About the Collections
The Library has received grants from the Illinois State Library and the North Suburban
Library System for the digitization of much more of the Skokie Historical Society collection. Use
these links to view this online collection which will include
some of the same images from the Skokie Historical Society website:
- At Home in Skokie
- Attempted Nazi March 1977 and 1978 in Skokie
- Dr. Louise Klehm Archives
- Skokie Fire Department History
- Skokie History Project
The plan is to continue to add to the physical collection of Niles Center/Skokie history as well as expand the online information. The following is a synopsis of the collection:
The artifact collection include objects from the Historic Log Cabin, wedding dresses, christening gowns, fire apparatus, community group scrapbooks, local merchant advertising giveaways, and general store ledgers. Some of the objects date to the 1880’s.
The document collection dates to the mid-1800’s. These holdings contain business invoices, business cards, invitations, school notices, village notes, some religious group histories, and community group histories.
Maps and Plats:
The oldest maps and plats have been scanned and are
available online. The remaining collection consists of older zoning maps of Niles Center/Skokie.
All historical microfilm records are maintained in the Reference Area at the Skokie Public Library. These microfilms include Skokie area Sanborn Fire Maps, Jean Doney scrapbooks, and select newspapers dating from the 1920’s through the mid-1980’s.
The local newspapers from 1979 to present are available at the Skokie Public Library. Check the Skokie Public Library online catalog. Some newspapers publishers now have issues available online.
The photograph collection is categorized according to subject. Please remember that the online photographs are only a small portion of the Society’s collection. The topics vary in date and concentration of subjects. Images are in the format of prints, negatives and slides.
Selected reference books are available line. Other reference books such as pioneer related books, school yearbooks, other local community histories, and some cemetery records are available for examination at the Skokie Heritage Museum during regular hours of operation. The Skokie Public Library also has reference books on area history. Check the Skokie Public Library online catalog.
The audio collection includes forty oral histories of residents of Niles Center/Skokie, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra recordings, and Niles East High School band recordings. The video collection includes recollections of pioneer families, Niles East High School 1930’s building construction, Niles East football games, “Skokie People Speaks” Series, and World War II veterans interviewed by high school students.
Images in the Skokie Heritage Museum archive may be available for use by submitting a request.
Skokie Historical Society is located
in the Skokie Heritage Museum at
8031 Floral Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Phone: 847.674.1500 x3000
Skokie Historical Society
Hours of Operation:
Thursday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
July through October: Closed the 1st Sunday
November through June: Closed the 1st and 3rd Sunday
Other hours by appointment