News and Perspectives

News and Perspectives is the place to learn more about the University Archives and Special Collections' activities, research, and upcoming events.

Contribute to UASC documentation of COVID-19 and Illinois Tech

Illinois Tech's University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) is collecting journal and diary entries, emails, photographs, videos, voice memos and audio recordings, and other digital evidence of the ongoing situation around COVID-19, including being displaced from student housing, working from home, the shift to online learning, social distancing, and self-quarantine. Any member of the Illinois Tech community, whether student, faculty, or staff can contribute.

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Galvin Library space will not be available in order to maintain responsible continuation of services to students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 virus.While we understand that this is a disruption, we feel that it will better enable us to meet the ongoing needs of our community at this time while taking measures to reduce the spread of the virus.During this time staff will be available for servicesWe have created this 

Library Building Inaccessible 3/15-3/22

Galvin Library space will not be available 3/15 through 3/22 and will once again be available on Monday, 3/23, in order to prepare for the responsible continuation of services to students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 virus.

Before IIT, there was Jazz on State: Bronzeville's "Stroll" in the Roaring 20s Louis Armstrong's Hot Five


Dr. Mindy Pugh, IIT University Archivist and Campus Historian, will lead you back to the years when (as a reporter wrote in 1926) “You could hold a trumpet in the air at 33rd and State and it would play itself” -- as there were so many cabarets, theaters, speakeasies, and dance halls nearby.  

UASC debuts archival material in IIT's institutional repository UASC page at repository.iit

University Archives and Special Collections is proud to announce that selected digitized and born-digital material from our collections is now available in repository.iit, Illinois Tech's institutional repository. So far, our collection contains over 200 items, with more being added every week. To search or browse UASC material in the repository, visit

UASC Reading Room Closures

Please note that the University Archives and Special Collections at Illinois Tech will be closed the following days during the summer:

Wednesday June 26, 2019 - CLOSED

Thursday July 04, 2019 - CLOSED

Friday July 05, 2019 - CLOSED

Tuesday July 15, 2019 - CLOSED

UASC Photos included in Art x Architecture exhibit exhibit at Art x Architecture gallery

Photographs from the collections of University Archives and Special Collections have been included in an exhibit at Art x Architecture (AxA), a new student-run gallery in the College of Architecture. The exhibit, features 75 photographs from the collection of the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin.

UASC Reading Room Hours Adjusted

The UASC Reading Room will be open for a rare morning on Friday April 5 from 9am-11:45am. We will be closed during our usual open hours 1:00pm-5:00pm for professional development. See you bright and early Friday morning!

UASC Reading Room closed January 30

University Archives and Special Collections will be closed Wednesday January 30th due to extreme weather. We re-open Thursday January 31st at 1:00 PM. 

A Student Scrapbook Reveals Campus Around 1910 Shorty Bristol, Norman Frank Kimball scrapbook

University Archives and Special Collections is conscious of its responsibility to collect IIT’s history back to its earliest roots, including its relations with its neighborhood. In the fall of 2018, the unit discovered a scrapbook on eBay that had been assembled by an Armour Institute student in around 1910. The posting’s sample photographs demonstrated that the scrapbook not only documented aspects of on-campus student life, but also people and institutions of the surrounding neighborhood. On the strength of that evaluation, UASC and Galvin Library decided to purchase the scrapbook.