Mayor Richard J. Daley’s personal library available at Special Collections and University Archives

The Richard J. Daley Collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago houses about 700 linear feet of material. Part of that collection is the Mayor’s personal library.

You can find a list of the books in his library in the archival finding aid for Series III, subseries 2 of the collection.

Oral History transcript and cassette. 20150330_113035

Oral History transcript and cassette. 20150330_113035

This library offers a unique insight into the ideas that may have influenced Mayor Daley as he managed the second largest city in the United States.

Because the books from the Mayor’s library are part of a rare collection, they cannot be checked out. But you may read them in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room in the Richard J. Daley Library.