Illinois History: Documents & Collections of Records 2


This page contains documents and collections of documents related to the history of Illinois. See the right column for more info about this website.


Historic Documents

Constitution of the State of Illinois 1818

Washington: Kraft 1818
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Illinois’ first State Constitution.

Also see: Illinois History Politics & Government and Illinois General History


“Insurrection of 1806. The Burr Incident”

American History Teachers Collaborative

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Several documents related to the treason case against Aaron Burr, former Vice President of the United States.


“The Chicago Treaty of 1833, with Introduction and Notes by Milo M. Quaife”

The Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 1, number 3, March 1918

Madison: Historical Society of Wisconsin
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Included here is not just the treaty that ceded a large part of Northern Illinois and a little of Wisconsin, but also letters accusing the U.S. Government representative in the treaty negotiations of major corruption. Included are details of large payoffs to multiple members of the McKinzie family.
Note: the link at the button takes you to the issue of the “Wisconsin Magazine of History”. The materials are then found under three consecutive headings in the right column: “Documents: The Chicago Treaty…”, Documents: Charges preferred against George B. Porter”, and “Documents: Letter from George B. Porter to President Andrew Jackson”.

Also see: History of Illinois Cities, Counties & Regions and Illinois General History


Collections

Digital State Archives – Illinois

Digital State Archives website
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The Digital State Archives website has a page for every U.S. state where links and descriptions can be found for significant digital archives sponsored by state organizations; particularly government agencies and universities.

Chicago Primary Source Set

Library of Congress TPS-Barat
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Digitized primary sources that includes images, maps, sheet music, books and articles, newspapers, more. TPS-Barat: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the Primary Source Nexus is to serve as an online community support resource for the TPS-Barat program.

Illinois Harvest

University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Illinois Harvest is a unique service that provides access to publicly available online materials about or related to Illinois. Among the text collections are:
Abraham Lincoln – Full-Text Books and Documents (42 records);
Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: A Collection of Digitized Books (1482 records);
American History: A Collection of Digitized Books (739 records);
Champaign County, Illinois: A Collection of Digitized Books (219 records);
Chicago: A Collection of Digitized Books (752 records);
Church and Congregational History in Illinois: A Collection of Digitized Books;
County and Local Histories of Illinois: A Collection of Digitized Books (577 records);
Education in Illinois: A Collection of Digitized Books (148 records);
General Biography (156 records) Great Lakes Collection (542 records);
Illinois Art and Literature: A Collection of Digitized Books (56 records)
and more…

See the list of resources on this website for: Genealogy & Local History Research


Illinois Digital Archives …

State of Illinois; State Librarian
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(title continued) ” … A Repository for the Digital
Collections of Libraries, Museums, Historical Societies and other Cultural Institutions in Illinois”

What can you find in the Illinois Digital Archives? Photographs, slides, glass negatives; Oral histories; Manuscripts and letters; Illinois government documents; Federal government documents; Postcards; Posters; Videos; Newspapers; Maps; and more.

Illinois History: Documents & Collections

Illinois Historical Collections

Illinois State Historical Library
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Also called Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, the Collections are a series of scholarly volumes on a variety of topics related to Illinois history published by the Illinois State Historical Library. Each volume deals with one or more topics.
The following volumes have been digitized:
Volume 1. [Miscellaneous Documents, ca. 1672-1779]. – A compilation of primary sources related to LaSalle, Marquette, Hennepin, deTonty, George Rogers Clark and others.
Volume 2. Virginia Series, Volume I: Cahokia Records, 1778-1790.
Volume 3. Lincoln Series, Volume I: Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858.
Volume 4. Executive Series, Volume I: Governors’ Letter Books, 1818-1834.
Volume 5. Virginia Series, Volume II: Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790.
Volume 6. Bibliographical Series, Volume I: Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois, 1814-1879.
Volume 7. Executive Series, Volume II: Governors’ Letter Book, 1840-1853.
Volume 8. Virginia Series, Volume III: George Rodgers Clark Papers, 1771-1790.
Volume 9. Bibliographical Series, Volume II: Travel and Description, 1765-1865; County Histories, Atlases and Biographical Collections; Territorial and State Laws, 1788-1913.
Volume 10. British Series, Volume I: The Critical Period: 1763-1765.
Volume 11. British Series, Volume II: The New Régime: 1765-1767.
Volume 12. Bibliographical Series, Volume III: The County Archives of the State of Illinois.
Volume 13. Constitutional Series, Volume I: Illinois Constitutions, 1818-1870.
Volume 14. Constitutional Series, Volume II: The Constitutional Debates of 1847.
Volume 15. Biographical Series, Volume I: Governor Edward Coles.
Volume 16. British Series, Volume III: Trade and Politics, 1767-1769.
Volume 17. Law Series, Volume I: The Laws of the Northwest Territory, 1788-1800.
Volume 18. Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848.
Volume 19. Virginia Series, Volume IV: George Rogers Clark Papers, 1781-1784.
Volume 20. Lincoln Series, Volume II: The Diary of Orville Hickman Browning, Volume I: 1850-1864.
Volume 21. Law Series, Volume II: The Laws of Indiana Territory, 1801-1809.
Volume 23. French Series, Volume I: The French Foundations, 1680-1693.
Volume 24. Statistical Series, Volume II: Illinois Census Returns, 1810, 1818.
Volume 25. Law Series, Volume V: The Laws of Illinois Territory, 1809-1818.
Volume 26. Statistical Series, Volume III: Illinois Census Returns, 1820.
Volume 27. French Series, Volume II: Anglo-French Boundary Disputes in the West, 1749-1763.
Volume 28. Law Series, Volume III: Pope’s Digest, 1815, Volume I.
Volume 29. French Series, Volume II: Illinois on the Eve of the Seven Years’ War, 1747-1755.
Volume 30. Law Series, Volume IV: Pope’s Digest, 1815, Volume II.

Also see: Illinois History Politics & Government, Illinois General History and Great Lakes General History

Illinois Primary Source Set

Library of Congress TPS-Barat
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Digitized primary sources that includes images, maps, sheet music, books and articles, newspapers, more. TPS-Barat: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the Primary Source Nexus is to serve as an online community support resource for the TPS-Barat program.

The Territorial Papers of the United States

Washington: National Archives 1934 – 1975
Carter, Clarence Edwin and Bloom, John Porter, eds.Go to Book

Volumes for the Great Lakes region are:

Vol 1. General
Vol 2. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803
Vol 3. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803 continued
Vol 7. The Territory of Indiana 1800-1810
Vol 8. The Territory of Indiana 1810-1816
Vol 10. The Territory of Michigan 1805-1820
Vol 11. The Territory of Michigan 1820-1829
Vol 12. The Territory of Michigan 1829-1837
Vol 16. The Territory of Illinois 1809-1814
Vol 17. The Territory of Illinois 1814-1818
Vol 27. The Territory of Wisconsin, Executive Journal, 1836-1848; Papers, 1836-1839
Vol 28. The Territory of Wisconsin 1839-1848



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