Genealogy: Illinois, Library and society resource list

Illinois, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Illinois State Archives:
  2. Illinois State Genealogical Society:
  3. Illinois State Historical Society:
  4. Illinois State Library:

University Archives and Collections (40)

  1. DePaul University:
  2. Eastern Illinois University:
  3. Illinois Institute of Technology. Archives:
  4. Illinois Institute of Technology. Special Collections:
  5. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy:
  6. Illinois State Archives:
  7. Illinois State University:
  8. Illinois Wesleyan University:
  9. Lewis University:
  10. Loyola University Chicago. Archives:
  11. Loyola University Chicago. Women and Leadership Archives:
  12. Millikin University:
  13. North Park University:
  14. Northeastern Illinois University. Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) :
  15. Northeastern Illinois University. University Archives:
  16. Northern Illinois University. Rare Books and Special Collections:
  17. Northern Illinois University. Regional History Center:
  18. Northwestern University. Archives:
  19. Northwestern University. Galter Health Sciences Library:
  20. Northwestern University. Music Library:
  21. Northwestern University. Special Collections:
  22. Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Photographic Archives:
  23. Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Research Archives:
  24. Quincy University:
  25. Roosevelt University. Center for New Deal Studies:
  26. Roosevelt University. University Archives:
  27. Rush University Medical Center:
  28. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale:
  29. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. National Ragtime and Jazz Archive:
  30. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. University Archives and Special Collections:
  31. Southern Illinois University. School of Medicine:
  32. University of Chicago. Chicago Jazz Archivev
  33. University of Chicago. Special Collections:
  34. University of Illinois, Chicago:
  35. University of Illinois, Springfield:
  36. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Kolb-Proust Archive for Research:
  37. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Rare Book & Special Collections:
  38. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. University Archives:
  39. Western Illinois University:
  40. Wheaton College. Archives and Special Collections:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (21)

  1. Algonquin–Algonquin Area Public Library:
  2. Antioch–Antioch District Public Library:
  3. Arlington Heights–Arlington Heights Memorial Library:
  4. Chicago–Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center:
  5. Chicago–Chicago Public Library. Harold Washington Archives & Collections:
  6. Chicago–Chicago Public Library. Harsh Research Collection:
  7. Chicago–Newberry Library:
  8. Danville–Danville Public Library (IL) :
  9. Elgin–Brethren Historical Library and Archives :
  10. Gerber–Gerber/Hart Library:
  11. Jacksonville–Jacksonville (IL) Public Library:
  12. Libertyville–Cook Memorial Public Library:
  13. McHenry–McHenry Public Library:
  14. Morton Grove–Morton Grove Public Library:
  15. Park Forest–Park Forest Public Library:
  16. Park Ridge–Park Ridge Public Library:
  17. Pekin–Pekin Public Library:
  18. Peoria–Peoria Public Library:
  19. Waukegan–Waukegan Public Library:
  20. Wheeling–North Suburban Library System:
  21. Wilmette–Wilmette Public Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (14)

  1. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum:
  2. Archdiocese of Chicago:
  3. Billy Graham Center Archives:
  4. Center for Black Music Research:
  5. Chicago History Museum:
  6. Chicago Jewish Archives:
  7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
  8. Evanston Historical Society:
  9. Lake County History Archives:
  10. McLean County Museum of History:
  11. Mount Prospect Historical Society:
  12. Museum of Broadcast Communications:
  13. National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region:
  14. Northbrook Historical Society:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Find It! Illinois:

This Illinois’s state digital library includes the Statewide Illinois Library Catalog (SILC), access to the State Library databases, and the Illinois Government Information (IGI) search engine.

Digital Library Collections (21)

  1. Illinois Digital Archives:
  2. A search engine for images, sound files, and other multi-media events that exist on Internet sites throughout Illinois.
  3. Illinois Gallery:
  4. Over 500 images of all aspects of life in Illinois.
  5. Chicago Public Library Digital Collections:
  6. City Sites: Multimedia Essays on New York and Chicago, 1870s-1930s:
  7. Chicago Public Library, Digital Collections:
  8. Illinois Digital Academic Library:
  9. CARLI
  10. Illinois State Library, Illinois Digital Archives:
  11. Northern Illinois University, Illinois Historical Digitization Projects:
  12. Northwestern University Library, Digital Library Collections:
  13. Skokie Public Library and Skokie Historical Society, Digital Past:
  14. University of Chicago Library, Digital Library Activities:  Digital Collections by Subject
  15. Electronic Text Services:
  16. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Digital Libraries Initiative:
  17. Illinois Digital Archives
  18. Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive:
  19. Illinois Alive:
  20. Digital Projects at the University of Illinois:
  21. Digital South Asia Library: