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Rush University Medical Center Archives

Welcome to the Rush University Medical Center Archives. The Rush Archives, a department of the Library of Rush University Medical Center, is the official archival agency of Rush University Medical Center and Rush University.

Institutional Records in the Rush Archives

The Rush University Medical Center Archives holds the records of not only our current Medical Center and University, but also several predecessor schools and hospitals. 

RESEARCH TIP: To learn more about either Rush or a predecessor institution, click one of the following links. This will give you a brief history of your selected institution and links to its collection guides and digital collections.

About Our Collections

The Rush University Medical Center Archives, Chicago, Ill., is the official archival agency of Rush University Medical Center and Rush University.

The Rush Archives strives to tell the story of Rush and its esteemed history of education, research, patient care, and community leadership in a meaningful way through our collections.

The Rush Archives holds almost 3000 linear feet of material from Rush and its predecessor schools and hospitals going back to the founding of Rush Medical College in 1837, two days before the city of Chicago was incorporated. The Rush Archives also includes the personal papers of many individuals related to those institutions. Photographs, audiovisual material, paintings, artifacts, nursing school uniforms and caps, and digital assets document the history of Rush, also. 

The Rush Archives preserves, identifies, organizes, and provides access to records of long-term historical, evidential, and administrative value to the institution. 

Follow the Rush Archives on Twitter: @RushArchives

Learn more about RU50 events and related history:

We counted down to the 50th Anniversary of Rush University (RU50) throughout 2021! Explore our #RU50 hashtag on Twitter 

The Rush Archives COVID-19 Collection needs you!

-Rush is a proud member of the Chicago Collections Consortium.

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