Special Collections

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Special Collections curates specific cultural and heritage collections that reflect the unique values and enduring legacies of Oak Park. Special Collections makes digital items available through the Illinois Digital Archives. Special Collections also collaborates with community partners to make their historic collections accessible. See ArchivesSpace for inventories »

Interested in volunteering with Special Collections? Students should submit a cover letter and resume to Leigh Tarullo, Manager of Special Collections »

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Ernest Hemingway

Frank Lloyd Wright

Grand Army of the Republic

Legends of Our Time Collection

  • Legends of Our Time was a 1996 oral history project produced in cooperation with Concordia University (River Forest). Please check the library catalog for circulating copies. Special Collections maintains the original audiovisual materials, transcripts, and supporting documentation.

Local Authors

The Local Authors Collection contains original works and related ephemera from authors and cultural figures from Oak Park.

Open Housing Movement

  • The Oak Park Open Housing Movement works to ensure racial diversity in Oak Park. As a result, Oak Park became a national leader in being a free, open, and inclusive community.

Philander Barclay Photograph Collection

Scoville Institute and Oak Park Public Library Collection

  • The Scoville Institute was the precursor to the Oak Park Public Library. The collection includes rare books from the Scoville Institute, interior and exterior photographs and negatives of library buildings, and early correspondence and artifacts.

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