Reparations Research at the EHC

The Evanston History Center (EHC) is pleased to announce that its research collection will be available for free to anyone who will be working on establishing a case for reparations in the City of Evanston. The EHC archives hold a significant amount of material related to people and houses in Evanston. In addition, our staff has years of experience interpreting the primary sources and assisting people with figuring out the stories of their families and their homes. Biographical files, city directories and phone books, building permits, local newspapers, and other research sources in the EHC Archives are available.

Appointments for using the research collection at the Evanston History Center can be made by clicking here.

EHC’s Executive Director Eden Juron Pearlman: “With the news of the passage of the historic legislation regarding reparations in Evanston this past month, we put into motion a plan to offer our research collection and services for free to anyone who is trying to establish their family history and submit an application for the Restorative Housing Program. At the History Center, we are aware of the discriminatory practices and policies in housing and schools, and other areas of life in Evanston. This is why we helped to assemble the research report that documents this discrimination for the Reparations Committee. 

Luckily, many of the records needed to establish these stories have been carefully preserved in our collection. We are making them available for free to anyone attempting to do this research because we want to continue to assist with making this story more accessible, especially to those whose families experienced it personally.”

The application process is at this time in only draft form. More information can be found on the City of Evanston website.

Appointments for using the research collection at the Evanston History Center can be made by clicking here.