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Special Collections Research Center

Mission and Staff


The mission of the Special Collections Research Center, the principal repository for and steward of the Library's rare books, manuscripts, University Archives, and the Chicago Jazz Archives, is to provide primary sources to stimulate, enrich, and support research, teaching, learning, and administration at the University of Chicago. Special Collections makes these resources available to a broad constituency as part of the University's engagement with the larger community of scholars and independent researchers. In pursuit of its mission, Special Collections:

  • Provides unique opportunities for teaching and learning
  • Provides responsive, personable, and expert public service
  • Builds distinctive and unique collections
  • Facilitates discovery through online access to information about all SCRC collections
  • Promotes access to and use of SCRC collections by collaborating with the Library, University, and Chicago-area special collections communities
  • Collaborates with other Library units to promote preservation of SCRC collections

Contacting Us

Special Collections Research Center public services staff are glad to answer inquiries about hours, services, and access to the collections. For general information about Special Collections, please contact the SCRC public services staff at 773-702-8705. Questions that require consulting the collections cannot be answered by telephone. Priority for responding to these inquiries is given to students, faculty, and staff of the University of Chicago, whose questions are usually answered within 1-2 days. Questions from those outside the University of Chicago are handled as staff time permits; written responses are normally provided within 3-4 weeks. Please submit your specific questions in writing using the SCRC reference service form.

SCRC phone: 773-702-8705

SCRC email:



Daniel Meyer -- Director, Special Collections Research Center, and University Archivist

Brian Balsamo -- Digital Accessions Specialist

Christine Colburn -- Reader Services Manager

Judith Dartt -- Digitization Manager

Kathleen Feeney -- Head of Archives Processing and Digital Access

Julia Gardner -- Head of Reader Services

Patricia Gibbons -- Head of Collection Management (Preservation)

Barbara Gilbert -- Reading Room Coordinator

Ashley Gosselar -- Processing Archivist

Diana Harper -- Reader Services and Administrative Assistant

Eileen Ielmini -- Assistant University Archivist

Brittan Nannenga -- Archives and Manuscripts Accessions Coordinator

Joe Scott -- Exhibition Designer

Sem Sutter -- Interim Rare Book Selector

Catherine Uecker -- Rare Books Librarian