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Please note: For the fall 2021 semester, IHLC will be open for walk-ins during weekday afternoons, 1-5pm, and otherwise by appointment only. In-person appointments are limited, but we continue to be able to fulfill digitization requests for remote access. Please see our Planning your visit page and email us at ihlc@library.illinois.edu for more information about the process for making an appointment or making a digitization request.

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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 35,000 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
Browse all collections alphabetically by title

Search for Books and Other Publications

Find books, periodicals, and other published materials in the University of Illinois online catalog for Special Collections