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A guide to the Research Center at the Chicago History Museum, including hours, access, policies, etc.
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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These resources can only be accessed on-site.

  • Chicago Tribune and Chicago Defender
    Full-text of the historical Chicago Tribune and historical Chicago Defender.
  • ProQuest History Vault
    Primary sources available full-text online. Include the Claude A. Barnett Papers and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
  • Harpweek
    Full-text online of Harper's Weekly from 1857-1865, the Civil War Era.



Encyclopedia of Chicago

Search the online Encyclopedia of Chicago for background and primary source materials.

Other Resources

The resources listed below are proprietary to the museum and can only be accessed on-site in the Research Center.

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    Block-by-block outlines of buildings located on a given street at a specific time.
  • Chicago City Directories
    Searches the years 1844, 1851, 1859, 1860, 1861-62, 1862-63, 1863-64, 1864, 1865, 1866-67, 1867-68, 1871, 1873, 1881, 1890, 1910, 1917. Check with the Research Center for print holdings.

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