External Web Sites
Presidential Library and Museum
This presidential library in Springfield, Illinois is
part of the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency and is a public, non-circulating
research facility that contains the world-renowned Abraham
Lincoln collection. It also serves as the state’s
chief repository and research facility for all aspects of
A Century of Progress
1933-34 World’s Fair
The University of Chicago Library holds one of the largest
and most comprehensive collections of published materials
from the Century of Progress 1933-34 World’s Fair.
The collection includes official publications, press releases,
souvenir albums, guidebooks, maps, brochures, postcards,
photographs, and newspaper clippings. Nearly one-third of
the collection has been digitized and as a result the site
contains some 350 pamphlets viewable online as well as a
searchable database of bibliographic records related to
Daily News Photographs, 1902-1933
This collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban
life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and
1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News,
then one of Chicago's leading newspapers. The photographs
illustrate the enormous variety of topics and events covered
in the newspaper and most of the photographs were taken
in Chicago, Illinois, or in nearby towns, parks, or athletic
Encyclopedia of Chicago
The Encyclopedia of Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago History
Museum, The Newberry
Library, and Northwestern
University, is a dynamic online encyclopedia that compiles
thousands of historical resources related to the city of
Chicago including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and
Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920
Emergence of Advertising in America presents more than
9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising
in the United States.
The Haymarket Affair Digital Collection
The Chicago Historical Society has created this digital collection to provide on-line access to its primary source materials relating to the Haymarket Affair, a controversial moment in Chicago's past and a pivotal event in the early history of the American labor movement.
American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents
3,042 pieces of sheet music. This selection offers a perspective
on American history and culture through a variety of music
types including bel canto, minstrel songs, protest songs,
sentimental songs, patriotic and political songs, plantation
songs, spirituals, dance music, songs from vaudeville and
musicals, "Tin pan alley" songs, and songs from
World War I.
Illinois Digital Archives
The Illinois Digital Archives hold the digital collections
of the Illinois
State Library as well as the digitized collections of
other library and cultural institutions around the state.
Illinois.gov is the gateway to Illinois state government
web sites and information; includes selected resources on
federal, county and local government.
The Illinois State
This site holds an extensive collection of online exhibits
in the areas of anthropology, art, botany, geology, history
and zoology, materials that “tell the story of the
land, life, people, and art of Illinois”.
Society of Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1854, the Illinois State Society of Washington,
DC is the oldest of the state societies. Abraham Lincoln
was reported to have been a member. The Illinois State Society's
mission is to promote the history, culture, science, technology,
commerce, and social traditions of Illinois.
Making of America Books
Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The book collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books with 19th century imprints.
National Park Service (NPS)
The fundamental purpose of the NPS is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such
means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. The NPS provides highlights, statistics, and a list of national parks for Illinois.
World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893
The Library at the Field Museum was created in 1894 as
a central repository of books from the libraries of various
departments of the World’s Columbian Exposition. As
a result, The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 Digital
Collection contains official records, objects, photographs,
and personal memorabilia, as well as a wealth of information
related to the founding and history of the Field Museum.
This digital collection of more than 1600 images of this
material can be browsed or searched at high resolution.