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Module 2: How to Find Primary Sources in the UIUC Archives

The Champaign County Historical Archives

As we have seen, the University Archives maintains a broad range of records related to the University of Illinois’s history. But there are many other archives available to students or researchers in the Champaign-Urbana area. In fact, your research interests may require you to expand your archival research to areas off campus. In this instance, the Urbana Free Library might be your next stop.

As a department within the Urbana Free Library, the Champaign County Historical Archives has many records relating to the history of Champaign County, and to a lesser extent the rest of Illinois and other states east of the Mississippi. Access to its collections is free and open to the general public.


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Photo courtesy of the Urbana Free Library

The Urbana Free Library is located at 210 West Green Street, at the corner of Race and Green. The Archives are accessible Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

You are encouraged to contact the Archives staff by phone (217-367-4025) or email archives@urbanafreelibrary.org to help you locate the materials you need.

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