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The Museum’s collecting scope encompasses the following areas:


Living in the Metropolitan Area

Demographic change, family life, communities, neighborhoods, religious life, gender, sports, recreation, class, leisure, crime, race, ethnicity, and education. We are currently collecting materials that document the COVID-19 pandemic

Working in the Metropolitan Area

The changing economic base of the city, business, manufacturing, labor, transportation, and scientific and technological development

Governing the Metropolitan Area

Electoral politics, citizen action movements, community organizing, and urban planning

The Built Environment

Architecture in its broadest social and economic context, going beyond great buildings and architects

Individuals and Ideas

Art, literature, music, and philosophy produced by individuals in the metropolitan area, particularly as reflections on and interpretations of this area


For more information about the Chicago History Museum’s collection stewardship and practices, please review its Collections Policy.



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