Online Collection Database

EHC Online Collection Database

Online Database Information

The Evanston History Center’s Online Database provides access to the Center’s archival collections and finding aids (inventories) for those collections. It does not provide access to all the materials in our archives and research room, but it does provide access to the bulk of the collection. For additional materials, please contact our archivist for more information at or 847-475-3410.

This database is a work in progress. We are constantly adding new materials to it. At this time, approximately two-thirds of our collections have been added.

We welcome your feedback on how we can improve this database and our research services. Please email the archivist at with any feedback or questions you may have. Thank you!

Evanston History Center Online Database

Searching the Online Database

You can do a Basic Search, Advanced Search, or Browse by Collections or Items.

Instructions for Advanced Search within the Online Database

Click the button with that title. On the subsequent form, enter search terms in any of the fields. The Name field can include first, last, or both names. The Date field can be in year or year range format. Keywords should be limited to one word. Select either the ‘Or’ or ‘And’ button when including multiple Keywords.

Click here to download a complete list of the Center’s processed archival collections (You may need to download Adobe Reader. Click on this link for the free application.)