Chicago History

Old Pops Digital Collection Launches

Take a step back in time with this selection of pre-1930s Chicago-themed pieces of sheet music from CPL's Old Pops sheet music collection.


Online Resources

Chicago Newspapers: Online and on Microfilm

Find current and historical local newspapers available online from anywhere or on microfilm at Harold Washington Library Center.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Search the full text of the Chicago Tribune, including classified and display advertisements, from 1849 to 1997.

Newspapers, Sanborn Maps and More

History Events

History & Genealogy Events


Chicago History Blog Posts

Chicago History in the Archives

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Digital Collections

Photos of Chicago's Past


Special Collections Divisions at CPL

Special Collections at HWLC

The Special Collections and Preservation Division at HWLC showcases rare and unique materials focusing on Chicago.

Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection

The Vivian G. Harsh Collection at Woodson Regional Library is the largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest.
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Northside Neighborhood History Collection

The Northside Neighborhood History Collection at Sulzer Regional Library houses historical and contemporary materials.

Municipal Reference Collection

Learn about the trove of Chicago information in the Municipal Reference Collection at Harold Washington Library Center.
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