Online Resources Collection
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Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.
Portraits of more than 18,500 men and women, from all eras and walks of life, whose lives have shaped the United States.
More than 3,000 databases and census records with more than 1 billion names.
- Ancestry can help you find the name of the ship your grandparents sailed when immigrating to the U.S.
Primary sources including speeches and eyewitness accounts of important historical events organized by timeline.
Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1849 to 1989.
- You can see how dramatic events unfolded online — such as the sinking of the Titanic and the return of the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft!
Articles, maps, and special features from the Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library, and Northwestern University.
- The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed 18,000 structures in the city. However, within one year most visible evidence of the disaster was gone.
Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. (FOLD3)
- Discover your family's military past.
Genealogy warehouse with U.S. Census data from 1790-1930, family and local histories, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and Freedman's Bank records.
- You can find out if any of your ancestors filed for a Revolutionary War Pension.
Full-text information about Naperville's history from primary source materials. Annotated list.
- Telephone numbers used to be 1-3 digits! Take a look at the Naperville phone directory from 1910.
The National Geographic Magazine Archive from 1888, provides full-text searching of every article of the world’s most recognized magazine from its first publication in 1888. This comprehensive archive is an essential tool for researchers of all ages for the study of science, nature, geography and much more.
- You can find any photograph, map, and article published by NG; a perfect complement to a school project or just to explore a new interest.
Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1851 to 2004.
- You can look at some real advertising from the era of Mad Men in the New York Times Historical Archive!
Viewpoint essays, articles, statistics, primary documents, and other reference sources on social issues.
- You can read opinion essays about the big political and social issues of the day.