Illinois History and Lincoln Collections

NOTE: The Illinois History and Lincoln Collections Reading Room will be closed from August 2-8. Books and manuscript collections may be requested for use in the University Archives Reading Room (Main Library 146) during this time. The University Archives is open 8:30am-5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 10am-5pm on Wednesdays.

Paging of IHLC materials will be available from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Please call the University Archives Reading Room at 217-333-0798 for assistance with requests for IHLC materials between August 2 and August 8.

ihlc-imageThe 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.