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Illinois History Research: Introduction

This guide provides information on library resources that can be used to research topics related to Illinois History.

Map of Illinois, 1818

1820 Map of Illinois by John Melish

Map of Illinois constructed from the surveys in the General Land Office and other documents by John Melish, 1820 from the David Rumsey Collection. Note that it shows the Military Tract west of the Illinois River.


This guide has been developed to provide links to resources that might be useful in research about the history of Illinois. It provides information on searching WestCat and I-Share, indexes that can be used to locate information about Illinois history and links to digital and other collections that might be useful in doing research about the history of Illinois.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask at the Main Reference Desk (2nd Floor, Malpass Library), the Government Publications Information Desk (4th Floor, Malpass Library) or the Quad Cities Library. The Libraries also provide assistance via e-mail.

Other Library Guides

These links go to specific library collections relating to Illinois History.

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