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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] Ask a Librarian form.


Regenstein Library
University of Chicago
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago Illinois 60637

Telephone:[3] General Reference 773-702-4685.
Fax:  773-702-6623.

Regenstein Library Hours:[4]  click here.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Joseph Regenstein Library houses 4.5 million print volumes about the humanities, social sciences, business, divinity, and area studies. The Library has access to 100,000 online periodicals and newspapers. Special Collections manuscripts cover topics like Kentucky and the Ohio River valley history, Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Civil War era. They also have good microfilm, and map collections.[2] [5]

This library has plentiful historical records. Noteworthy is the Durrett Collection  of historical Kentucky and Ohio River Valley manuscripts. The size and content of this collection is comparable to the Draper Manuscript Collection. It includes the earliest people in the Ohio Valley.[6]

Tips[edit | edit source]

Must have legitimate research need. Members of the public must establish their research need with the Library in order to be granted access. See Access for Members of the Public.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the University of Chicago Library, 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.[7]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[8]
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[9]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[10]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Ask a Librarian in University of Chicago Library (accessed 3 April 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Joseph Regenstein Library in University of Chicago Library (accessed 3 April 2015).
  3. Departments and Staff in University of Chicago Library (accessed 3 April 2015).
  4. Library Hours in University of Chicago Library (accessed 3 April 2015).
  5. Modern Manuscripts in University of Chicago Library (accessed 3 April 2015).
  6. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 39. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  7. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  8. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  10. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  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).
  18. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  19. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).