The 2020-21 National History Day theme is "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding."
Discover images of the front page as it appeared from early 1900 through 1984. Obituaries and death notices are available from 1860 to 1984, as well clippings indexed by Tribune staff from major stories and events from the 1920s through 1984.
Read full-text articles from academic journals, books and primary sources across many different fields, including the arts, humanities and sciences.
Research your family history with primary documents from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II.
Research your family history with historical newspapers from 1690-1922, local history books and genealogies, military records and more.
Search full-text articles starting from 1851.
Find full-text articles from more than 400 newspapers across the United States, including the Daily Herald back to 1901.
Chicagoland and Illinois Resources
Explore this collaboration of many Chicago-area organizations, archiving the city's history and culture.
Use research materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including settlement, growth and politics.
Visit Chicago Public Library in person to access its four special collections or use their online resources.
Discover over 200,000 images from the History Museum’s renowned collection.
Access their online catalog, the content of the magazine Chicago History and The Encyclopedia of Chicago, as well as portals to some of their collections.
Find tips on where to find collections about Black Chicago between the 1930s and 1970s.
See documents, photos and essays of Hull House and its neighborhoods.
View more than 60,000 digitized images from the university library's archives.
Learn Illinois history through archived photographs, letters, postcards and posters.
View the digital image collections of Illinois universities all in one site.
Explore special collections digitized over the past decade by academic and research libraries.
Search full text or metadata of scholarly literature across a variety of publishing formats and disciplines.
A new guide from the Library of Congress with tips on research inspiration, definitions for primary and secondary sources (with examples), strategies for searching those sources, and suggestions on citing resources appropriately. If you're feeling stuck or need extra help, you can contact a Library of Congress reference specialist.
Explore this index that includes over 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive.
Find free eBooks, including older works for which copyright has expired.
Read books and magazines, download them, cite them and translate them. Some books are provided by publishers, while others are scanned as part of a Google project.
Access cultural records digitized through a partnership of major research institutions and libraries.
View an archive of numerous formats — web pages, books, audio recordings, videos, images and software programs.
Search the Library of Congress for newspapers from 1789-1963, or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
A curated selection of approximately 1,600 primary sources for anyone studying U.S. Black history.