Municipal Reference Collection

The Municipal Reference Collection at Harold Washington Library Center chronicles almost every aspect of municipal life in Chicago, housing most City of Chicago documents published since the mid-1800s as well as documents from other local agencies such as the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Transit Authority.

Digital Collections

Digital collections from the Municipal Reference Collection are forthcoming.

More CPL Resources

CPL’s Chicago History Timeline
An excellent resource for history students and those getting started on research in Chicago History.

External Resources

HathiTrust has an extensive digital collection of municipal reference content.
Illinois Digital Archives
For additional Chicago and Illinois Resources.
Newberry Library’s Digital Resources and Publications
The Newberry Library provides a large number of digitized maps, as well as general historical documents of Chicago and the Midwest.
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