Open for Nominations: Illinois Newspaper Project


ImageThe Illinois Newspaper Project is open for nominations now through September 30th 2023.


Cultural Heritage Institutions can nominate an Illinois Newspaper for digitization and free online distribution at

Newspapers should be from Illinois, not under copyright, and microfilmed (no print newspapers at this time.)

For more information on nomination eligibility, FAQs, and paper applications see

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Over 200 Illinois Newspapers Digitized

Now available: over two hundred digitized Illinois newspapers: Access currently restricted to computers with a campus IP address, but will soon be freely available through the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) to researchers everywhere. Continue reading “Over 200 Illinois Newspapers Digitized”

Call for Applications: 2022-2023 Research Travel Grant

Update: It’s not too late to apply for a Research Travel Grant to visit our Library in Spring 2023! Applications received by December 5, 2022, will be considered for spring funding.

Call for applications: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library 2022-2023 Research Travel Grant

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library and the Department of History are pleased to announce a Research Travel Grant to support scholars conducting research in any of the Library’s collections. Continue reading “Call for Applications: 2022-2023 Research Travel Grant”

Colonial Caribbean New Module: Colonial Government and Abolition, 1833-1849

Now available: the second module of the digital collection Colonial Caribbean. Like the first module, Module 2 covers British colonialism in the Caribbean, and comprises documents from the British National Archives, digitized in full color. Continue reading “Colonial Caribbean New Module: Colonial Government and Abolition, 1833-1849”

Zion, IL: Utopia on the Prairie

In researching context for newspapers in the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection I came across the fascinating history of Zion, IL, formerly Zion City, which was created as a utopian community in 1901 by an evangelical and early Pentecostal faith healer named John Alexander Dowie. In its early years the city did not allow drinking, dancing, smoking, card playing, theater, or even driving more than 10 miles an hour. Zion is a small town south of Kenosha and north of Waukegan in Lake County, Illinois. It is currently home to a nuclear power plant but boasts a rich history in American religious movements and utopian city planning.  Continue reading “Zion, IL: Utopia on the Prairie”