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Newspapers & Microfilm

The Library's 4,900 newspaper titles are preserved on nearly 73,000 microfilm reels. As the mandated newspaper repository in Illinois, the Library holds titles from all 102 counties. Many of the newspapers date from the early and mid-nineteenth century, and more than 300 newspapers are currently received through subscription.

The Library's newspaper collection has been cataloged through the nationwide program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Researchers may borrow newspapers on microfilm through interlibrary loan. The collection may be searched online at the Illinois Newspaper Project site. Researchers may also view the newspapers held by the library by city.

Newspaper Search Policy
All search requests must include specific information for a search to be performed. Those specifics include the full name(s), exact date (day, month, and year), and exact location (city and county) of the occurrence. If such information is unavailable and you live in the continental United States, you may borrow newspaper microfilm on interlibrary loan through your local library to do your own research. Each search consists of looking for articles on one occurrence (obituary notice, birth announcement, marriage announcement, etc.) for one person.

Each letter must be accompanied by a self addressed, stamped, business sized envelope. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. A response will be sent for successful and unsuccessful searches. Do not send a second letter until you have received a response to your first.

The newspaper collections may be searched online at the Rolling Prairie Online site. Find more information on the Illinois Newspaper Project.

Illinois Residents:   A non refundable copy fee of $1.00 must accompany each letter. Each letter must be limited to no more than two (2) search requests.

Non Illinois Residents:   A non refundable fee of $10.00 per search must accompany each search request.   Each letter is limited to no more than four (4) search requests.

Historic American
Buildings Survey/
Historic American
Engineering Record

The HABS/HAER program, founded in 1995, sets the standards for the documentation of historic properties subject to provisions of the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act and Section 106 of National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. Those acts allow documentation of that certain historic properties if they are to be demolished or substantially altered as a result of projects involving state or federal funds.  To be included in the collection, buildings, sites, structures, or objects must be listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

A hallmark of the Illinois HABS/HAER program is its emphasis on a comprehensive historic context for each structure. Although the level of documentation varies based on the nature and significance of the property, the following are general requirements: measured drawings or sketched floor plan; photographs (present view, and possibly historic views); history of the site; and architectural/site description. More than 100 structures--including commercial buildings, houses, and bridges--have been recorded. 

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