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.