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University Archives Guide

The University Archives preserves the historical records of NEIU and assists the NEIU community with research projects on those records.


The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at NEIU is a repository of selected governmental records for Chicago and Cook County from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. It is administered by the Illinois State Archives and is located on the Lower Level of the Ronald Williams Library.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Questions: Contact (773) 442-4506 or ext. 4506.

Requests for Information

IRAD at NEIU holds local government records such as:

  • birth, death, marriage records
  • naturalization records
  • coroner's inquest reports
  • Chicago police homicide records

If you would like to submit an inquiry, you may do so by mail or telephone. E-mail inquiries are not accepted. Please include:

  • full name of person you are researching
  • title or type of record you are seeking
  • approximate year expected to appear in the record
  • name of county

Inquiries are limited to 2 names, and you must wait for a response to one request before submitting another. 

Contact Information:

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Ronald Williams Library
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
Hours: Mon.-Fri.,9 a.m.-4 p.m. (except state holidays)