Naperville Heritage Digital Collection
Annotated List - Page 1
20th Century Atlas of DuPage County Illinois: Containing Maps of Villages, Cities and Townships of the County. of the State, United States and World. Chicago, Illinois: Middle-West Publishing Co., 1904. (public domain) Plat maps for the villages, cities and townships of DuPage County, with more general maps of Illinois, the United States, and the world. Portraits of DuPage County officers, prominent citizens, and county landmarks.
95th Street Library: Grand Opening September 13-20, 2003 Commemorative Program. [Naperville, Illinois: Naperville Public Library, 2003]. (NPL document) This commemorative program covers the extensive calendar of activities for the grand opening of Naperville Public Library’s 95th Street Library. The guide contains floor plans of the new building and a brief history of the Naperville Public Library.
150 Years of Sharing the Word: SS. Peter & Paul Parish, 1846-1996. Naperville, Illinois: SS Peter & Paul Parish, 1996. (copyright permission granted) The oldest Catholic Church in Naperville, founded in 1846, mirrors the growth of the Catholic population as other parishes were formed. Pictures of pastors, church buildings, and the fire of 1922, a list of clergy assigned to the parish, and highlights of their celebrations.
Autobiography of James L. Nichols. Story of the life of J.L. Nichols. History of Nichols Library. Apparently dictated to Elizabeth Barnard Nichols, undated. (copyright permission granted) Dictated shortly before his death in 1895, this is the autobiography of a prominent Naperville self-made man who rose from penniless orphan to North-Western (now North Central) College professor, publisher, businessman and benefactor to the Nichols Library and North Central College. Also included is the speech made by Elizabeth Barnard Nichols-Simpson at the dedication of Merner Gymnasium and Field House, January 23, 1931. Lastly is a brief history of Nichols Library given by Library Director Miriam B. Fry in 1969 at the opening of the new children’s room in the lower level of the library.
Bickhaus, Phoebe. History of Naperville Community Unit School District 203: DuPage and Will Counties, Lisle, Naperville, and DuPage Townships, State of Illinois, 1997. Naperville, Illinois: Administrative Center, Naperville Community Unit School District 2003, 1997. (copyright permission granted) Covers early education in Naperville and the beginnings and growth of a public school system that consolidated as a unit district in 1972. There are histories of individual schools and the district’s history by decades, with statistics and enrollment figures.
Black Acre: A Remembrance. 36 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 1993]. DVD. Produced by Herb Nadelhoffer and Mary Lou Wehrli. (copyright permission granted) This film shows how the 100-year-old Lisle, Illinois Nadelhoffer farm gave way to suburban sprawl. Includes interviews.
Blanchard, Rufus. History of DuPage County, Illinois. Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., 1882. (public domain) The history of DuPage County is covered through the exploration period, Indian life, pioneer settlement, the Black Hawk War, the Civil War and the development of governing bodies, schools, churches and businesses. There are histories of each township and biographies, with some portraits, of notable citizens in each township. This work sketches the role of Joseph Naper and his associates in carving out DuPage County from Cook County in 1839 and establishing Naperville as its first county seat.
Can You Dig It? The Dirt on Joe Naper. 52 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 2006]. DVD. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. (copyright permission granted) Naperville founder Joe Naper’s homestead was the recent site of an archaeological dig to discover artifacts and historic features from the nineteenth century way of life in Naperville. Staff members of the Naperville Heritage Society are interviewed about the methodology of the dig and their discoveries.
City Directories of Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Naperville, Westmont and Western Springs. 1927- 1928 ed. Chicago, Illinois: Smith Directory Co., 1927. (public domain) Buyer’s guide, business ads, city officials, residents with occupations, index of advertisers.
City of Naperville, Illinois, Council Minutes. February 7, 1857-April 26, 1870. May 6, 1898 through September 9, 1935. [Naperville, Illinois], Text-film. (public domain) Naperville incorporated as a village in 1857 and began to govern itself by passing ordinances for the good of the community.
Combination Atlas Map of DuPage County, Illinois: Compiled, Drawn and Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys. Elgin, Illinois: Thompson Bro’s & Burr, 1874. (public domain) This early atlas contains city and township plat maps within DuPage County, sketches of prominent homes, census information on landowners and biographies of county pioneers.
Community Building on the Great Frontier: the Story of Joseph Naper and the Founding of Naperville. 50 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 2006]. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. (copyright permission granted) The first feature documentary produced about Naperville’s founder sheds light on Joseph Naper the man: his vision, struggles and triumphs; and how he helped build the community we know today. Sea Captain Joseph Naper brought thirteen families to Naperville in 1831, platted the land, was instrumental in carving out DuPage County from Cook County in 1839, and served as the first president of the village of Naperville in 1857.
Congregation Beth Shalom Dedication Weekend Ad Journal, November 20-22, 1998. Naperville, Illinois: Congregation Beth Shalom, 1998. (copyright permission granted) Begun in 1972 as the Naperville Jewish Community Organization, their first permanent synagogue was dedicated in 1998. The Presidents of Congregation Beth Shalom are listed, as well as those who contributed to the building campaign. Includes a short history. Cowlishaw, Mary Lou.