Elaine Evans / Saturday, September 1, 2018 / Categories: Bicentennial Event, General News 100 Most Valuable Documents at the Illinois State Archives: An Online Exhibit In honor of the Illinois bicentennial, Illinois State Archives staff has compiled a list of the 100 most valuable documents housed in its collection. The Illinois State Archives is the repository of all official Illinois government documents of permanent value. More than 75,000 cubic feet of paper, microfilm, photographs and audio and film recordings are housed in the Margaret Cross Norton Building on the capitol complex in Springfield. Paper records date back before 1818 statehood and include governors' correspondence, public acts, departmental histories, census records, military records, election results and more. Any list like this is, almost by definition, subjective. How does one define most valuable? As far as the Archives staff is concerned, every record housed in the building is important because at any given time a different record will be vital to a researcher, a surveyor, a lawyer, archaeologist or family historian. Understanding that most valuable is in the eye of the beholder, the Archives has highlighted some of the many unique records housed at the Illinois State Archives. Visit this amazing online exhibit of Illinois documents at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/online_exhibits/100_documents/home.html Previous Article Illinois Humanities Announces Second Round of “Forgotten Illinois” Grants Next Article Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Calhoun County Print 309 Rate this article: No rating Tags: Illinois History Bicentennial Event Illinois State Archives Please login or register to post comments.