Websites for History Fair Research
Chicago History Museum
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
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
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.
ARC is the database that will lead students into the vast holdings of the National Archives-at least 20 per cent of it!
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
The local history department compiled this list of key research websites.
Newberry Library's Digital Resource Page
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
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
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
Focus on maps and other data on Chicago neighborhoods, especially those around the university, and downtown.
Urban Experience in Chicago
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
Information about the Illinois and Michigan Canal; will link to the archives at Lewis University
Illinois Digital Archives
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)
Primary and secondary sources on Bronzeville and Columbus Park.
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
Illinois State Archives
Women and Social Movements in the United States
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
Making of America
19th century publications scanned and searchable.
TeachingHistory.org, History Gateway
The National History Education Clearinghouse's History Gateway page provides a valuable search engine for all your historical inquiries.
The Internet Archive
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
National History Day's Research Central page provides suggested web links designed to help students, teachers, parents, administrators, and visitors in their research.
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.
Many times the CuriousCity folks will investigate historical questions and development some great products. Look for their resources too!
Media Burn Documentary Archives
A collection of documentaries by Chicago independent filmmakers. Some real treasures!
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
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
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
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium Survey serves as a database of collections pertaining to the Black Chicago Metropolis.
Center for Research Libraries
a consortium of university libraries and research centers
Chicago Public Library Special Collections
University of Illinois at Chicago
Northwestern University, McCormick Special Collections
DePaul University Special Collections
Loyola University Chicago Digital Special Collections
Loyola University Chicago, Women & Leadership Archives
Roosevelt University Archives
Illinois Institute of Technology Digital Collections
Art Institute of Chicago Archival Collections
Chicago State University Archives & Special Collections