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William Rainey Harper College Archives

Harper H Logo

Harper College "H" Logo, 1970. Credit: William Rainey Harper College Archives.

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Mission Statement


The mission of the Harper College Archives is to identify, acquire, and maintain materials of enduring value that document the development, growth and operation of Harper College and the diverse college community. The Archives serve as a resource to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community by making available records of historical, official, fiscal, and administrative value regardless of format. Through the promotion and preservation of these primary source materials, the Archives connects people with the knowledge and understanding of the origins, aims, programs, and goals of Harper College.


The materials in the Harper College Archives are available to administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the community during the regular hours of the archives and by appointment. The Archives is a non-circulating, closed-stack research collection. Archival materials are only available for on-site research in the Archives reading room. The Archivist reserves the right to restrict access to records. Limited archival materials are available digitally and may be accessed online.

To make a research appointment, please email to schedule. Please provide a brief description of your research and the Archivist will prepare relevant physical and digital materials to share with you during your visit.

Spring 2024 Open Building and Virtual Hours (Jan 15, 2024-May 17, 2024):

Mondays: 9:30AM-3:30PM

Wednesdays: 9:30AM-1:30PM

Fridays: 9:30AM-2:30PM (Remotely)

Closed: Jan 15, Feb 12, Mar 25-31 (Spring Break Week)


Questions regarding the Harper College Archives should be addressed to:

Brandi Fialek

Archivist/Adjunct Librarian


Ashley Mercuri

The LibGuide is a modified version of Ashley Mercuri's guide (McHenry County College). Used by permission.