A guide to the Research Center at the Chicago History Museum, including hours, access, policies, etc.
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2017
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.
Full-text online of Harper's Weekly from 1857-1865, the Civil War Era.
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.