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.
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.
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.
American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other
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.
This collection consists of 2,100 early baseball cards
dating from 1887 to 1914. The baseball cards for the Chicago
White Sox and Chicago
White Stockings are included in this collection.
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.
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.
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.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1870 to 1885
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 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
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.
the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin,
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.
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.
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.