Pritzker Military Museum and Library

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Pritzker Military Museum and Library
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  geneaology@pritzkermilitary.org.

Address:[1]

Pritzker Military Museum and Library
104 S. Michigan Ave. Ste. 400
Chicago, IL 60603 USA

Telephone:[1]  312-374-9333
Fax:  312-374-9314.

Hours:[1]  Tue-Thu 10:00am–6:00pm; Fri-Sat 10:00am–4:00pm; Sun-Mon: Closed.

Map, directions, and public transportation

  • Directions:[2]
    • from the north on I-94 (Milwaukee, WI):  Merge onto I-94 E/US-41 S toward US-41/Chicago (Crossing into Illinois). Merge onto US-41 S via EXIT 1B on the left toward Waukegan, 30 mi. Stay straight to go onto I-94 E/Edens Expy S. Continue to follow I-94 E, 17.1 mi. Take the Washington Blvd E exit, EXIT 51C, toward 100 North, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto W Washington Blvd, 0.1 mi. W Washington Blvd becomes W Washington St, 0.2 mi. Keep left at the fork to continue on W Washington St, 0.9 mi. Turn right onto N Michigan Ave, 0.2 mi. 104 S MICHIGAN AVE is on the right.
    • from the south on I-90/I-94 (Gary, IN):  Merge onto I-90 W toward Chicago (Portions toll) (Crossing into Illinois). Merge onto I-94 W via the exit on the left, 8.0 mi. Take the E Washington Blvd exit, EXIT 51C, toward 100 North, 0.2 mi. Turn right onto W Washington Blvd, 0.05 mi. W Washington Blvd becomes W Washington St, 0.2 mi. Keep left at the fork to continue on W Washington St, 0.9 mi. Turn right onto N Michigan Ave, 0.2 mi. 104 S MICHIGAN AVE is on the right.
    • from the west on I-88/I-290 (DeKalb, IL):  Merge onto I-88 E/Chicago-Kansas City Expressway E/Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway E toward Chicago (Portions toll). Keep left to take Chicago-Kansas City Expressway E toward I-290/Chicago/Rockford/I-294 N/TRI-STATE/O'Hare/Milwaukee (Portions toll), 16.4 mi. Chicago-Kansas City Expressway E becomes W Congress Pkwy, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto S State St, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto E Monroe St, 0.2 mi. Take the 2nd right onto S Michigan Ave, 0.04 mi. 104 S MICHIGAN AVE is on the right.
  • Parking:[3] Closest garages are Millennium Park Garage, Grant Park North Garage, and Grant Park South Garage. Ask the Library Assistant on the main level for a validation.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The research library has 45,000 books on military history including numerous unit histories, photos, uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships for many of the world's militaries. They help genealogists.[4]

The Pritzker Military Museum and Library was established in 2003 by Colonel J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), who had assembled a major collection of books and related materials on military history, with a particular focus on the concept of the Citizen Soldier in America. A private museum and research library, the galleries and collections are accessible to the public for a $5 daily admission and are free to PMML members. The Museum and Library has over 45,000 books on military history including numerous unit histories with rosters and cruise books (similar to high school yearbooks) with lots of photographs. Additionally, the reference collection includes guides to uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships for many of the world's militaries. The librarians enjoy working with genealogists, and genealogists are encouraged to see the Genealogy Research web page before visiting.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[5]
  • 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, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[6]
  • 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.[7]

Similar 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.[8]
  • National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, MO, military and civil services personnel records. For servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1953.[9] [10]

Neighboring Collections

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  2. Based on MapQuest.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hours & Directions in Pritzker Military Museum and Library (accessed 13 April 2015).
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  7. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
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  10. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
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  14. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).