About the Political Collections

The Special Collections and University Archives department in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an important research center for the study of the rich and fascinating political history of Chicago, Cook County, and the state of Illinois. The archives contain the personal papers of prominent politicians and the organizational records of influential political groups (PDF). These collections document the ways political groups operated, how ordinary citizens interact with political leaders, and how the legislative and judicial process works. They also provide a compelling record of the lives of the men and women who have shaped our political legacy.