Illinois Genealogy Resources
Chicago and Cook County
Chicago Daily News Photograph Collection. This
collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured
on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers
employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's
leading newspapers. The photographs illustrate the enormous
variety of topics and events covered in the newspaper, although
only about twenty percent of the images in the collection were
published in the newspaper. Most of the photographs were taken
in Chicago, Illinois, or in nearby towns, parks, or athletic
fields. In addition to many Chicagoans, the images include
politicians, actors, and other prominent people who stopped in
Chicago during their travels and individual athletes and sports
teams who came to Chicago. Also included are photographs
illustrating the operations of the Chicago Daily News
itself and pictures taken on occasional out-of-town trips by the
Daily News's photographers to important events, such as
the inauguration of presidents in Washington, D.C.
Chicago Imagebase (Maps). The Chicago Imagebase is a
Web-based project aimed at enhancing knowledge about the built
environment of the Chicago region. On this site you will find a
wide variety of images and other data along with information on
how to use this data to study the city.
Digital Past- images of Chicago and suburbs. Digital Past is
a local history digitization project undertaken by libraries,
historical societies, museums, and other cultural venues in
northern Illinois in partnership with the North Suburban Library
System in Wheeling, Illinois. It began in 1998 with a grant from
the Illinois State Library and has become a popular resource for
researchers of all ages and interests including schoolchildren,
genealogists, historians, authors, producers, and special
interest groups. Digital Past contains collections from nearly
30 institutions of varying topics and formats including 35,000+
records in over 100 collections.
Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Thousands of historical
resources, including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and
newspapers related to Chicago's history.
- Jacob, Mark and Richard Cahan, in association with the
Chicago History Museum. Chicago Under Glass: Early
Photographs from The Chicago Daily News. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 2007.
- Kogan, Herman and Lloyd Wendt. Chicago: A Pictorial
History. New York: Bonanza Books, 1958.
- Mayer, Harold M. and Richard C. Wade. Chicago: Growth of
a Metropolis. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press,
1969. Includes 1,000 photographs and fifty maps.
- Pacyga, Dominic A. and Ellen Skerrett. Chicago: City of Neighborhoods: Histories and Tours. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1986. Includes numerous photographs and maps.