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Illinois Digital Archives

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The Illinois Digital Archives is a collaborative effort between the Illinois State Library and the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

The Illinois Digital Archives allows libraries and other institutions to share collections online including:

  • Photographs, slides, glass negatives

  • Oral histories

  • Manuscripts and letters

  • Federal government documents

  • Postcards

  • Posters

  • Videos

  • Newspapers

  • Maps

The site can be browsed by Collection or by Institution.

The site can also be searched from the home page.

Below is a list of Institutions (in alphabetical order) and collections they contribute to the Illinois Digital Archives.

The institutions are linked to their official website.

All collections are found at Illinois Digital Archives.

Algonquin Area Public Library District

     Local history images of Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

     Local history images of Arlington Heights

     Arlington Heights Military History

     Arlington Heights People & Places

Art Institute of Chicago

     Art Institute of Chicago Exhibition Catalogues

Arthur Public Library District

     Arthur, Once Upon a Time – Local History Images of Arthur

Aurora Public Library

     Historic Maps of Aurora

Bensonville Community Public Library

     O’Hare Digital Collection

Blessing Health Professions Library

     Blessing Health Professions -First 25 Years of History

Cary Area Public Library

     Cary Area History

Centralia Regional Library District

     Oral Histories of Centralia

Cherry Valley Public Library District

     Cherry Valley Local History Collection

Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library

     Chicago Botanic Garden Lenhardt Library

Chicago Ridge Public Library

     Chicago Ridge Online History Collection

     Chicago Ridge Online History Collection

Coal City Public Library District

     Coal Mining, Machine vs. Man

Coal City Public Library

     World War II — From Homefront to Warfront

Columbia College

     John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Collection

Cook Memorial Library

     Libertyville History

Deerfield Public Library

     Deerfield Area History

Des Plaines Public Library

     Des Plaines Area History

Eastern Illinois University, Booth Library

     Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

     Warbler Digitization Project — Eastern Illinois University

Edwardsville Public Library

     Madison County Genealogical Resources

Eisenhower Public Library District

     Eisenhower Public Library Archives

Ela Area Public Library

     Ela Area Historical Society Photograph Collection

Elgin Community College

     Elgin History Museum Gylleck Photo Collection

Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District

     Ella’s Historical Collection- Grand Army of the Republic, Post 453

     Ella’s Historical Collection

     Ella’s Historical Collection-Images

Elmhurst College, A.C. Buehler Library

     Social Justice and Activism at Elmhurst College

Elmwood Park Public Library

     A Village Grows – Fifty Years of Life in Elmwood Park

Eureka Public Library District

     Pumpkins, Parades and Pies- Eureka’s Pumpkin Festival, 1939 – 1961

Evanston Public Library

     Evanston Area History

Fenton Community High School District 100

     Fenton High School

Field Museum of Natural History

     World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 from the Field Museum

     Urban Landscapes from the Field Museum

Flora Public Library

     Flora Digital Newspapers

     Charles Overstreet Collection

Fountaindale Public Library

     Fountaindale Public Library Minutes

Gail Borden Public Library

     Gail Borden Public Library History

     Watch Word

     Elgin Area History

Galena Public Library

     Galena Area Historic Photos

Geneseo Public Library District

     Geneseo History

Glencoe Public Library

     Glencoe History

Glenview Public Library

     Glenview Area History

Graham School of Nursing Library

     Graham School of Nursing Library

Henderson County Library

     Henderson County Historical Society Museum

Highland Park Public Library

     Friends of Our Native Landscape Publications

     Highland Park History

     Elisha Gray Reception and Banquet

Huntley Area Public Library

     Huntley Area Dairy and Agricultural History

     Huntley Area History

     Huntley Area Newspapers

Illinois Fire Safety Institute

     Illinois Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths Digital Image Collection

Illinois Prairie District Public Library

     Metamora Herald Image Collection

Illinois State Archives

     Register of Illinois Prisons, 1838-1908

Lincoln and Lincoln-Related Documents from the Illinois State    Archives

Illinois State Fair Museum

     Illinois State Fair Museum

Illinois State Geological Survey Library

     Illinois Historic Aerial Photographs, 1936-1941

Illinois State Historical Society

     Illinois Centennial Business Collections, from 1830s

Illinois State Library

     Abraham Lincoln – Documents

     Centennial of the State of Illinois

     Illinois Libraries

     Illinois Blue Books

     Illinois Constitution

     Railroad Maps of Illinois

     Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science

     World War II — Posters

     Illinois State Highway Maps

     Illinois State Library — General Collection

     World War II — Documents

     World War I – – Documents

     Illinois Veterans’ History Project

     Illinois and the Civil War – Documents

Illinois State Museum

     Living Museum

Illinois State University

     A University Goes to War, World War I Women

Indian Trails Library District

     Wheeling and Buffalo Grove History

Itasca Community Library

     Itasca Community Library People & Places

     Itasca Fire Department

     Itasca Railroad Depot & Museum

     Itasca Railroad Depot & Museum

Joliet Public Library

     Joliet Public Library Firebombing

Kewanee Public Library District

     Kewanee and Wethersfield Yearbooks, 1904-2008

Lake County Discovery Museum

     Lake County Materials

     Fort Sheridan

Lake Forest Academy

     Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall Archives

Lake Forest Public Library

     Lake Forest Library Archives

Lincoln Library

     Mercury Studio Collection

     Oak Ridge Cemetery Interment Records, from 1856

     Vachel Lindsay Collection

     Springfield Aviation Company Collection

Lisle Library District

     Lisle Area History

McLean County Museum of History

     Bloomington-Normal Black History Project

McLean County Museum of History

Native American Collection — McLean County Museum of History and ISU

Meadville Lombard Theological School

     Jenkin Lloyd Jones World Columbian Exposition Collection

     Lombard College Collection

     People’s Church Audio Recordings Collection

Melrose Park Public Library

     Proviso Township Herald

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

     Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Mount Olive Public Library

     Mining and Mother Jones in Mount Olive

Mount Prospect Public Library

     Mount Prospect Library History

     Mount Prospect History

     Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect

Naperville Public Library

     Naperville Heritage Collection

Newberry Library

     Postcards — Southwest (CA,NV,UT,CO,AZ,NM,HI)

     Postcards — Chicago

     Postcards — Southeast (KY,WV,VA,NC,TN,SC,GA,AL,MS,FL)

     Postcards — South Midwest (TX,OK,AR,LA)

     Postcards on postcards

     Postcards — From Route 66

     Postcards — Raphael Tuck & Sons

     Postcards — Northwest (WA,OR,MT.ID,WY,AK)

     Postcards — Northern Midwest (ND,SD,MN,WI,MT)

     Postcards — Northeast (ME,VT,NH,MA,RI,NY,CT,PA,DE,MD & DC)

     Postcards — Midwest (NE,IA,IN,OH,KS,MO)

     Postcards — International

     Postcards — Illinois

     Postcards — General View

Niles Public Library District

     Niles Public Library Archives

North Suburban Library District

     North Suburban Library District Local History Collection

Northbrook School District 28

     Northbrook Area History

Oak Park Public Library

     Early Years—Ernest and Marcelline Hemingway in Oak Park

Orland Park Public Library

     Orland Park History

Park Forest Public Library

     Park Forest — An Illinois Planned Community

Park Ridge Public Library

     Mel Tierney Post Servicemens’ File, WWII

     Pieces of Park Ridge

     Histories of Park Ridge

Peoria Public Library

     Peoria Postcards

Plainfield Public Library District

     Plainfield Public Library District

Polo Public Library District

     Polo Area Cemetery Records of Ogle, Lee, Carroll & Whiteside Cnty

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

     Music of the First World War

Prospect Heights Public Library District

     Prospect Heights Community Newsletters

Pullman State Historic Site & the Calumet Heritage Partnership

     Calumet Heritage Partnership – Acme Coke Plant

Pullman State Historic Site

     Southeast Chicago Historical Society

     Pullman State Historic Site

Quincy Public Library

     Quincy Area Historic Photo Collection

Ridgewood High School

     Ridgewood High School

Rockford College — Howard Coleman Library

     Rockford College Collection

Rockford Public Library

     Rockford Public Library

     Ethnic Heritage Museum

     Tinker Swiss Cottage

     Midway Village & Museum Center

Roosevelt University

     Remembering FDR

Roselle Public Library

     Roselle Local History D. Arc.-Working Together; Looking at Our Past

Skokie Public Library

     Skokie’s Dr. Louise Klehm Archive

     Skokie History Project

     Skokie Fire Department History Project

     Skokie’s Attempted Nazi March Archive

Sparta Public Library

     William Hayes Papers

Spertus Institute

     Jewish Sentinel, weekly published from 1911-1949

St. Charles Public Library

     St. Charles History — Then and Now

St. John’s College

     St. John’s College Department of Nursing History

Sterling Morton Library

     Morton Arboretum — Sterling Morton Library

Sterling Public Library

     Sterling and Rock Falls Local History Collection

The Pullman State Historic Site

     Pullman in the First World War

Thomas Ford Memorial Library and Western Springs Historical Society

     Remembering the Houses of Western Springs

Towanda District Library

     Towanda District Library — Towanda Area Historical Collection

University of Illinois at Springfield

     Oral History Collection of the University of Illinois at Springfield

University of Saint Mary of the Lake — Mundelein Seminary

     University of Saint Mary of the Lake Collection

Urbana Free Library

     Historic Champaign County – Neighborhoods and Homes

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

     DeWitt County World War I Collection

West Chicago Public Library District

     Cornelia N. Anthony and Frank D. Anthony Book Plate Collection

Wheaton Public Library

     Wheaton Veterans’ Reflections

Wilmette Public Library District

Woodstock Public Library

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