VILLAGE RECORDS OF NAPERVILLE ILLINOIS
February 7th 1857 thru April 26,1870
Naperville was founded in 1831, but it wasn't until 1857 that it was in¬ corporated. Up to that time there were no official records kept of the business of the community, or the people involved, it's problems or ac¬ complishments. It is my personal speculation that perhaps for this reason C. W. Richmond and H. F. Vallette wrote A History Of The County of DuPage, niinois in 1857 to record the history up to the time when formal records were to be kept.
From the time of incorporation until 1913 the records of Naperville were hand written in script in four legal sized, leather bound volumes, each contained between 400 and 500 pages. As time went on they became too valuable and frail to be ased and were stored in the city vault, inex- cessible except on rare occasions when they were used to seek out special information. After 1913 the records were typed, and more easily available, and certainly were not the challenge that the hand written volumes were to decipher.
As a researcher, it has been a great pleasure to transcribe the records and to experience the unfolding of the progress and activities of the community. In so doing the real flavor of life in Naperville has been revealed, since the governmental process is one of cause and effect, pro¬ blems and solutions. Of course, the real fun is reading between the lines.
A great deal of extra time has been devoted to the index and compila¬ tion of information. Every name and every subject I felt anyone would ever want to research, as well as every time it appears has been indexed, with an asterisk denoting when an item or name appears more than once in a meeting. It could have appeared many times in fact.
I wish to thank Ruth Kenney for the many companionable hours she spent with me, proof reading and checking for accuracy. She was outstan¬ ding at puzzling over some very difficult hand writing.
We have been very careful not to edit or correct the material in any way. Our goal was to accurately transcribe, including errors, spelling, punctuation and even capitalization of words.
Patricia S. Miller (Pat)