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Online Resources

The Chicago History Museum offers a number of online resources, to assist your exploration of Museum collections, and to provide context and interpretation.

Important notice regarding access to the Studs Terkel collection

Online Catalog

ARCHIE is the Museum's online catalog. It should be consulted in conjunction with the card catalogs and finding aids for books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, and prints located in the Research Center. It can help you find:

  • Manuscripts cataloged since the mid-1980s
  • Books and periodicals
  • Photographic materials
  • Digital images of selected collection materials, such as the Chicago Daily News glass negatives.

> Search our online catalog

> Search our collection online

Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago

In addition to helpful background content, the electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago features numerous primary source materials drawn from the Museum's collection.

> Search the Encyclopedia

Chicago Daily News Database

Photographs in the Chicago Daily News collection, 1902-1933, are included in our online catalog, and can be searched by keyword, including street and community names. Use the "limit by" feature and select "Chicago Daily News images" from the drop-down menu.

> Search for Chicago Daily News images in our online catalog


Additional Special Resources

History Fair

The research center offers a variety of online resources for History Fair research, including extensive bibliographies.

> Explore History Fair resources

Architecture and Building History

The research center holds a rich body of architecture and building history resources, many of them online.

> Browse architecture and building history resources

Family History

The research center has a number of resources that can help in researching Chicago family history.

> View family research resources


Online Projects

Lincoln at 200

This website hosts two online exhibitions, Lincoln & The West: 1809–1860 and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Collectively they present and interpret hundreds of key Lincoln artifacts.

> Visit the Lincoln at 200 website

Louis Sullivan at 150

Access the audio recordings of presentations given at the 2006 Louis Sullivan at 150 International Symposium, held at the Chicago History Museum.

> Visit the Louis Sullivan at 150 website

The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory

This online exhibition focuses on the ways in which the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 has been remembered.

> Visit The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory website

> Purchase the Great Chicago Fire iPhone app

The Dramas of Haymarket

The Dramas of Haymarket examines the circumstances and the legacy surrounding the 1886 Haymarket bombing.

> Visit The Dramas of Haymarket website

The Haymarket Affair Digital Collection provides on-line access to primary source materials.

> View the Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

> Search the Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

Wet With Blood

Wet With Blood focuses on an artifact found in the Chicago History Museum's collection, a cloak allegedly worn by Mary Todd Lincoln on the evening her husband Abraham was assassinated in April 1865.

> Visit the Wet With Blood website

Studs Terkel

The Studs Terkel Conversations with America website is dedicated to making the works of Studs Terkel accessible to researchers, students, teachers, and the general public.

> Visit the Studs Terkel website

History Files

The History Files website provides rich detail about a number of popular topics in Chicago history, including Al Capone, the “Chicago Black Sox,” the Expositions of 1893 and 1933, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Pullman Era, and the Chicago Stockyards.

> Visit the History Files website

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