The Chicago History Museum offers a number of online resources, to assist your exploration of Museum collections, and to provide context and interpretation.
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.
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.
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.
Additional Special Resources
The research center offers a variety of online resources for History Fair research, including extensive bibliographies.
Architecture and Building History
The research center holds a rich body of architecture and building history resources, many of them online.
The research center has a number of resources that can help in researching Chicago family history.
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.
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.
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.
The Dramas of Haymarket
The Dramas of Haymarket examines the circumstances and the legacy surrounding the 1886 Haymarket bombing.
The Haymarket Affair Digital Collection provides on-line access to primary source materials.
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.
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.
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.