Research Room & Archives



Tuesdays — 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays — 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursdays — 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturdays — 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


$5 for general public; students and EHC members are free (membership sign-up available).
Photocopies, photograph reproductions and publication rights are available for additional fees.


Basement level of the Dawes House. Entry to the archives is on the west side (driveway side) of the house. Take the steps that lead downstairs to the archives.

General History Questions

General (and brief) Evanston history questions can be made by phone (847) 475-3410 or by emailing Archivist Grace Lehner at

Fees for Private Research

Research requests can be made for more extensive research projects. Our research fee applies and the acceptance of the request is at the discretion of the archivist.

Hourly Fee: $30 per hour, one-hour minimum. Research fees must be paid before research can begin.  We accept cash or check (made out to the Evanston History Center) by mail, or you can call with your credit card information

Please contact Archivist Grace Lehner by calling (847) 475-3410 or emailing at to make a research request.

Click below to learn more about:

EHC’s Archival Collection Summary
Researching a House or Family
EHC’s Online Collection Database
EHC’s Oral History Collection
Additional Online Resources