Lincoln Library

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Lincoln Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Ask a Librarian form.


326 S. 7th St.
Springfield, IL 62701

Telephone:[2]  217-753-4900.
Fax:  217-753-4905.

Hours:[3]  Mon-Wed 10am-8pm; Thu-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm (Oct-Apr). Holidays.
                      Note: The Sangamon Valley Collection  hours are Mon, Tu, Thu, Fri, Sat 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-8pm; Sun 1-5pm (Oct-Apr).

Map, directions, and public transportation

  • Directions:[4]
    • from the north on I-55 (Lincoln):  Merge onto I-55 S toward Springfield. Merge onto IL-97 W via EXIT 98B, 3.0 mi. Turn left onto N 7th St, 0.3 mi. 326 S 7TH ST is on the left.
    • from the east on I-72 (Decatur):  Merge onto I-72 W/US-36 W toward Springfield. Stay straight to go onto IL-97 W/E Clear Lake Ave W. Continue to follow IL-97 W, 2.7 mi. Turn left onto N 7th St, 0.3 mi. 326 S 7TH ST is on the left.
    • from the south on I-55 (Litchfield):  Merge onto I-55 N toward Springfield. Keep left to take I-55 Bus N via EXIT 92A-B toward 6th Street/I-72 W/Jacksonville, 3.7 mi. Stay straight to go onto S 6th St, 0.9 mi. Turn right onto E Monroe St, 0.08 mi. Take the 1st right onto S 7th St, 0.02 mi. 326 S 7TH ST is on the left.
    • from the west on I-72 (Jacksonville):  Merge onto I-72 E/US-36 E toward Springfield. Take the I-55 Bus Loop N exit, EXIT 97B, toward 6th Street/Springfield, 0.3 mi. Merge onto I-55 Bus N, 3.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto S 6th St, 0.9 mi. Turn right onto E Monroe St, 0.08 mi. Turn right onto E Monroe St, 0.02 mi. 326 S 7TH ST is on the left.
  • Public transportation:  All regular SMTD bus routes stop within 2 blocks of the Lincoln Library.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Lincoln Library is the public library of Springfield, Illinois.[2]

They have indexed obituaries from the Illinois State Journal from 1861 to now. All Springfield city directories are here 1855-present. The Sangamon Valley Collection has resources (photos, directories, yearbooks, histories, maps) for studying Sangamon and nearby counties.[5]

They have an index to their manuscript collection. Microfilms include many area newspapers, Illinois censuses, genealogies, city directories, scrapbooks, genealogical society publications, Illinois Sanborn fire insurance maps, and organization minutes. Internet resources include the Illinois Newspaper Project, Lithuanians in Springfield, and Oak Ridge Cemetery records, and subscription websites like America's Newspapers, America's Obituaries, Heritage Quest, the State Journal-Register, and Ancestry Library Edition.[2]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Lincoln 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.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]

Similar Collections

  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library a huge collection, with printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders—a great overall genealogy collection.[10]
  • Peoria Public Library enjoys a large genealogy and local history department, including many indexes, DAR files, and basic genealogy resources for the plains states.</ref>
  • Urbana Free Library their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Ask A Librarian in Lincoln Library (accessed 14 May 2019).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sangamon Valley Collection in Lincoln Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  3. Hours and Information in Lincoln Library (accessed 14 May 2019).
  4. Based on MapQuest.
  5. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 41. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  6. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  9. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  11. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  12. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  13. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 14 May 2019).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  17. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).