College Archives & Special Collections

Columbia College Chicago today has evolved significantly since its founding as the Columbia School of Oratory in 1890. Get to know the history of Columbia, learn about its female founders and every College president, and discover collection materials that supports your major. We hold rich primary source collections focused on photojournalism, acoustics, radio, oration, film & television production, marketing, music composition, fashion, grassroots activism, and a book collection on topics such as: book as art; graphic design; and typography to designed to inspire your imagination. Visit: colum.edu/archives.