The Illinois History and Lincoln Collections (IHLC) preserves and provides access to both print and manuscript materials documenting the history of Illinois as well as Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy. Approximately 34,000 printed volumes and 1,000 manuscript collections as well as numerous maps, photographs, ephemera, and other materials provide rich resources for researchers in a many fields.
The collections document the history of Illinois and its inhabitants from the colonial era and earlier to the present day. Printed volumes include local histories, directories, atlases, contemporary works, and scholarship for wide range of subjects and time periods. Books and other print materials in the IHLC may be searched through the online catalog. Manuscript collections encompass records of organizations and individuals as well as diaries, letters, and other personal papers. Descriptions for many of these collections may be searched through the Manuscript Collections Database. Please note that materials in the IHLC do not circulate, but are available for research in the IHLC reading room on the third floor of the main library.
Search for Manuscript Collections
Find IHLC archival and manuscript materials described in the Manuscript Collections Database
Recently cataloged at the IHLC
- Mangan, Fr. Martin. Papers, 1930s-2010 (additional material incorporated; collection organization improved)
- Blair, Leverett, and Stifler Family Papers, 1805-2006 (extensive additions incorporated)
- Baldridge, Henry W. Papers, 1875-1897 (added inventory)
- Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Records, 1828-2016 — Northside Friends Monthly Meeting (additional material incorporated)
Books and other publications
- River life : a pictorial history celebrating a special way of life.
- Religion and public life in the midwest : America's common denominator? /
- Operation Breadbasket : an untold story of civil rights in Chicago, 1966-1971 /
- Faith in black power : religion, race, and resistance in Cairo, Illinois /
- History of the Chicago delegation in Congress, 1843-1925.