Archival Collection Summary

The EHC Online Database

The Evanston History Center’s Archival Collection is extensive and offers a comprehensive view of Evanston over time. Below is a summary of the most commonly used items in the collection. For a full description of the collection or to check on the availability of these or other resources, please contact the archivist at or call 847-475-3410.

Summary of Holdings

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-Archival collections documenting many Evanston schools, churches, civic and social organizations, businesses and residents, including correspondence and organizational records (minutes, financial reports, etc)

-Building records, including: house files with city records and real estate listings for every house in Evanston and some commercial structures; Sanborn fire insurance maps; blueprints and plat surveys for many structures; and documentation for historic districts and local landmarks

-Records of the town, village and city of Evanston, and Ridgeville and Evanston township, from the 1840s to the present

-Newspapers, and clipping files from local newspapers, including the Evanston Index, Evanston Press, Evanston News, Daily News, Evanston News-Index, Evanston Review and Evanston Roundtable

-Books and publications on various subjects, including:

-Evanston history and Evanston authors

-Evanston City Directories from 1879-1963 (some including Rogers Park and other North Shore communities)

-Evanston Telephone Directories from 1926 through the present

-Evanston Architecture

-Family history

-Maps of Evanston and vicinity

-Photographs (biographical and subject files), slides, film, videotapes and DVDs

-Oral history interviews and other audio recordings

For more information about our research collection, please contact Archivist Grace Lehner at (847) 475-3410 or