Exploring Chicago’s parks is a great summer activity, and CPL's archival collections can help you learn more about their histories.
Explore the History of Your Chicago Home
Learn about resources for researching the history of your home or another building in Chicago.
Take My Card: Historical Ravenswood Business Cards
Before the internet and social media, how did local businesses advertise their services? One way was with business cards! At the Northside Neighborhood History Collection, we have a small collection of historical business cards, mostly from proprietors in and around the Ravenswood and Lake View neighborhoods. The cards are mostly undated, but they appear to…
Exploring Northside Women’s Stories
In this post, we’ll look at a few of the remarkable women from the archives of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection (NNHC) at Sulzer Regional Library. Women are often underrepresented in the historical record, and it is worth it to do a bit of extra work to learn more about their experiences. These stories are…
Beyond Borders in the Archives: Esther Barlow – Immigrant Stories
Beyond Borders in the Archives explores CPL's archives and special collections and uncovers treasures. This series was produced as part of the 2020 One Book, One Chicago season. Esther Barlow – Immigrant Stories Esther Barlow was a children’s librarian at Chicago Public Library for almost 50 years, from 1927 to 1976, including over 20 years…
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