Illinois History Periodicals: Magazines, Historical Journals & Newspapers

The publications below are in two sections; ‘Magazines and Journals’, and ‘Newspapers’. See the right column for more info about this website.

Magazines and Journals

Chicago Magazine; The West As It Is

Chicago: Gager 1857
Vol. 1, No. 1 Go to Periodical

Gem of the West and Soldier’s Friend

Chicago: Gem of the West
Vol 6, 7, 8 (1872-1874). MonthlyGo to Periodical

Illinois Heritage

Springfield: Illinois State Historical Society
Vol 1 No. 1 1997 – Vol 10 No. 6 2008 Go to Periodical

Illinois History Teacher

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Vols. 1-16, 1994-2009 Go to Periodical

The Illinois Monthly Magazine

Vandalia: Blackwell 1831
Hall, James, ed.Vol 1

Vol 1, 1831.

Transactions of the Department of Agriculture of the State of Illinois with reports from county and district agricultural organizations for the year

Springfield: Illinois State Agriculture Society
Annuals 1853-1870Go to Periodical

Illinois History Periodicals

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Springfield Il:Illinois State Historical Society
Go to Group 1|Go to Group 2

Group 1: Vol 1 no. 1 1908 – Vol 14 No. 1-2, 1921.
Group 2: Vol 72, No. 1 (Feb 1979) to Vol 98, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer 2005


Springfield: Illinois State Historical Society
1900-1942 Go to Periodical

Indexes are at the same webpage.

The Western Monthly Magazine, a continuation of the Illinois Monthly Magazine

Cincinnati: Taylor & Tracy
Hall, James, ed.Vol 1|Vol 2|Vol 3|Vol 4

Vol 1 – 1833; Vol 2 – 1834; Vol 3 – Jan-June, 1835; Vol 4 – Jul-Dec 1835


The Cairo Bulletin

Cairo, IL
1872-1878 Go to Periodical

Illinois History Periodicals

Illinois Free Trader

Ottawa, ILL: Weaver & Hise
Begins 1840Go to Periodical

Illinois Farmer

Springfield: Francis
Periodical begins January, 1856Go to Periodical

The Ancestor Hunt – United States Online Historical Newspaper Links – Illinois

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The Ancestor Hunt is a very large site with a page of newspaper links for each U.S. state. The Illinois page contains links to numerous free historic newspapers, and includes links to individual Illinois newspapers within major collections such as the Library of Congress American Memory, University of Illinois Farm, Field and Fireside, and Illinois Digital Newspaper.

For more online collections of U.S. historical newspapers, see: Section 071.1 United States in Newspapers: Free Online Collections

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

University of Illinois Library
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This collection contains 45 newspaper titles with 95,000 issues.

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