January 28, 2022

5,500 More Historic Images From the Collections of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Now Available Online

From the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency:

More than 5,500 images from Illinois history are now available online at ChroniclingIllinois.org, a resource offered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Center for Digital Initiatives.

Selected from more than 230 collections in the Presidential Library’s audiovisual department, the photographs provide an array of visual perspectives on family, social, business and political life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Illinois.

“These photographs offer just a small sampling of the extraordinary collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library,” said ALPLM Executive Director Eileen Mackevich. “The variety of images is astounding, from the famous to the obscure, from turning points in the state’s history to ordinary life, from the city to the farm, from architectural history to family history, from disasters to confrontations.”

Daniel W. Stowell, director of the Center for Digital Initiatives, invited the public to help improve the presidential library’s information about the images.

“Although we know the subjects in many of the photographs, the people and places in others are either unknown or imprecise. We would welcome additional information on the photographs,” Stowell said.

For example, the library’s Temple Collection features many images from Wayne County in the 1950s, but the identity of the individuals in most of the photographs remains a mystery.

Browse or Keyword Search the Collection

Visitors to ChroniclingIllinois.org can peruse the photos two ways. They can go to the “search the collections” box and type in a key word or two. The search results will list related records in the library’s collection, followed by images.

The second option is to click on “collections” at the top of the page and then select “Illinois Photographic Collection” from the many choices. Visitors will then get a list of various photo collections to explore.

The addition of these 5,500 photos is just the latest step in making the contents of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum available digitally.

Other online collections include photos and documents related to Abraham Lincoln, sheet music and song lyrics from many eras, and documents from Gov. Richard Yates, who led Illinois during the Civil War.

Direct to ChroniclingIllinois.org

Read the Complete Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.