Developed by the Newberry Library with the cooperation of the Chicago Historical Society, The Encyclopedia of Chicago is the definitive historical reference on metropolitan Chicago.
Genealogy & History
For elementary, middle and high school students. Find out about objects and ideas that have changed how we live today from the steam engine to the toothbrush. Corresponds to science and social studies curriculums.
For elementary, middle and high school students. Covers the origins and rise of each civilization; the role of women; methods of warfare; daily life and customs; diet; housing; legal system; religion, and holidays.
For high school and college students as well as the general public; features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.
Start here to find out about people in other countries! Listen to the national anthem, look at pictures, and try recipes. Learn about each country’s history, customs, and government, and see what everyday life is like.
Looking for information about an American Indian tribe or working on a Native American Heritage Month project? This is an easy-to-use resource with biographies, major events coverage, primary sources, & maps.
Not just for students! Find encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, e-books and multimedia resources in one search!
For historians, genealogists, and the general public, this is a collection of Sanborn fire insurance maps for Illinois.
What are Sanborn maps? The Sanborn Map Company published these large-scale plans for fire insurance purposes, including the outline of each building, the size, shape, construction materials, height, and location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
Images of US federal census records; a strong complement to Ancestry Library Edition (available only in the library).
Full-text with PDFs of the pages from the original papers; coverage 1851-2004