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Collecting Historical Materials

The LPCRI partners with Special Collections and Archives (SPCA) in the John T. Richardson Library (2350 N. Kenmore, Room 314) to collect and preserve documents and artifacts on the history of the Lincoln Park community. SPCA is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for use by neighbors and outside researchers as well as by DePaul students, faculty, and staff.

Contributions may include:


  • Local Newspapers
  • Newsletters 

Organizational Records

  • Minutes, membership lists, and financial reports of local organizations
  • Photographs from events
  • Memorabilia and artifacts from significant businesses with a history in Lincoln Park

Personal Papers

  • Written or photographic records of homes, neighborhoods, and significant events
  • Records of or plans for historic preservation or home restoration
  • Any neighborhood photographs that would enrich the historical record

For research questions or more information about donating materials, please contact Jamie Nelson ​ at (773) 325-2167 or email SPCA.  All donations must be reviewed prior to acceptance and must be accompanied by a completed Deed of Gift form.