Online Resources Available for Research

 

The Hinsdale Historical Society has a local history archive as part of the Roger and Ruth Anderson Architecture Center located at Immanuel Hall. It contains a variety of materials related to the history of Hinsdale and DuPage County, as well as Chicago and Illinois. Some of the resources available are published histories and maps, many of which are available online.

 

Digitized by various libraries and archives around the country, these resources are accessible through websites like Archive.org, the Illinois Digital Archives, and Google Books. For those conducting historical and genealogical research, these online resources provide quicker and more thorough searches than through traditional methods.

 

First of all, one can conduct research from the comfort of his/her home (although visiting small historical archive like ours certainly has its own rewards). Secondly, instead of relying on the index – if there even is one – one can enter any search term, and it will be located within the document. Of course, common word names, like Bush or Grove, will get more hits for non-related stories and topics, but one might also find references not included in the index. Most of these websites will also allow for downloads of the whole book or map, as a PDF or other document type.

 

Here’s a list, by publication date, of some of the local history resources that can be found online. Some can be found on more than one website, although only one link is included here, based on what is considered to have better search capabilities. For those items that can also be found in the Hinsdale Historical Society Archives or at the Hinsdale Public Library, those are marked accordingly.

 

1851

Map of the Counties of Cook and DuPage, the east part of Kane and Kendall, the north part of Will, State of Illinois; Compiled by James H. Rees, Land Agent; Printed and Engraved at Ferd. Mayer’s Lithograph, New York

Library of Congress

 

1857

A History of the County of Du Page, Illinois; by C. W. Richmond & H. F. Vallette; Steam Presses of Scripps, Bross and Spears, Chicago

Archive.org

 

1870

Van Vechten's map of Cook & Du Page Counties also the norther portion of Lake County, Indiana; Published and Sold by J. Van Vechten; Chas. Shober Steam Printing House, Chicago

Library of Congress

 

1874

Combination Atlas Map of DuPage County, Illinois; by Thompson Bro's & Burr, Elgin, Illinois

Illinois Digital Archives

HHS – 2 copies (original), 4 copies (repro)

 

1874

Chicago and Its Suburbs; by Everett Chamberlin; Published by T. A. Hungerford & Co., Chicago, Illinois

Archive.org

HHS – 2 copies

 

1876

History of DuPage County, Illinois; by the Board of Supervisors of Du Page County, Illinois; Knickerboker & Hodder, Publishers, Aurora, Illinois

Google Books

HHS – one copy

 

1882

History of DuPage County, Illinois; by Rufus Blanchard; O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Chicago, Illinois

Archive.org

HHS – one copy

 

1884

History of Chicago from the Earliest Period to the Present Time in Three Volumes, Volume I – Ending with the Year 1857; by A. T. Andreas; A. T. Andreas, Publisher, Chicago.

Archive.org

HHS – one copy

 

1890

Snyder's real estate map of Cook and Dupage Counties, Illinois; Published by F. M. Snyder, Chicago, Illinois

Library of Congress

 

1892

Encyclopedia of Biography of Illinois, Volume I; The Century Publishing and Engraving Company, Chicago

Google Books

HHS – one copy

 

1894

Portrait and Biographical Record of DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois

Archive.org

HHS – two copies

 

1895

Picturesque Hinsdale, Wm. H. Baker & E. J. Phelps, photographers; Wm. H. Baker, Chicago

Archive.org

HHS – 3 copies

 

1895

History of Chicago, Illinois, Volume I & II; Hon. John Moses & Maj. Joseph Kirkland, Editors; Munsell & Co., Publishers, Chicago & New York

Archive.org (Volume I)

Archive.org (Volume II)

HHS – one copy (of each volume)

 

1898

Snyder's Real Estate Map of Cook, Du Page and part of Will Counties, Illinois; by Max Rondonell; William L. Mitchell, Chicago, Illinois

Library of Congress

 

1901

Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest; by Mrs. John H. Kinzie of Chicago, Edited with Notes and Introduction by Eleanor Kinzie Gordon; Rand, McNally & Company, Publishers, Chicago and New York

Archive.org

HHS – one copy

 

1904

20th Century Atlas of Du Page County, Illinois; Middle-West Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Digital Archives

HHS – 3 copies

 

1912

Book of the Western Suburbs: Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, Highways and Byways, Past and Present; by Marian A. White; published by J. Harrison White; Chicago, Illinois

Archive.org

HHS – two copies

 

1913

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Du Page County (Historical and Biographical), Volume II, Illustrated

Newton Bateman, LL. D. & Paul Selby, A. M., editors; Munsell Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Digital Archives

HHS – 3 copies

 

1923

Chicago's Highways Old and New: From Indian Trail to Motor Road, by Milo M. Quaife; D. F. Keller & Company, Chicago, Illinois

Archive.org

HHS – one copy

 

1924-25

Du Page County, Illinois, Directory; McDonough & Company, Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Digital Archives

 

1948

Du Page County: A Descriptive and Historical Guide, 1831-1939; Marion Knoblauch, editor; Irvin A. Ruby, Distributor, Elmhurst, Illinois

Archive.org

HHS – 2 copies

 

1949

Village on the County Line: A History of Hinsdale, Illinois; by Hugh G. Dugan; Friends of the Library, Hinsdale, Illinois

Archive.org

HHS – 5 copies

HPL – R 977.324 DUG

 

1957

Hinsdale Sanitarium and Hospital, by Hugh G. Dugan

Archive.org

HHS – 7 copies

 

1985

DuPage Roots; Richard A. Thompson, editor

DuPage County Historical Society

HHS – 2 copies

HPL – R 977.324 THO