Archives & Local History Collections

Highland Park Baseball Team 1899

The collections include books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks, records of local organizations, local government records, and related materials documenting Highland Park history and culture from the 1800s to the present.  The collections include resources on Ravinia, Fort Sheridan, and the surrounding area.   Archives and Local History collections are reference only and cannot be borrowed.  The Archivist and the Information and Reader Services Librarians will assist you.  Photocopying or other reproduction of Archives & Local History materials may be restricted. Please read the Reproduction and Use Agreement.

Research Assistance:

  • Information and Reader Services
  • Archivist
    • 847-432-0216 x 138

Research assistance is available all hours that the library is open

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Search the Archives and Local History Collections catalog.

Search the:

Index to Local History Files

Historical Photos on Flickr

Highland Park Newspaper Index

Highland Park Obituary Index


Search by Subject for “Highland Park (Ill.)” in the general catalog.

Other local history resources:

Civil War Veterans

Jesse Lowe Smith Diaries

Jesse Lowe Smith Photo Collection 

Reproduction and Use of Archives & Local History Collections

Illinois Digital Archives


Research Guides:

How to Research Your Highland Park House