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The Chicago Jazz Archive was founded in 1976 to preserve materials on the birth and early growth of Chicago jazz. Over time, and benefiting from a relationship with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the collections have grown to span more than eight decades of Chicago and general jazz history. The collections include recordings, publications, photographs, articles, posters, programs, ticket stubs, and other ephemera of musicians, clubs, record companies, and jazz organizations. In 2007-2008, the collections of the Chicago Jazz Archive were transferred to the Special Collections Research Center. These changes have made it possible for the Library to provide expanded access to the Chicago Jazz Archive, utilizing the facilities, services, and staff of the Special Collections Research Center. The Chicago Jazz Archive collections are available for research in the Special Collections Research Center. Collections are organized into logical groupings by the name of the original collector and in some cases by subject. You can search the collections by keyword using the archives and manuscripts online finding aid database or by browsing the Chicago Jazz Archive collection list.
Monday-Friday 9 AM - 4:45 PM
When classes at the University of Chicago are in session we are open until 5:45pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. We are not open Saturday or Sunday.
The Special Collections Research Center is located on the first floor of Regenstein Library: 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.