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Regional History Center and University Archives: Regional Collections

Regional Collections

The Regional Collections include original manuscripts and records generated by private individuals, institutions, and organizations from throughout the eighteen Northern Illinois counties. The collections span the period from 1800 to the present and focus on several major themes in the region's history: agriculture, politics, ethnic heritage, commerce and industry, the role of women, and urban expansion. To provide documentation in these areas of interest the Center actively collects the historical records of farmers and their organizations, businesses and retail stores, state and local politicians, churches, cemeteries, civic agencies, individuals, women's organizations, and labor unions. In addition, the Center holds vertical file manuscripts, county and local histories, atlases and plat books, city directories, maps, broadsides, posters, photographs, oral histories, genealogical journals, and core reference printed materials on the history of Northern Illinois that complement the manuscript collections.

18 counties that the N.I.U. Regional History Center serves

Finding Aids for Regional Collections