Chicago History Museum

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Chicago History Museum
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] Contact Form.


Research Center
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Telephone:[1]  312-642-4600.

Research Center Hours:[2]  Tue-Fri 1-4:30, Saturday 10-4:30.

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation click here.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society, their archives hold more than 20 million manuscripts such as letters, account books, birth-marriage-death certificates, diaries, genealogical charts, journals, licenses, log books, membership lists, memoirs, minutes, muster rolls, research notes, scrapbooks, sermons, speeches, subscription lists, and telegrams. They are strong in U.S. history through the American Civil War, especially in early Chicago history and social conditions, building and house history, city directories, and Chicago church and cemetery histories and locations.[3] [4]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • They stop paging material at 3:30 pm.
  • Advance appointments are available on Friday mornings from 9:30 am to noon for researchers looking through large archival collections, and large runs of microfilm.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Chicago History Museum, 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.[5]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[8]

Similar Collections

  • University of Chicago Library plentiful historical records, including Durrett Collection  of historical Kentucky and Ohio River Valley manuscripts of early people in the Ohio Valley.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in Chicago History Museum (accessed 2 April 2015).
  2. Research Center Home in Chicago History Museum (accessed 2 April 2015).
  3. 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.
  4. Family History in Chicago History Museum (accessed 2 April 2015).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  7. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  10. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
  12. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  13. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  17. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).