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Historic Illinois Newspapers – History Journals – Journal of Illinois Historical Society

Online Newspaper collections and journals for Illinois history. Includes journals from the Illinois State Historical Society, Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections, and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Illinois Magazines and Journals

Chicago Magazine; The West As It Is

Vol. 1, No. 1
Chicago: Gager 1857

Gem of the West and Soldier’s Friend

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

The Dial

Vols I-IV (1840-1844) & Vols 1-73 (1880-1922)

Chicago, New York

‘The Dial’ was established in 1840 as a Transcendentalist magazine, edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. It ceased publication in 1844. In Chicago in 1880 the editor and publisher Francis F. Browne gave his new journal of literary criticism and politics the same name, claiming it was in the same tradition. It achieved national prominence and was the most respected magazine of its type in the Midwest, before declining after 1910. In 1918 it was moved to New York and again became very influential, publishing important artwork, poetry and fiction.

Illinois Heritage

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

Illinois History Teacher

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

The Illinois Monthly Magazine

Hall, James, ed.
Vandalia: Blackwell 1831

Vol 1, 1831.

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Springfield Il:Illinois State Historical Society

Group 1: Vol 1 no. 1 1908 – Vol 16, No. 1-2 (April-July 1923).
Group 2: Vol 16, No. 1-2 (April-July 1923) to Vol 56 No. 1 (Spring 1963)
Group 3: Vol 56 no. 2 (Summer 1963) to Vol 71 (1978)
Group 4: Vol 72, No. 1 (Feb 1979) to Vol 98, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer 2005
Volumes in Group 3 are PDF documents unsorted by date. It is apparently necessary to open each file to discover which volume it is.

The Lakeside Monthly

Vols 1-4, 7-9 (1869-1873)

Vols 6-11 (1871-1874)

Chicago

‘The Lakeside Monthly’, which ran from 1869 to 1874, was edited by Francis Fisher Browne. It was the predecessor to Browne’s more successful Chicago literary magazine ‘The Dial’, which began in 1880 (also found on this webpage). Issues contain non-fiction, fiction, poetry and book reviews. Included were nonfiction articles about Chicago, including a section called “The Rebuilding of the City’ on page 281 of Volume 8 (Oct 1872), which describes the restoration of Chicago in the wake of the great fire of October 1871.

Transactions

1900-1942
Springfield: Illinois State Historical Society

Indexes are at the same webpage.

The Western Monthly Magazine, a continuation of the Illinois Monthly Magazine, Vol 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Hall, James, ed.
Cincinnati: Taylor & Tracy

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

Illinois Newspapers

The Cairo Bulletin

1872-1878
Cairo, IL

Illinois Free Trader

1840-1843
Ottawa, ILL: Weaver & Hise

Illinois Farmer

1856-1864
Springfield: Francis

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

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: Free Newspaper Archives

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

University of Illinois Library

As of March, 2019, the website for this collection states it contains 127 newspaper titles with 150,000 issues.

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