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National Archives at Chicago
Natonal Archives at Chicago, Illinois.

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



Regional Archives
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629-5898

Telephone: 773-948-9001
Fax:  773-948-9050

Hours and holidays:[2]

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Second Saturday of the month (View the Dates) 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Federal holidays

Map, directions, and public transportation:[3]

  • For a map, click here.
  • By car: The facility is about 5 miles south of the Pulaski Road exit on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), 5 miles west of the 79th Street exit on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), and 7 miles north of the Cicero Avenue exit on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
  • Public transportation: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus 53A (the South Pulaski Road route) stops at South Pulaski Road and West 75th Street. Passengers can transfer from it to other buses, subways, and commuter trains serving the Chicago area.

Internet sites and databases:

  • National Archives at Chicago list of states and records covered, services, genealogy and historical research, federal and Indian censuses, military, passenger arrivals, naturalization, court records, WWII draft registration, soldier home case files, FAQs, finding aids, and new accessions.
  • Genealogy microfilm holdings, textual records, District Court naturalization records.
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD) a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
  • Archival Research Catalog (ARC) the online catalog of over 63% of NARA's nationwide holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
  • Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents for archivists, librarians, and the public.
  • The United States Vessel Enrollments for the Great Lakes region. The transcriptions are from a project that involved an attempt to transcribe all steamboat enrollments for Great Lakes ports prior to 1861, all vessels for Detroit and Cleveland up to 1861, and Buffalo up to 1841 are included in the file. The set includes 5741 enrolments in which just under 2000 individual vessels are named, over 6000 people were identified.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Includes federal censuses, Indian censuses for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; Indian school records, passenger arrival lists, U.S. District and Circuit Courts in Illinois 1819-1982, Indiana 1819-1961, Michigan 1815-1961, Minnesota 1890-1957, Ohio 1803-1961, Wisconsin 1839-1961; bankruptcies, criminal cases, a multi-state naturalization index 1840-1950, pre-World War I military service, pension and bounty land warrnat records, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Corp of Engineers, General Land Office applications and registers, Internal Revenue Service, African American histories, fugitive slaves, and Great Lakes and inland waterways.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the National Archives at Chicago staff.

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Archival Holdings Guide at National Archives at Chicago record group level descriptions of archival holdings including agency administrative history.
  • Federal Records Guide Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups may have material about your research topics. Alphabetical index to the Federal Records Guide. Record Groups by topic clusters in the Federal Records Guide.
  • Bankruptcy and Court Records Research for the National Archives Great Lakes Region.
  • Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 17-19. (FHL Book 977 A3sz) WorldCat entry. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Chicago, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[4]
  • National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.[5]
  • Federal Records Center, Dayton, OH, 750,000 cartons of records transferred for temporary storage from Federal agencies located in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
  • Federal Records Center Kingsridge, OH, serves the Memphis IRS Service Center and miscellaneous records from all other IRS Service Centers.
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Ann Arbor, MI, administration biographies and papers, institutional holdings.

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, MO, military and civil services personnel records. For servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1953.[6] [7]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[8]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Illinois genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[9]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. "Contact Regional Archives Staff" in The National Archives at (accessed 30 November 2010).
  2. "Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois" in The National Archives at (30 November 2010).
  3. "Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois" in The National Archives at (3 December 2010).
  4. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 134. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  7. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).
  8. Based on updated statistics from Family History Library in FamilySearch Research Wiki (accessed 31 December 2013).
  9. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  11. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  12. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
  14. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  15. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  17. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).

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