UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637 (312) 702-8705
THE DEPARTMENT OF Special Collections of the University of Chicago Library was formed in 1953 from the consolidation of existing book and manuscript collections. The department holds the university's rare book collections, manuscript collections ranging in date from the second century to the present, and the university archives. Sources in Special Collections related to Illinois history can be identified by reference to the inventories of individual collections and through a listing of manuscript holdings, "A Short Title Catalog of Manuscripts in the University of Chicago Library" ( 1986).
The department's earliest sources for Illinois history are found in the Ethno- History collection, which consists of microfilmed and photostated documents from numerous American and foreign repositories. Assembled and indexed by the Anthropology Department between 1936 and 1947, this collection includes letters, reports, maps, and other papers (altogether some fifty thousand pages) pertaining to Indian-white relations in the Mississippi Valley before about 1840. Another concentration of research materials is the Church History Documents collection (6.5 ln.ft.), containing photostats and typescripts of early nineteenth- century records from which William Warren Sweet of the Divinity School