Digital Collections A-Z

Amundsen High School Collection
See Northside High Schools.
Barlow, Esther A. Collection
Esther Barlow was a children’s librarian in neighborhood branches of Chicago Public Library from 1927 until 1976.
Found in Libraries & Education
Chicago Examiner
The Chicago Examiner was one of a dozen major newspapers published in Chicago at the turn of the last century. It was known for its sensational news stories.
Found in Newspapers
Chicago Park District Records: Photographs
Chicago Public Library is currently finalizing the Chicago Park District Records: Photographs digital collection. It will be completed in spring 2018, but you can search many of the photographs now.
Found in Parks
Chicago Public Library Archives
On January 1, 1873 the Chicago Public Library opened its doors in a water tank that had survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. These photographs trace our history from that small structure to the development of neighborhood libraries across the city.
Found in Libraries & Education
Chicago Renaissance
The Black Chicago Renaissance was a creative movement when activism and scholarship flourished with the prodigious work of African American community leaders, performers, artists, writers and activists.
Found in African Americans
Chicago Sewers Collection
The sewer systems and passageways that lie beneath our feet are critical to the health and well being of the city. Offering a rare look at the “underbelly” of Chicago, this collection of historical images features construction photographs of sewers and tunnels.
Found in Neighborhoods
Chicago Theater
Theater collections at Chicago Public Library document a vibrant local theater community.
Chicago Theater Collection-Historic Playbills
See Chicago Theater.
Christian Fellowship Church Collection
See Northside Clubs and Organizations.
Civil War: Wayne Whalen Digital Archive of the Grand Army of the Republic and Civil War Collections
Camp equipment, weaponry and uniforms used on the homefront and the battlefield, with a focus on the Illinois experience.
Found in Civil War
Gould, E.B. Programs Collection
See Chicago Theater.
Green, Henry D. Photograph Collection
Chicago Public Library’s Northside Neighborhood History Collection houses the photographs of Henry Green, a commercial photographer on Chicago’s North Side.
Found in Neighborhoods
Kinsella, Helen G. Collection
See Northside High Schools.
Krueger, Robert W. Photograph Collection
In 1984, the Library began working with local photographer Robert Krueger to document the North Side.
Found in Neighborhoods
Lake View High School Collection
See Northside High Schools.
Millennium Park U.S. Equities Realty Collection
Watch the Millennium Park site transform from an industrial wasteland to a new urban park of world renown from 1999-2005, under the project management of U.S. Equities Realty and acclaimed architects, engineers and artists.
Found in Parks
Northside Clubs and Organizations
Glimpse into the activities of the thriving civic service scene on the North Side as well as the rich ethnic and religious heritage of the community.
Found in Neighborhoods
Northside High Schools
Photographs of high school football games, theatrical productions, dances and extracurricular activities from the 1870s to the 1950s.
Found in Neighborhoods Libraries & Education
Portage Park Community Collection
See Northside Clubs and Organizations.
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Lake View Township and its evolution from an independent municipality into current Northside communities, 1860s-1990s.
Found in Neighborhoods
Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association Collection
See Northside Clubs and Organizations.
Remembering Harold Washington
Mayor Harold Washington, the first African American mayor of Chicago, transformed the city during his years in office (1983-1987).
Found in African Americans
Sang, Philip David Collection
The Philip David Sang Collection contains unpublished and published works and ephemera united by its focus on the struggle of Africans and African Americans through the Middle Passage to the Civil Rights movement.
Found in African Americans Civil War
Walz, Louis D. Collection
See Northside High Schools.
Washington, Harold
See Remembering Harold Washington