Events



Upcoming events

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: Go Bears! Go Bulls! Go Cubs! Go Hawks! Go Sox! Join us for an in-depth tour of our sports-related collections and of our current sports-related exhibits, led by archivists and research center staff. Explore materials related to both Chicago's well-known and loved teams, as well as more esoteric sports, including the Chicago Marathon!

    The tour will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Visitors must register separately for each of the the events. Visitors will need to abide by the rules of the museum (e.g., complimentary bag check, no outside food or drink) for both events. Those attending both events are encouraged to browse the museum and make use of its café for lunch in between events and after the speaker concludes. Information on museum rules, parking and other visit logistics is available on the museum website at http://chicagohistory.org/.

    The Chicago History Museum is a research center and exhibition space focused on collecting and telling Chicago's stories. In addition to exhibitions on Chicago’s history, the Chicago History Museum houses a Research Center which serves the research collections of the museum—archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, published material, and architectural drawings.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 4 sessions
    • 1926 N. Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: Guests will view a sample of archival materials selected by staff, including “excellent ephemera,” Chicago Imagist exhibition ephemera, and other materials, have a peek into the archive, and a brief tour of Roger Brown’s Artists’ Museum of Chicago. The experience will focus on the relationship between the archive and Brown’s collection of objects, and the way his creative life is reflected in "the paper trail," of archival materials he intentionally saved.

    Each tour will last approximately 1 hour. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    The Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) is a house museum, special collection, and archive of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Located in Brown's former home and studio, the RBSC features works by Chicago Imagists, self-taught artists, folk and tribal art and objects from material and popular culture, costumes, textiles, furniture, travel souvenirs, and a Ford Mustang in the garage. The archive holdings are a rich reflection of Brown’s creative life.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • 430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

    Chicago Open Archives event: Visitors will tour the NAR Library & Archives and view highlights from the collections, including a selection of materials honoring the 2016 centennial of the REALTOR® trademark.

    The tour will last approximately 30 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.1 million members, including NAR’s institutes, societies and councils involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. The NAR Archives documents the history and development of the association and the evolution of the real estate brokerage industry in the United States.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • 11111 S Forrestville Ave, Chicago, IL 60628

    Chicago Open Archives event: Staff will give a tour and short talk about our current exhibit and provide details about the items and collections that enhance the experience for visitors. We will tour the Pullman Factory complex, see parts of the archives, and discuss how we are using the materials to create a virtual museum.

    The talk and tour will last approximately 2 hours. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    The Pullman State Historic Site is comprised of the Pullman Factory complex and the Hotel Florence in the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 16 sessions
    • Cudahy Library, Room 218, Lake Shore Campus, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

    Chicago Open Archives event: Selected items from the collections will be on display and visitors will receive a behind the scenes tour of the new archives & special collections space.

    The tours will last approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is home to the University's historical records as well as collections pertaining to Samuel Insull, Catholic History, Chicago entertainment, and a 14,000 item rare book collection.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 18 sessions
    • Piper Hall, Loyola University Chicago, 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

    Chicago Open Archives event: Visitors may tour both Piper Hall (a renovated 1909 mansion) and the WLA. Selected archival collections will be available for viewing.

    Tours will last 30-45 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    Parking is available in the Loyola University Chicago Parking Garage at the corner of Sheridan Road and Winthrop.

    Established in 1994, the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) collects and makes available permanently valuable records of women and women's organizations, which document women's lives, roles, and contributions.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 3 sessions
    • 37 S Wabash Ave, 5th floor, Chicago, IL 60603

    Chicago Open Archives event: Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes tour of our archival storage area, an introduction to our holdings by staff members and a hands-on viewing opportunity of select material from the archives and the artists' book collection. We will show you how to request material for future visits and screen select performance documentation throughout all three days of Chicago Open Archives.

    The tour and viewing will last approximately 1 hour. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    Visitors may stay and browse material until 4 PM on all three days.

    The Flaxman Library Special Collections house an array of personal and business papers, amongst them the archives of Randolph Street Gallery and Three Walls Gallery, in addition to rare films, artists’ books and other unique materials that support SAIC’s curriculum and allow for in-depth research with original source materials. 

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

    Chicago Open Archives event: Staff will select choice items from the Northside Neighborhood History Collection to share with visitors.

    The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    The Northside Neighborhood History Collection at the Sulzer Regional Library highlights historical and contemporary materials about Northside neighborhoods.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • 7358 S Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629

    Chicago Open Archives event: Staff from the National Archives at Chicago will give a brief tour of the facility and display some of their favorite records with the visitors.

    The tour and talk will last approximately 60 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    Location is one block west of the intersection of 75th and Pulaski.

    The National Archives at Chicago has over 120,000 cubic feet of historical records created or received by U.S. Government offices and federal courts in six Midwestern states dating from 1800 to the 1990s. Among subjects of local interest are: the Great Lakes and inland waterways, Native Americans, the environment, immigration and naturalization, inventions and technology, railroads, the automotive industry, and domestic conditions during World Wars I and II.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: Acclaimed filmmaker and researcher Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground, Hoop Dreams, One Love) will speak about his experiences researching sports history, most recently as director of the Kartemquin-produced film The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

    The talk will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Visitors must register separately for each of the the events. Visitors will need to abide by the rules of the museum (e.g., complimentary bag check, no outside food or drink) for both events. Those attending both events are encouraged to browse the museum and make use of its café for lunch in between events and after the speaker concludes. Information on museum rules, parking and other visit logistics is available on the museum website at http://chicagohistory.org/.

    The Chicago History Museum is a research center and exhibition space focused on collecting and telling Chicago's stories. In addition to exhibitions on Chicago’s history, the Chicago History Museum houses a Research Center which serves the research collections of the museum—archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, published material, and architectural drawings.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • 329 W. 18th Street, Suite 610, Chicago, IL 60616

    Chicago Open Archives event: Chicago Film Archives will screen a selection of films that represent the archive's breadth of material. Questions and answers are welcome before, after, and during the screening.

    The screening will last approximately 45 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    Chicago Film Archives is a regional film archive dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving, and providing access to films that represent the Midwest.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 801 S. Morgan, Room 3-330, Chicago IL 60607

    Chicago Open Archives event: One of UIC Special Collections and University Archives’ collecting strengths are its Chicago design history holdings, which include the 27 Chicago Designers, the Society of Typographic Arts, and the Institute of Design, among others. 

    Visit UIC’s Richard J. Daley Library to take a guided tour of our design exhibit, view additional materials from our holdings, and hear more about Chicago design history.

    Note that the exhibit is open to the public Thursday and Friday 10 AM - 4 PM.

    The Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley library houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs, with particular strength in the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. UIC's University Archives is the repository for historical records of the University of Illinois at Chicago and its predecessors as well as selected papers of prominent faculty, alumni, and administrative staff. See more information at http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/special-collections-university-archives.


    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • University Library, Room TBD, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

    Chicago Open Archives event: Become a Wikipedian! Join Chicago Collections to create and/or improve articles on Chicago topics that relate to our members’ archives and collections. We will be editing on Thursday at Northwestern University in the University Library. 

    For more details on this event please see the Chicago Collections website. Information on registration is coming soon.


    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610

    Chicago Open Archives event: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Newberry's manuscripts and archives processing space. Archivists will present materials from the Newberry's extensive Chicago-related collections, and discuss our current projects.

    The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Large bags, coats, food, and drink are not allowed on the tour. Lockers are available in the Newberry Library lobby to store personal items.

    A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive, non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 3 sessions
    • WFMT Archives, 5400 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
    Chicago Open Archives Event: Visitors will be given a tour of the WFMT Radio station facilities as well as their archives. Tour will also include portions of the WTTW facility which may include the Check Please and Soundstage sets, schedule permitting. Additionally, visitors will be able to explore two of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive technology tools on site: The Hyperaud.io Pad and the Trint Interactive Transcript player.

    The event will last approximately 1 hour (45 minute tour, 15 minute demo). Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    A parking lot is available.

    The Studs Terkel Archive is also offering a Vamonde Adventure! Check out STUDS TERKEL: VIEWS OF A SPLENDID WORLD at any time.

    The Studs Terkel Radio Archive is home to Terkel's 45 years of broadcasts from WFMT. Our aim is to create a free online repository that allows for interactivity, creative re-use and streams of his legendary conversations. The Terkel Archive is housed at the WFMT Archives, which documents WFMT’s long, rich history in classical music and fine arts programming.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Paul V. Galvin Library, 35 W. 33rd St., Chicago, IL 60616

    Chicago Open Archives event: UASC staff will conduct a show-and-tell of recent acquisitions and highlights from the collection, including early wire recorders developed at IIT, photographs and academic catalogs from the New Bauhaus and Institute of Design, and Bronzeville community history materials. The activity will take place in the UASC reading room.

    The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    UASC is located on the lower level of the library.

    IIT is also offering a Vamonde Adventure! Check out INTERSECTIONS AT ILLINOIS TECH at any time.

    University Archives & Special Collections (UASC) collects Illinois Institute of Technology records and those of its predecessor schools, the Armour Institute of Technology and Lewis Institute. UASC also houses materials related to the New Bauhaus and Institute of Design, the development of IIT’s Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed campus, and the Bronzeville neighborhood.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 4 sessions
    • 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301

    Chicago Open Archives event: Enjoy a special display of items from the Oak Park Public Library Special Collections and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park Archives. Then take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library's digitization workspace.

    Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    The Oak Park Public Library's Special Collections contain rare books, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs from Oak Park authors and other notable residents. Also included are early records of the Library. The Foundation's archives contain manuscripts, photographs, and correspondence from the Hemingway family. Also included are secondary sources on Hemingway and original movie posters. More information available at http://oppl.org/collections-download/special-collections.

    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610

    Chicago Open Archives event: This program will include a combination of showcasing "behind the scenes" artifacts and a short lecture. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with several of historic texts from the collection. 

    The program will last approximately 45 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged.

    Admission fee required: While registration for this special event is free (and is listed as such on the left), participants will need to pay the regular entrance fee to the Museum upon arrival: $15 for adults, $10 for students, teachers, members of the military, and seniors.

    The International Museum of Surgical Science is located in one of the few remaining historic mansions open to the public on Lake Shore Drive. It boasts four floors of exhibits that range from topics of medical history, ophthalmology, gynecology, and much more. The Museum is home to over 20,000 artifacts and 4,000 rare medical texts.

    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

    Chicago Open Archives event: Visitors will be given a tour of the MCA's small Library and Archives space, which will include a show and tell of some of the most unique and engaging items from the collection. Visitors will then attend a short screening featuring archival footage of some early MCA programming, artist interviews, and MCA promotional videos.

    The tour and screening will last approximately 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Since 1967, the MCA has been in the vanguard of contemporary art, making history with provocative and engaging programming. The Library and Archives collection keeps that history alive and makes it accessible to researchers and MCA staff alike. The archival collections tell the story of the MCA's exhibitions and programming through a rich variety of materials, including publications, photographs, exhibition records, ephemera, videos, and audio tapes.

    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 618 S Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60605

    Chicago Open Archives event: Stop by and view "Open the Door Chicago: a Great Migration Musical Journey" featuring materials from the Center for Black Music Research Library and Archives. View this exhibit of original photographs, audio interview clips and promotional materials showcasing several music personalities that made the journey from southern rural areas to the northern urban city of Chicago. DJ Richard Stamz, the “Crown Prince of Soul,” had a “down home” on-air personality and radio show that appealed to Chicago’s new arrivals from the south. Photojournalist Sue Cassidy Clark interviewed soul, blues, and gospel performers who migrated to Chicago including Inez Andrews, Jerry Butler, Buddy Guy, and the Staple Singers. Backstage tours given on request.

    People are free to arrive any time to view the exhibit and browse. No registration necessary.

    Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research is the only institution of its kind. The Library and Archives offer both a safe haven and access hub for materials relating to music from the African diaspora.

    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 865 N. Sangamon St., Suite 405, Chicago IL 60642

    Chicago Open Archives event: Take a behind the scenes tour of the collections and facilities that are usually not open to the public. Visitors will also see a short screening of some highlights from the collection.

    The tour and screening will last approximately 30 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    Media Burn Archive is also offering a Vamonde Adventure! Check out CROSS TOWN CLASSIC at any time.

    Media Burn Archive is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 to collect, preserve, and make available documentary video and television created by artists, activists, and community groups. Media Burn Archive makes more than 3,000 hours of footage available online for use by scholars, educators, students, and the general public.

    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Roger Brown Study Collection, School of the Art Institute, 1926 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: Join the Roger Brown Study Collection, part of the School of the Art Institute, to view these unique materials! Guests will view a sample of archival materials selected by archive volunteers including a selection from the publications, videos, working papers, props, costumes and ephemera from the Goat Island company. A brief presentation will focus on the problems inherent in archiving the residues and traces of live art activity and performance.

    Each tour will last approximately 1 hour. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Goat Island was an acclaimed Chicago-based international collaborative performance group that was active from 1987 – 2009 presenting work in nine countries. Their work is considered to be seminal as visual-performance, dance, and experimental theater, self described as 'both dance like and pedestrian'. Goat Island created performances devised through a method of research and response to literature, archival materials, and historical detail. In addition to performing and teaching, they also gave an international summer school, company members delivered collaborative lectures and published in professional journals and created their own artists’ books.

    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637

    Chicago Open Archives event: A behind-the-scenes tour will be offered at 3:15 pm, followed by a 4 pm gallery talk given by a curator of the exhibition "Alma Lach’s Kitchen: Transforming Taste." Like Julia Child and James Beard, Lach was a chef, cookbook author, and food consultant who opened mid-century American kitchens to new techniques and ingredients. Visitors can also view a selection of treasures from the Center's collections, including Ida B. Wells' diary and Enrico Fermi's Manhattan Project notebook.

    The tour will last 30-45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute gallery talk. There will be time to view the exhibit after. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    The Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library's rare books, archives, and manuscript collections.

    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
    • 112 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL, 60603

    Chicago Open Archives event: Staff will give visitors a guided tour of closed stacks, a conservation area, or other space not usually open to researchers in order to share information about the breadth of collections, areas of expertise, and/or services offered by the Video Data Bank. Take a tour of the Video Data Bank's audiovisual holdings, and learn about their ongoing, in-house digitization program.

    Guided tour will be approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Visitors will be required to sign in with the front desk with a photo ID to receive an identification sticker. Visitors will then take the elevators to the 3rd floor, and the Video Data Bank offices are directly outside the elevators. 

    Video Data Bank (VDB) is a leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB Collection includes the work of more than 550 artists and 6,000 video art titles.

    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 53 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505

    Chicago Open Archives event: Stop by on Friday and Saturday to see items from our collection that are not currently on display; think of it as a cabinet of curiosities. The exhibit is open from 12-8pm and guided tours will be available from 5-7pm on Friday; the exhibit is also open from 10am-4pm on Saturday.

    Guided tours will be approximately 45 minutes. No registration necessary.

    Free parking is available behind the museum.

    Located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum tells the history of the Aurora Fire Department, fire history, and fire safety.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 5 sessions
    • 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604

    Chicago Open Archives event: The ULCC Open Archives activity will be held in the Club’s fourth floor library. Through selected books, documents, and artifacts from the ULCC Archives and Special Collections, this presentation will tell the multi-layered stories of ULCC member involvement in Chicago history.

    Each presentation will last approximately 1 hour. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Please note: the ULCC has a strict dress code which does not allow shorts, athletic attire, or faded/torn/distressed denim. It does allow casual attire (slacks, dress denim, collared shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters) on Saturdays in the Clubhouse. Visitors will enter the lobby via the Jackson Street or Federal Street entrance. All visitors will gather in the lobby and then be escorted to the fourth floor library. No visitors will be allowed to be un-escorted in the building. Parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the building on Federal Street.

    Established in 1879 to uphold the sacred obligations of citizenship, to promote honesty and efficiency in government, and to support cultural institutions and the beautification of the city, the Union League Club of Chicago is a private club that has been a contributing partner in the growth and development of Chicago. Through the efforts of its membership, the Club is a catalyst for action in the political, economic and social arenas—focusing its leadership and resources on important social issues.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
    • 610 Farragut Avenue, Building 42, Great Lakes, IL 60088-2618

    Chicago Open Archives event: Join the National Museum of the American Sailor for a guided tour of the exhibit “‘Colorful Characters: What Archives and Rare Books Revealed about Secret Sailor Uniforms.” 

    The guided tour will last approximately 20 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    The National Museum of the American Sailor is located about 3 miles east of Interstate 94 just off of Illinois Route 137 (Buckley Road). The museum is easily reached by Metra commuter trains from Kenosha and Chicago at the Great Lakes train station. Just walk about a quarter mile north and cross Sheridan Road. The museum is located outside and to the north of the naval station’s main gate, just to the east of the visitors center. Ample parking is available just off of Sheridan Road.

    The National Museum of the American Sailor collects and preserves artifacts and personal archival materials about the United States Navy’s enlisted Sailors from 1775 to the present. The museum’s historical collections reflect the global travels of naval enlisted personnel. Donated personal materials include personal letters, photo albums, and scrapbooks of Sailors and WAVES; the largest public collection of recruit group photographs and yearbooks; uniforms, flags, and personal artifacts; and pamphlets, postcards, and rare printed materials, including the Great Lakes Bulletin, the Navy’s oldest continuously published base newspaper.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Suite 314, Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the department, including spaces usually off-limits to researchers. Visitors will learn more about collection strengths, how collections grow over time, what processing decisions provide researcher access to the materials, and which preservation activities are needed to support a largely 19th and 20th century collection.There will be an opportunity for questions and to tailor the tour to the interests of the group.

    Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    DePaul Special Collections and Archives collects, preserves, and shares primary source materials in support of engaged teaching, active student learning, and scholarly and community research. Archival collection strengths include Chicago and Lincoln Park history; social justice; university archives; and the archives of the Western Province of the Vincentian order.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., 9th floor, Chicago, IL 60605

    Chicago Open Archives event: All of Chicago’s a stage. Home to over 75 theater collections, CPL is the premiere library for Chicago’s rich theater history. Come “play” on our stage and enjoy a selection of treasures including playbills, costume designs, photographs, original scripts and set designs. You might recognize a few actors from before they were stars. Join us any time during our Open House hours on Saturday, October 8 between 10 AM and 1 PM, as well as our special talk from 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

    The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. Registration for the talk is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    The Chicago Public Library opened its doors January 1, 1873. Special Collections at Harold Washington Library Center features significant and unique archives about Chicago, with a focus on the city's neighborhoods, local theaters, the 1893 and 1933 World's Fairs, Mayor Harold Washington and Chicago parks, as well as rare books and Illinois in the Civil War.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Regional History Center (Rm 400), Founders Memorial Library, 217 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

    Chicago Open Archives event: Staff will provide behind-the-scenes tours with show-and-tell multiple times throughout the day on Saturday, Oct 8. Visitors are also encouraged to view three exhibits showcasing materials on activism from the Regional History Center, Southeast Asia (SEA) Collection, and Rare Books and Special Collections specifically designed to highlight the variety of items from several of NIU's unique collections. Exhibits can be viewed on the 4th floor of the library during normal library hours from 9 AM - 10 PM.

    The open house goes from 10 AM - 3PM and each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    The Regional History Center is located on the 4th floor of Founders Memorial Library. You may park anywhere on campus for free on the weekends (except for the spaces marked “24 hour reserved”).

    The Regional History Center at Northern Illinois University houses three related sets of historical records: University Archives, Regional Collections, and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (local government records). The University Archives documents the history of NIU back to its founding in 1895. The Regional Collections has materials related to the eighteen Northern Illinois counties, excluding Cook, dating back to 1800.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 3 sessions
    • 9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60628

    Chicago Open Archives event: Harsh archivists will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives, including a tour of the current exhibit "111 Years of the Chicago Defender."

    Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    The largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest, the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature documents the black experience with a strong focus on Chicago.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • 610 Farragut Avenue, Building 42, Great Lakes, IL 60088-2618

    Chicago Open Archives event: Join us for a guided workshop, helpful for both genealogical research and satisfying historical curiosity - “Researching U.S. Navy Enlisted Personnel, 1883-1985.”

    The workshop will last approximately 75 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    The National Museum of the American Sailor is located about 3 miles east of Interstate 94 just off of Illinois Route 137 (Buckley Road). The museum is easily reached by Metra commuter trains from Kenosha and Chicago at the Great Lakes train station. Just walk about a quarter mile north and cross Sheridan Road. The museum is located outside and to the north of the naval station’s main gate, just to the east of the visitors center. Ample parking is available just off of Sheridan Road.

    The National Museum of the American Sailor collects and preserves artifacts and personal archival materials about the United States Navy’s enlisted Sailors from 1775 to the present. The museum’s historical collections reflect the global travels of naval enlisted personnel. Donated personal materials include personal letters, photo albums, and scrapbooks of Sailors and WAVES; the largest public collection of recruit group photographs and yearbooks; uniforms, flags, and personal artifacts; and pamphlets, postcards, and rare printed materials, including the Great Lakes Bulletin, the Navy’s oldest continuously published base newspaper.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 4 sessions
    • 5925 N Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60660

    Chicago Open Archives event: Visitors will be able to see digitization of audio materials. Visitors will receive a tour of the Experimental Sound Studio and the Creative Audio Archive, after there will be an audio digitization demonstration. We will conclude with a question and answer session. Demonstrations will be at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30.

    Tours and demonstrations will last approximately 60 minutes, with the digitization demo taking approximately 25 minutes. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Parking is available in front of the building.

    Creative Audio Archive (CAA) is an audio archive that specializes in the preservation, cataloging and dissemination of Chicago's vibrant experimental and improvisational jazz scene. Housed at Experimental Sound Studio, it offers transfer services to surrounding cultural heritage sites in Chicago, commissions artists that engage with the collections and seeks to expand its holdings as the scene grows.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 11:00 AM
    • 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Suite 314, Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: DePaul University has been a fixture in Lincoln Park since the opening of St. Vincent’s College in 1898, witnessing and sometimes influencing social, demographic, and architectural change. Drop in to view a video of oral histories discussing the Lincoln Park neighborhood from the 1960s to early 2000s, produced by the Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative. Learn about the archival collections created and donated by organizations and individuals in Lincoln Park.

    The program is continuous over the course of 2 hours. Attendees are welcome to drop in at anytime. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    DePaul Special Collections and Archives collects, preserves, and shares primary source materials in support of engaged teaching, active student learning, and scholarly and community research. Archival collection strengths include Chicago and Lincoln Park history; social justice; university archives; and the archives of the Western Province of the Vincentian order.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60603

    Chicago Open Archives event: Browse highlights from the Ryerson & Burnham Archives in the grandeur of a room designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge and Louis J. Millet in 1900. Selections will include materials from the archives of Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Bruce Goff, Bertrand Goldberg, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter and Marion Griffin, Harry Weese, Ivan Albright, Richard Nickel, Mary Reynolds and more. Archives staff will be available to answer questions after the presentation.

    Each presentation will last approximately 30 minutes. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    There is no set number of sessions; tours will begin at approximately 30 minute intervals. No more than 20 participants on each tour, please. 

    The Ryerson & Burnham Archives collect artists’ and architects’ papers, with emphasis on 18th-20th century architecture and 19th century painting, prints, drawings, and decorative arts, with particular depth in Chicago and the Midwest.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Suite 314, Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: Have you ever taken stock of your digital life? What would happen to your photos and social media if you weren’t there to log in, or if specific platforms became unavailable? What are the best strategies for saving your most important digital files long term? This workshop will introduce you to basic steps you can take to promote longevity and access to the digital content you create every day.

    The program will last 1 hour. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    DePaul Special Collections and Archives collects, preserves, and shares primary source materials in support of engaged teaching, active student learning, and scholarly and community research. Archival collection strengths include Chicago and Lincoln Park history; social justice; university archives; and the archives of the Western Province of the Vincentian order.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 53 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505

    Chicago Open Archives event: Join us on Saturday at 1 PM for a presentation on preserving your family history and what a fire museum’s collections can add to this research.

    Presentation will be approximately 1 hour. Advance registration is required. This event is free of charge.

    Free parking is available behind the museum.

    Located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum tells the history of the Aurora Fire Department, fire history, and fire safety.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • John M. Flaxman Library, 37 S Wabash, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

    Chicago Open Archives event: Become a Wikipedian! Join Chicago Collections to create and/or improve articles on Chicago topics that relate to our members’ archives and collections. We will be editing on Saturday at the School of the Art Institute in the Flaxman Library.

    For more details on this event please see the Chicago Collections website. Information on registration is coming soon.


    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • John T. Richardson Library, Scholar’s Lab, 2350 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

    Chicago Open Archives event: Become a Wikipedian! Join Chicago Collections to create and/or improve articles on Chicago topics that relate to our members’ archives and collections. We will be editing on Saturday at DePaul University, Richardson Library. 

    For more details on this event please see the Chicago Collections website. Information on registration is coming soon.


    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649

    Chicago Open Archives event: Join us for Community Cataloging! Volunteers are invited to assist in the care and cataloging of our special collections. No archival experience necessary.

    We will be cataloging for approximately 1 hour. Registration is not necessary, but is encouraged. This event is free of charge.

    Free on-street parking is available as well as limited spots in the lot directly behind the Stony Island Arts Bank.

    Rebuild Foundation is a nonprofit organization that endeavors to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture based, artist led, and neighborhood driven.

Past events

20 Sep 2016 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
08 Sep 2016 Tour of Rush University Medical Center Archives
16 Aug 2016 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
12 Aug 2016 Video Digitization Workshop
04 Aug 2016 CAA @ SAA Meet-Up
20 Jul 2016 Grant Park Music Festival
15 Jul 2016 Selecting, Preparing, and Implementing a Content Management System (CMS)
01 Jun 2016 Tour of WFMT Radio Archives
26 May 2016 Creating Successful Conference Proposals
16 May 2016 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
29 Apr 2016 CAA @ MAC Meet-Up
06 Apr 2016 Tour of Chicago History Museum
30 Mar 2016 CAA Annual Members Meeting
18 Feb 2016 CAA Archives Salon
27 Jan 2016 Perspectives on Social Media in Archives: Presentation and Panel
13 Jan 2016 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
08 Dec 2015 CAA Holiday Party 2015
08 Dec 2015 EAD/XML Beginners Workshop
02 Dec 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
29 Oct 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
10 Oct 2015 Glen Ellyn Historical Society - Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Archives - Highlights from the collections (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 Frances Willard Historical Association/Frances Willard Memorial Library & Archives - Tour and Research How-to (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 National Archives at Chicago - Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 Chicago Public Library Special Collections and Preservation Division - Highlights from the collections (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 Shorefront Legacy Center - Presentation with highlights from the collections (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 University of St. Francis - Presentation and Self-guided Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 DePaul University Special Collections and Archives - Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 Creative Audio Archive at Experimental Sound Studio - Guided Tour and Mini-digitization Workshop (Chicago Open Archives)
10 Oct 2015 Chicago Public Library, Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature - Guided Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
09 Oct 2015 Video Data Bank - Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
09 Oct 2015 University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center - Open House and Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
09 Oct 2015 Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives - Exhibit Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
09 Oct 2015 University of Illinois Chicago Library of the Health Sciences - Exhibit and Walking Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
09 Oct 2015 Bronzeville / Black Chicagoan Historical Society - Exhibit and Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
09 Oct 2015 Media Burn Independent Video Archive - Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Chicago Collections Raw Material: Uncovering Chicago’s Historical Collections (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 DePaul University Special Collections and Archives – How to Conduct Research in our Collections (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Newberry Library – Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections – Open House, Exhibit, Panel Discussion, Reception (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Benedictine University Archives Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 American Medical Association - Exhibit and Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Roger Brown Study Collection Tour @ School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Chicago History Museum - Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Shorefront Legacy Center - Presentation with highlights from the collections (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Oak Park Public Library Special Collections and Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park Archives - Exhibit and Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
08 Oct 2015 Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago - Behind the Scenes Tour (Chicago Open Archives)
03 Oct 2015 History in Our Own Backyards: Discovering Evanston's historical resources
24 Sep 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
24 Sep 2015 Chicago Park District Archives Tour
18 Sep 2015 An Inside Look on the Hiring Process: Archives and Libraries
26 Aug 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
21 Aug 2015 CAA @ SAA Meet-Up
07 Jul 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
01 Jul 2015 Grant Park Music Festival
25 Jun 2015 Tour of the CSO Archives
02 Jun 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
26 May 2015 CAA Archives Salon Spring 2015
21 May 2015 Managing Digital Content
08 May 2015 CAA @ MAC Meet Up
28 Apr 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
30 Mar 2015 Records and Information Management: Making It Work for You! (MAC Workshop)
23 Mar 2015 CAA Annual Members Meeting
08 Mar 2015 MAC 2015 Room and Ride Share
26 Feb 2015 Rolled, Stoned & Inked: 25 Years of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
24 Feb 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
20 Jan 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
16 Jan 2015 Chicago Area Archivists Presentation – Managing Digital Content Over Time
09 Dec 2014 CAA Holiday Party
20 Nov 2014 A Panel Discussion on Archive Professionals in Non-Traditional Archival Settings
11 Nov 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
30 Oct 2014 The Roger Brown Study Collection Tour
25 Oct 2014 Willard Archives@75, Oct 25
21 Oct 2014 Archives Month Happy Hour
07 Oct 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
16 Sep 2014 Chicago Film Archives Tour
26 Aug 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
14 Aug 2014 CAA @ SAA Meet-up
29 Jul 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
09 Jul 2014 Grant Park Music Festival: Ella, Louis, and All That Jazz
17 Jun 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
22 May 2014 Tour of the Union League Club of Chicago
13 May 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
29 Apr 2014 CAA Archives Salon Spring 2014
25 Apr 2014 CAA @ MAC Meet-Up
24 Apr 2014 CAA Not-at-MAC Meetup
08 Apr 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
20 Mar 2014 CAA Annual Members Meeting
02 Mar 2014 MAC 2014 Room and Ride Share
19 Feb 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
18 Jan 2014 Exhibit Tour -- “Rights or Responsibilities? The WCTU and Woman Suffrage in Illinois”
14 Jan 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
03 Dec 2013 CAA Holiday Party
12 Nov 2013 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
29 Oct 2013 CANCELLED: Rev. Addie L. Wyatt Exhibition Discussion and Tour
15 Oct 2013 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
25 Sep 2013 SAA Webinar "Using and Understanding PDF/A as a Preservation Format" at Chicago State University
20 Sep 2013 SAA Webinar "Electronic Records: The Next Step" at Roosevelt University
17 Sep 2013 SAA Webinar "Electronic Records: The Next Step" at Chicago State University
12 Sep 2013 Archives Salon - Archival Privilege: Privacy and Donor Rights
12 Sep 2013 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
11 Sep 2013 SAA Webinar "Using and Understanding PDF/A as a Preservation Format" at Wheaton College
05 Sep 2013 SAA Webinar "Using and Understanding PDF/A as a Preservation Format" at University of Chicago
29 Aug 2013 SAA Webinar "Electronic Records: The Next Step" at University of Chicago
15 Aug 2013 CAA at SAA Happy Hour
09 Aug 2013 Grant Park Music Festival: Schubert Mass in E Flat
05 Aug 2013 SAA Webinar "Information Architecture" at Motorola
05 Aug 2013 SAA Webinar "Archival Content Management Systems" at Motorola
25 Jul 2013 SAA Webinar "Archival Content Management Systems" at NARA
25 Jul 2013 SAA Webinar "Information Architecture" at NARA
10 Jul 2013 SAA Webinar "Information Architecture" - Chicago State University
09 Jul 2013 SAA Webinar "Archival Content Management Systems" - Roosevelt University
25 Jun 2013 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
20 Jun 2013 SAA Webinar "Information Architecture" - American College of Surgeons
19 Jun 2013 SAA Webinar "Archival Content Management Systems" - Wheaton College
18 Jun 2013 SAA Webinar "Information Architecture" - Columbia College Chicago
21 May 2013 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
17 May 2013 CAA Tour of Chicago History Museum
16 May 2013 Read/Write Library's Self Preservation Series: Moving Images
03 May 2013 CARA Spring Fling at Chicago History Museum
27 Apr 2013 Read/Write Library's Self Preservation Series: Paper Edition
19 Apr 2013 CAA @ MAC Meet-Up
17 Apr 2013 MAC 2013 Room and Ride Share
02 Apr 2013 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
22 Mar 2013 SAA Webinar "Standards for Digital Archives" - Northwestern University
21 Mar 2013 SAA Webinar "Standards for Digital Archives" - Chicago State University
20 Mar 2013 SAA Webinar "Standards for Digital Archives" - Medical Library Association
20 Mar 2013 SAA Webinar "Standards for Digital Archives" - Wheaton College
19 Mar 2013 CAA Annual Members Meeting
13 Feb 2013 CAA Steering Committee and Subcommittees Joint Meeting
12 Feb 2013 CAA @ The Chicago History Museum (Repository Tour)
02 Feb 2013 Read/Write Library's Self Preservation Series: Death and Trash
22 Jan 2013 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
11 Dec 2012 CAA Annual Holiday Party
06 Dec 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
19 Nov 2012 SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"
18 Nov 2012 Film screening: Ken Burns' "Unforgivable Blackness"
16 Nov 2012 SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"
14 Nov 2012 SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"
13 Nov 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
08 Nov 2012 SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"
26 Oct 2012 Chicago Area Medical Archivists (CAMA) Tenth Medical History Symposium
15 Oct 2012 CAA @ Joe and Rika Mansueto Library
02 Oct 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
27 Sep 2012 SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"
18 Sep 2012 Archives Salon: Politically Charged Records
16 Aug 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
11 Aug 2012 CAA *not @ SAA Meet-Up
10 Aug 2012 CAA @ SAA Meet-Up
01 Aug 2012 CAA @ Grant Park Music Festival Concert
19 Jul 2012 Archives Month Idea Session
19 Jul 2012 2012 George and Marie Quinlan Endowed Lecture for Preservation and Conservation: Rethinking Film Preservation: Implications and Inspirations for the 21st Century
10 Jul 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
28 Jun 2012 SAA Webinar "Basics of Managing Electronic Records, Getting You Started"
24 Jun 2012 Park Forest Historical Society Open House
09 Jun 2012 CAA @ Read/Write Library
05 Jun 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
30 May 2012 Workshop: Presentation Skills for Archivists
19 May 2012 CAA @ The Illinois Holocaust Museum
15 May 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
21 Apr 2012 CAA History Fair Judges Meet-Up
20 Apr 2012 CAA @ MAC Meet-Up
29 Mar 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
06 Mar 2012 CAA Members Meeting
02 Mar 2012 Celebrate 175 Years of Rush
26 Feb 2012 A Journey Into One African American Family History, From 1783-2011
09 Feb 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
10 Jan 2012 CAA Steering Committee Meeting
17 Dec 2011 Step back into a 1950s Christmas
06 Dec 2011 CAA Holiday Party
28 Oct 2011 Chicago Area Medical Archivists Medical History Symposium
18 Oct 2011 CAA Celebrates Archives Month
01 Oct 2011 Civil War Symposium
24 Sep 2011 CAA/Dominican University SAA Chapter Meet-Up
25 Aug 2011 CAA @ SAA Meet-Up
27 Jul 2011 CAA @ Grant Park Music Festival
30 Jun 2011 Hands-on Disaster Response Exercise
28 Jun 2011 CAA Gallery Meet-Up
13 Jun 2011 SAA Webinar: "Privacy and Health Information"
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