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Begin your research on Chicago and Illinois history for History 230 and find articles, books, journals, videos, and more.

Online Collections

  On August 13, 1927 aviation hero Charles A. Lindbergh visited Chicago. This photograph, from the Chicago Daily News online collection at the Library of Congress, shows Lindbergh riding with Mayor William Hale Thompson onto the field at Soldier Field. Thompson is turning around and looking to the right of the camera. The Library of Congress did not date the photograph, but a search in the SXU Library's historical Chicago Tribune files found the complete story.

Chicago Daily News. The Library of Congress and Chicago Historical Museum have made available online 55,000 images originally published in the Chicago Daily News. The images date from 1902-1933, and cover a wide array of topics. 

Chicago on Fire. See the path of the great fire and read accounts of the people who lived through it, from PBS.

City maps depicting individual buildings to panoramic views of large urban areas, from the Library of Congress.

Cook County buildings are documented, including drawings, photographs, and notes, in the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record collections from the Library of Congress.

The Great Chicago Fire. Documents and essays pertaining to the Chicago Fire published by The Chicago Historical Society and the Trustees of Northwestern University.

Haymarket Affair Digital Collection. Collection of police reports, trial reports, broadsides, manuscripts, photographs, engravings and more from the Chicago Historical Museum.

Without Bounds or Limits: Online Exhibition of the Plan of Chicago, from the Art Institute of Chicago.

World's Columbian Exposition, includes an interactive map of the fairgrounds from eCUIP:The Digital Library Project.

World's Columbian Exposition, includes maps, photographs, artifacts, and more, from the Chicago Historical Museum.

Online Newspapers

Off campus access to all the newspapers except The Chicago Eagle requires a SXU NetId and password.

Chicago Citizen; Chicago, Ill. Full Text: 1991 - current

Chicago Defender; Chicago, Ill. Full Text: 1999 - current

Chicago Eagle (available from 1892 to about 1922 as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection)

Chicago Independent Bulletin; Chicago, Ill. Full Text: 1996 - 2007

Chicago Jewish Star; Skokie, Ill. Full Text: 1993 - current, some exceptions

The Chicago Reporter. Full Text: 2009 - current

Chicago Tribune. Articles from 1985 to the present. For articles from 1849 to 1984, use the Chicago Tribune historical files.

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