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ARCHIE Online Catalog

Search ARCHIE for information on the Museum’s holdings that are served through the Abakanowicz Research Center. Please note that while this resource is extensive, it is not exhaustive. For assistance researching materials that are not yet available in the online catalog, we recommend contacting the Abakanowicz Research Center for additional guidance.

Materials described in ARCHIE include:

  • Manuscripts cataloged since the mid-1980s
  • Books and periodicals
  • Photographic materials

Chicago History magazine archive (1970–present)

Chicago History, the magazine of the Chicago History Museum, publishes articles on various aspects of the history of Chicago: cultural, political, economic, social, architectural, and other topics. Chicago History has been published continuously since 1945, and in its current form since 1970.

Collections Online Portal

Search or browse the Museum’s Collections Online Portal to access images and information on some of the Museum’s most significant and frequently requested collection materialsplus a growing number of sound recordings.

Information that can be found in the portal includes:

  • Highlights of the Museum collection (Architecture [models and fragments], Costumes and Textiles, Decorative and Industrial Arts, and Paintings and Sculpture)
  • Highlights of the Prints and Photographs collection
  • Finding aids for a portion of the Archives and Manuscripts and Prints and Photographs holdings (these finding aids are also available as attachments to the records in the ARCHIE online catalog)
  • Oral histories conducted by the Chicago History Museum (including images, transcripts, and audio recordings)

Note that the vast majority of the collection is not yet online, and new resources are added to the portal on an ongoing basis.

Digital Chicago

Digital Chicago is a collection of more than twenty digital projects about forgotten or at-risk aspects of Chicago’s history and culture. This collection was originally developed at Lake Forest College as part of a four-year initiative to involve students and faculty in research into Chicago’s history through innovative digital projects, urban archeological digs, and complementary coursework in various disciplines.

The Encyclopedia of Chicago

The electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago, which is built on the printed volume published in 2004, is a comprehensive scholarly collection of entries, essays, maps, images, charts, and special features that covers all aspects of the history of metropolitan Chicago. It features maps, photographs, prints, drawings, and other items from the Chicago History Museum’s collection.

CHM Images

CHM Images is the Museum’s most comprehensive visual resource. Search and browse more than 330,000 images from CHM’s collection. License and download high-resolution images for publications, documentaries, home/office décor, websites, social media, and other uses. Highlights include:

Carol Moseley Braun campaigns for a seat in the United States Senate with the help of feminist writer Gloria Steinem, at the State of Illinois Center, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois. ST-19040948-0001, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Muhammed Ali rides in a convertible during the annual Bud Billiken parade down Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago. ST-80007028-0019, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Construction workers begin major construction project on Kennedy Expressway, Chicago. ST-30002305-0001, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Chinatown community celebrates Chinese New Year with a dragon at South Wentworth Avenue and West 22nd Place, Chicago. ST-90003293-0013, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
The crowd at the 27th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade along Dearborn Street in the Loop, Chicago, June 13, 1992. ST-19040908-0089, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. standing next to Rev. Ralph Abernathy and Albert Raby at a speakers podium during a march from Buckingham Fountain to City Hall to demonstrate for quality integrated education, Chicago. ST-10104100-0002, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Parade celebrating 159th anniversary of Mexican independence moves down North State Street from East Wacker Drive to East Van Buren Street, Chicago. ST-14002230-0019, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
President Linda Johnson-Rice, of Johnson Publishing Company, poses for portraits. The company is the largest African-American owned firm in the country, and is led by Ebony and Jet magazines. ST-19041191-0041, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Views of workers doing construction on the 44th floor of the unfinished John Hancock Center, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. ST-12004887-0028, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Harry Caray is back greeting fans and Chicago Cubs baseball players and staff at Wrigley Field after recovering from a stroke, Chicago. ST-50004111-0019, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Mayor Richard J. Daley, State Treasurer Adlai Stevenson III, Governor Otto Kerner, and County Commissioner George Dunne cut ribbon on new extension of Stevenson Expressway to Lake Shore Drive and McCormick Place. ST-11005180-0005, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Women march down State Street and meet for a rally at the Civic Center (Richard J. Daley Plaza), 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, for the first women's liberation march since 1916. 84-year-old Florence Lascombe leads the rally, where women support reproductive rights, child care, and equal pay. ST-20003470-0001, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
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