Finding and Using Websites for History Fair Research
Chicago Historical Museum
Research and Education leads to the History Fair bibliographies, internet links, and the on-line catalog to CHS materials (note: most recent items). Digital projects includes hundreds and thousands on primary sources centered on the Chicago Fire, Haymarket, Daily News photographs, recent immigration.
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 and its American Memory
http://www.loc.gov/index.html and http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
The Library of Congress website has many avenues to explore that will lead to a wealth of primary source material. In particular, American Memory is the largest collection for historians, though not the only source. Many thematic or specialized collections are housed within the American Memory site, from African-American Pamphlets to the Coolidge Era to the Works Progress Administration. Students may look in particular collections or through all of them; they can narrow the search to a particular time period, type of source, etc.
Media Burn Documentary Archives
A collection of documentaries by Chicago independent filmmakers. Some real treasures!
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)
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
The Northern Suburban Library System members digitized the collections of 15 historical society collections.
Illinois Labor History Society
Teaching with Historic Places (National Park Service)
Primary and secondary sources on Bronzeville and Columbus Park
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
Illinois Digital Archives
Illinois State Archives
Images of American Political History
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.
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.
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.
Black Metropolis Research Consortium Survey
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium Survey serves as a database of collections pertaining to the Black Chicago Metropolis.
Search Engines and Websites that Cluster History Links
a cluster search engine
Virtual Library on History-based Websites for all Over the World
Local Archival Collections from Research Centers With On-Line Finding Aids or Lists of 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?!
Center for Research Libraries
a consortium of university libraries and research centers
Chicago Public Library
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