Chicago History

Slates to Typewriters in Chicago Schools

Sarah looks at our special collections to see how even the old-fashioned ways of doing schoolwork have changed over time.

Books

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

Events

History & Genealogy Events

Exhibits

Chicago History Blog Posts

Chicago History in the Archives

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Digital Collections

Photos of Chicago's Past

Quizzes

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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