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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main Library
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Contact Information

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

Address:[1]

1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA

Telephone:[1]  217-333-2290.

Hours and holidays:  Libraries and Hours.

Map, parking and public transportation

Internet sites and databases:

  • University Library about, find a library, special collections, services, contact, help, catalog search, guides, technology, study rooms, news and events.
  • UIUC Library Easy Search online by keyword, author, or title.
  • Genealogy Resources at the UIUC Library: using the library, finding newspapers, subject headings, Illinois counties, local histories, city directories, biographies, family histories, vital and military records, maps and gazetteers, international genealogy, and Internet sites.

Collection Description

One of the best book collections in America, including county histories, and farmers registers. Think of it as another archives for Illinois.[2]

The Illinois History and Lincoln Collections consist of 32,500 volumes, 2,500 cubic feet of manuscripts, and a large number of maps, broadsides, prints, and photographs.[3]

Other UIUC Library collections include newspapers, Illinois county histories, local histories, city directories, biographies, family histories, published vital records, military records such as regimental histories, maps, gazetteers, international genealogy, and Internet sites.[4]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main 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.[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, Ancestry.com, 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

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ask a Librarian E-mail Form in University Library: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (accessed 6 April 2015).
  2. 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.
  3. Illinois History and Lincoln Collections in University Library: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (accessed 6 April 2015).
  4. Genealogy Resources in University Library: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (accessed 6 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. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
  11. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  12. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 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 30 March 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  17. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).