About us


Chicago Collections is a consortium of libraries, museums, and other institutions with archives that collaborate to preserve and share the history and culture of the Chicago region.


Chicago Collections aspires to increase public and scholarly interest in the study of the Chicago region’s rich history and culture. We are committed to uniting the resources of our member institutions to offer open access, learning experiences, and research opportunities to the general public, educators, and scholars.


Chicago Collections is a membership organization composed of not-for-profit institutions with collections that chronicle the rich history of Chicago. The work of this collaboration is led by a Board of Directors drawn from the participating institutions. Their work is accomplished with guidance from several standing and advisory committees.

Chicago Collections is committed to preserving and sharing Chicago’s rich history and culture. Our region’s heritage should be available for all of us to explore— freely, easily, and openly. We want to keep Chicago’s history alive and evolving. Find out more about Chicago Collections' current and future programs and initiatives.