J. Daley, speech at UIC’s tenth anniversary celebration, February 28, 1976

Mayor Richard J. Daley, speech at UIC’s tenth anniversary celebration, February 28, 1976

In honor of the UIC’s 50th anniversary in 2015, the Library’s Special Collections and University Archives has created two online exhibits, where you can revisit the planning and early design of the campus and see photographs of student life from the campus’s early years.

You can also explore the University Archives yourself in our reading room. For more information, see the University Archives home page or ask a librarian.