Recommended Websites for Primary Sources on Chicago History PDF Print E-mail


Websites for History Fair Research

Chicago History Museum
www.chicagohistory.org
Research and Education leads to the History Fair bibliographies, links to recommended websites, and the on-line catalog to CHS materials. Elsewhere on the website, find digital projects and exhibitions which include hundreds and thousands of primary sources centered on the Chicago Fire, Haymarket, Daily News photographs, recent immigration, freedom struggles, etc.

Chicago Public Library
http://www.chipublib.org/
Search the catalog on-line to help plan for the visit. Students can know what the books are on their subject and where to find them (or, at least begin!) Learn Chicago contains bibliographies, guides to special collections, helpful timelines, and primary sources. Magazines and Databases allow off-site research to many key databases-with a library card.

Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/index.html
The Library of Congress website has many avenues to explore that will lead to a wealth of primary source material.

Check out the LOC primary sources spotlights on Illinois history and Chicago history which TPS-Barat pulled together for its Primary Source Nexus site.

National Archives
www.archives.gov
ARC is the database that will lead students into the vast holdings of the National Archives-at least 20 per cent of it!
http://www.archives.gov/chicago/
Among government documents, many pertaining to Chicago, is a collection of photographs of Black Chicago in the 1970s. The Great Lakes Regional office of NARA is located at 79th and Pulaski; personal help by staff and access to documents and microfilm.

Newberry Library's Chicago History Research Links
http://www.newberry.org/chicago-and-midwest
The local history department compiled this list of key research websites.

Newberry Library's Digital Resource Page
http://www.newberry.org/digital-resources
The Newberry Library's Digital Resource page provides access to materials in their collections which include reference tools, teaching materials, images galleries, original scholarship, electronic databases, and electronic journals.

Newberry Library's Digital Collections for the Classroom
http://dcc.newberry.org
The Newberry Library recently launched their Digital Collections for the Classroom page, which provides access to classroom-ready, primary-source documents selected from the library's holdings.

Northern Illinois University
http://dig.lib.niu.edu/
Houses a number of digital collections: Early Illinois, Gilded Age, Lincoln, Civil War. It also holds the back issues of Illinois History Teacher and other state government magazines.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Imagebase
www.uic.edu/depts/ahaa/imagebase
Focus on maps and other data on Chicago neighborhoods, especially those around the university, and downtown.

Urban Experience in Chicago
www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/urbanexp/
A mammoth collection of primary sources based on turn of the century Chicago through the work of Hull House-but the wealth of materials makes it a must-search for many topics based in the time period.

Canal Corridor Association
www.canalcor.org
Information about the Illinois and Michigan Canal; will link to the archives at Lewis University

Illinois Digital Archives
http://www.idaillinois.org
Digitized the collections from the Illinois State Historical Library and other libraries and historical societies from around the state.

Teaching with Historic Places (National Park Service)
http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/53black/53black.htm
Primary and secondary sources on Bronzeville and Columbus Park.

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
http://newdeal.feri.org

Illinois State Archives
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/home.html

Census
http://guides.lib.virginia.edu/census
http://www.census.gov

Women and Social Movements in the United States
http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/
Primary sources on women include a number who were active in Chicago such as Ida B. Wells and Florence Kelley

Primary Sources on Illinois History from a teacher at IMSA
http://staff.imsa.edu/socsci/skinner/coverpage.html

Making of America
http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp/
19th century publications scanned and searchable.

TeachingHistory.org, History Gateway
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/gateway-to-history-websites
The National History Education Clearinghouse's History Gateway page provides a valuable search engine for all your historical inquiries.

The Internet Archive
http://archive.org/
The Internet Archive offers permanent access to historical digital collections. The collections include texts, audio, moving images, and software, as well as archived web pages.

National History Day, Research Central
http://www.nhd.org/researchcentral.htm
National History Day's Research Central page provides suggested web links designed to help students, teachers, parents, administrators, and visitors in their research.

Audio-Visual Resources

CAN-TV
https://www.youtube.com/chicantv
Chicago’s public cable station, is a great source for recordings that may be useful for either primary or secondary sources depending on the whether it is an interview/panel with participants or interview/recorded speech of an expert or scholar.

Chicago in Maps
http://www.chicagoinmaps.com/index.html
Chicago in Maps, curated by Dennis McClendon, is a simple website devoted to gathering together links to various historic maps of Chicago.

Curious City
https://curiouscity.wbez.org/about
Many times the CuriousCity folks will investigate historical questions and development some great products. Look for their resources too!

LIFE Magazine Photo Archives (Hosted by Google)
http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Search millions of historic photos from the 1860s to 1970s!

Media Burn Documentary Archives
http://mediaburn.org/
A collection of documentaries by Chicago independent filmmakers. Some real treasures!

New York Public Library Digital Collection
http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/
New York Public Library Digital Collection has over 4,000 images related to Chicago and over 1,500 images related to Illinois.

Local Archival Collections from Research Centers With On-Line Finding Aids or Lists of Collections:

*Chicago Collections Consortium -- Portal to many of the special collections' holdings that can be found in the city. http://chicagocollectionsconsortium.org/all_collections

University of Chicago Special Collections
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/
Links to special collections in Chicago area, including the Chicago Archvists' "repository finder"-doesn't THAT sound worth checking out?!

Mapping the Stacks: a Guide to Black Chicago's Hidden Archives
http://mts.lib.uchicago.edu/
Mapping the Stacks provides information about a variety of uncatalogued archival collections that focus on Black Chicago between 1930s and 1970s. The collections include literary manuscripts and visual illustrations; rare books and home movies; correspondence and photographs; ephemera and tape-recorded sound.

Black Metropolis Research Consortium Survey
http://bmrcsurvey.uchicago.edu/
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium Survey serves as a database of collections pertaining to the Black Chicago Metropolis.

Center for Research Libraries
http://www.crl.edu/
a consortium of university libraries and research centers

Chicago Public Library Special Collections
http://www.chipublib.org/special-collections/

University of Illinois at Chicago
http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/manuscripts-and-rare-books

Northwestern University, McCormick Special Collections
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/libraries-collections/evanston-campus/special-collections

DePaul University Special Collections
http://library.depaul.edu/special-collections/Pages/default.aspx

Loyola University Chicago Digital Special Collections
http://content.library.luc.edu/cdm

Loyola University Chicago, Women & Leadership Archives
http://www.luc.edu/wla

Roosevelt University Archives
http://www.roosevelt.edu/Library/Locations/UniversityArchives.aspx

Illinois Institute of Technology Digital Collections
http://library.iit.edu/digital

Art Institute of Chicago Archival Collections
http://www.artic.edu/research/archival-collections

Chicago State University Archives & Special Collections
http://library.csu.edu/asc

 

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