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Illinois: A descriptive and historical guide
Illinois: A descriptive and historical guide
1 print on board (poster)
[between 1936 and 1940]
Chicago, Ill., : WPA Federal Art Project
Prints & Photographs Division
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Digital Collections

.Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 20,000 documents. Search the bibliographic records and the full text option to find items related to Illinois, including a Resolution recommending enlargement of Illinois and Michigan Canal.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1940

The collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300 writers from 24 states. The histories describe the informant's family education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores, medical needs, diet and miscellaneous observations. Pseudonyms are often substituted for individuals and places named in the narrative texts. Included in the collection are 75 titles of mostly first-person accounts of life in Illinois during the Great Depression.

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

This collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. The collection includes 212 items printed in Illinois.

Baseball Cards

This collection consists of 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. The baseball cards for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Maroons, Chicago White Sox and Chicago White Stockings are included in this collection.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875. Search the collection on the word "Illinois" to locate items related to Illinois.

Detroit Publishing Company

The photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection include more than 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The Illinois-related photographs of this collection include various nature views of the Fox River, Chicago River and Lincoln Park as well as images of Chicago landmarks such as State Street, Newberry Library, University of Chicago and more.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. The collection contains more than 3,000 images of Illinois during this period.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

The images in this collection document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. The collection contains more than 900 records relating to buildings throughout the state of Illinois. More information is added quarterly.

Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

This collection features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles.

Map Collections

The Map Collections Web site is organized according to seven major categories. Because a map will be assigned to only one category, unless it is part of more than one core collection, searching Map Collections at this level will provide the most complete results since the indexes for all categories are searched simultaneously. The collection includes maps of Illinois locales from the late 1700s to 1996.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1870 to 1885

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885.

Panoramic Photographs

The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. More than 200 images in this collection represent rural, small-town and city life throughout Illinois.

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910

This collection portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories, ethnographic and antiquarian texts, colonial archival documents, and other works drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections and Rare Books and Special Collections Division. The collection includes the following book which recounts the experiences of a young, genteel wife adjusting to the military life and frontier conditions of life at Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin. It includes a narrative of travel between Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois in 1831 and an account of the Chicago massacre of 1812.

Posters: WPA Posters

This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Search on the word “Illinois” to discover a collection of more than 100 posters.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

Prosperity and Thrift assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this transition. The collection includes a 1930 pamphlet which publishes a collection of informal talks given by farm women at the Household Science Meeting held by the Illinois Farmers' Institute around 1930, relating women's successes in founding and maintaining farm-related businesses.

September 11, 2001 Documentary Project

The project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. There are 16 interviews in the collection of individuals from around Illinois.

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