Monday, July 16, 2018


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General Resources

Illinois Association of Museums
Museums & Cultural Institutions
The IAM is an independent museum network that supports the work of the American Alliance of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, the Association of Midwest Museums, and various other local and regional museum networks across Illinois.  IAM seeks to collaborate with all museum professional groups to promote best practices around the state.

Illinois Counties & Incorporated Municipalities
Directory published in July 2012 by the Illinois Secretary of State.

Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution
Like the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Illinois State Organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

Illinois Digital Archives
The Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2000, as a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. In the IDA collection you will find photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, manuscripts and letters, federal government documents, postcards, posters, videos, newspapers, maps, and much more. Materials in IDA are generally in the Public Domain (no longer under copyright protection). However, some institutions may have received permission from the copyright owner to make the materials available. Many of the collections have a Rights statement in the metadata for each image.

Illinois Heritage Association
The IHA helps to preserve the cultural heritage of Illinois. Its mission is to stimulate an interest in this heritage and to provide technical assistance to organizations and individuals who work to preserve it.

Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution
The Sons of the American Revolution is a lineage organization. Those eligible to join must be 18 years old and able to prove blood descent back to an ancestor who contributed in some way to the cause of American Independence.

Illinois State Genealogical Society
The ISGS was established for the following purposes: to stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois; to seek, preserve and make available data pertaining to individuals, families and groups who lived in Illinois, and to events which took place therein; to inform people about the value of, and the need for, preserving family and local history for posterity; and to encourage and support local and regional genealogical societies.

Library of Congress (LC)
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.

National Archives & Records Administration – Chicago
The National Archives at Chicago holds permanent records created by federal agencies and courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

National Archives & Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, patriotism and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War.

The Newberry Library
A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. Its staff provides award-winning service and supports a rich array of programmatic opportunities.

Northeast Document Conservation Center
Founded in 1973, NEDCC is the first independent conservation laboratory in the nation to specialize exclusively in treating collections made of paper or parchment, such as works of art, photographs, books, maps, manuscripts, and more. The Center offers conservation treatment, digital imaging, and audio preservation services, as well as training, consultations, and  disaster advice for collections. NEDCC is a trusted resource for information on the preservation of paper-based collections.

Northern Illinois Historic League, Inc.
Mission Statement: To bring history lovers together, and promote Northern Illinois local and regional historic assets; to increase public awareness in Northern Illinois of the value of these historic assets; and, to provide support to Northern Illinois historic organizations who may benefit from an impartial third party to negotiate disputes involving these historic assets, and achieve outcomes.

Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties
This work includes maps showing the original and the present boundary lines of each county of the state. Published by the Illinois Secretary of the State.

Sons of the American Revolution
SAR is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.

Directory of Illinois Historical Societies

Coming Soon!
A list of local historical societies in Illinois. If your society is not listed, and you would like for it to be listed, please contact the ISHS Office Manager.

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