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Flora Digital Newspapers browse-->>

This project is the first phase of a multi-phase project to digitize the local newspaper which is currently on microfilm. Funding for this project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The scope of this project covers approximately sixteen years, an estimated 7,800 pages, of early 20th century local newspapers that are currently on microfilm. These newspapers contain a wealth of local history information on businesses, individuals and events that is not available elsewhere.

The reels include: one reel with eight sporadic issues ranging from 1883-1917 (Southern Illinois Journal & Weekly Journal), two reels that contain most issues from 1907-1908 (Southern Illinois Journal), and thirteen reels covering most issues for Oct. 1912 through Dec. 1926 (Southern Illinois Record, Flora Record, and Flora Journal Record).

Friends of Our Native Landscape Publications browse-->>

Founded by landscape architect Jens Jensen, Friends of Our Native Landscape was organized to promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment. Its members were active in lobbying legislation to establish state parks. Their efforts led to the development of forest preserves and parks, such as Illinois State Beach and Indiana Dunes State Park.

Huntley Area Newspapers browse-->>

The Huntley Farmside newspaper is featured in this digital collection from 1960 through 2000. The Farmside is a weekly Illinois newspaper providing news coverage on Huntley, Marengo, Union, and other local suburbs. High resolutions scans were made of the print archives of the Huntley Area Public Library with a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided the by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Illinois Blue Books browse-->>

The Illinois Blue Book is one of the most comprehensive sources of state government information. It is a nationally recognized source for information about Illinois' executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. Originating in 1861 as a privately published roster of legislators, the Blue Book has evolved into a historical publication complete with biographies, articles, illustrative photographs and helpful information for Illinois citizens. Recent issues of the Blue Book also include lists of toll-free state telephone numbers and updated listings for Illinois news media - including contact information.

This collection contains keyword/subject searchable versions of the Illinois Blue Book and the legislative directories that preceded them.

Illinois Libraries browse-->>

ILLINOIS LIBRARIES was the official journal of the Illinois State Library. The purpose of ILLINOIS LIBRARIES was to disseminate articles of general interest to library staff and library governing officials in Illinois who represent all types of libraries and library consortia. The publication began in 1919. The years 1995 to 2000 can be found at Illinois Periodicals Online - http://www.lib.niu.edu/illistyrs.html

Various years from 2001- to the end of publication in 2007 can be found at EDI http://iledi.org/ppa/meta/html/00/00/00/00/01/78.html

Jewish Sentinel browse-->>

Collection Provided by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

The Sentinel was the premier Jewish weekly in Chicago. Published from 1911 to 1996, The Sentinel reflected the changing Chicago Jewish community, covering not only local issues, but also national and international Jewish news. Available on this site are the 2,029 digitized issues representing thirty-nine years of The Sentinelfrom 1911-1949. Made available by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society browse-->>

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society contains articles on every facet of Illinois history. The mission of the Illinois State Historical Society, founded in 1899, is to foster awareness, understanding, research, preservation and recognition of history in Illinois.

This selection of article titles illustrates the diversity of subjects covered by the Journal:

  • British Coal Miners: A Demographic Study of Braidwood and Streator, Illinois
  • The Socialist Party of America in Municipal Politics: Canton, Illinois, 1901-1920
  • John Brown White and Early Women’s Education: A History of Almira College
  • Thomas Sharp and Anti-Mormon Sentiment in Illinois, 1842-1845
Kewanee and Wethersfield Yearbooks browse-->>

Kewanee Public Library District was awarded an LSTA FY09 Digital Imaging grant. Thanks to this funding the library was able to digitize 162 volumes of both Kewanee and Wethersfield high schools entire collections of yearbooks dated from 1904 up to 2008. Due to grant restrictions each year after 2002 will be uploaded and added one at a time. The "PictureIt! Global Gallery" digital imaging grant has created worldwide access to a collection that was once available only to library visitors.

Living Museum browse-->>

The Living Museum has for decades been a rich source of information on Illinois art, natural history, anthropology, and history. This online project does not replace the print version of The Living Museum but makes this popular educational resource also accessible electronically to students, teachers, researchers, and others throughout the world. The Living Museum, a quarterly journal of the Illinois State Museum, is available without charge. To subscribe, contact editor@museum.state.il.us. For more information on the Illinois State Museum, see http://www.museum.state.il.us

Madison County Genealogical Resources browse-->>

The creation of this collection serves to preserve and give access to a wealth of information about Madison County history. It contains keyword searchable versions of:

  • Cemeteries and Tombstone Inscriptions of Madison County, Illinois
  • Glenwood Cemetery, Collinsville, Illinois: A Preliminary Study of Burials, 1922
  • St. Joseph Cemetery, Highland, Illinois
  • Illustrated Encyclopedia and Atlas Map of Madison County, Illinois, 1873
  • New Atlas of Madison County, State of Illinois, 1892
  • Standard Atlas of Madison County, 1906
  • Naturalizations and Intentions of Madison County, Illinois: An Index, 1816-1900
  • History of Madison County, Illinois, 1882
  • A Complete Surname Index to the Historybof Madison County, Illinois, 1882
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Madison County, Illinois, 1894
  • Index of Biographical Sketches, Madison County, Illinois
Metamora Herald Image Collection browse-->>

Metamora Herald Newspaper Image Collection includes wedding announcements, engagement announcements, anniversaries, sports teams, community activities, 4-H Fair activities and school activities. Published since December 20, 1889 until July 7, 2011, the newspaper covered the Illinois towns of Spring Bay, Washburn, Roanoke, Benson, Germantown Hills, Cazenovia, and Low Point as well as the village of Metamora.

Prospect Heights Community Newsletters browse-->>

Community Newsletters from Prospect Heights.

Proviso Township Herald browse-->>

The Melrose Park Public Library digitized copies of our local newspaper, The Herald, from the WWII years of 1941-1945. These papers depict life during the war years for the residents of not only Melrose Park, but neighboring communities including Maywood, Bellwood, Forest Park, Stone Park, Hillside and Westchester.

Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science browse-->>

Transactions, the referred scientific journal of the Illinois State Academy of Science, has been published continually since its inaugural 1908 issue.

Warbler Digitization Project -- Eastern Illinois University browse-->>

The Warbler, Eastern Illinois University's student yearbook, provides a fascinating insight over the years into Eastern's history, from the perspective of its students. Published yearly since 1919, the Warbler captures information and photographs of students and faculty, chronicles important cultural and sporting events, describes organizational activities, and depicts changes in the campus layout and physical plant. Taken together, the Warblers document in a very vivid way, the story of Eastern Illinois University as it evolved from a small normal school to the comprehensive university that it is today.

Watch Word browse-->>

The Watch Word magazine chronicled personal stories, photos, company history, engineering successes and local businesses for employees of the Elgin National Watch Company, a leading Elgin employer for over one hundred years