Our local history collection includes biographical information, house history information, newspaper clippings, local newspapers, oral histories, city directories, high school yearbooks, photographs, and more. The local history room is located on the first floor, and is available by appointment only. Please contact local history and genealogy librarian, EvaAnne Johnson, to set up an appointment.
Local History Databases
Chicago Tribune Historical 1849-1986
The Chicago Tribune offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (April 23, 1849).
Find My Past
Find My Past hosts billions of searchable genealogical records, drawing from census, directory, and historical information.
Heritage Quest Online
New York Times Historical 1851-2017
Newspapers.com provides access to historical newspapers from locations across the U.S. and worldwide.