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Onsite Resources

Stevenson-Ives Library

The Stevenson-Ives Library contains more than 15,000 books and periodicals with a focus on McLean County and Central Illinois history and genealogy.


The Museum's Archive features a wide-range of primary and secondary source material relating to the history of McLean County, from the 1820s to the present

Object Collections

The nearly 20,000 objects preserved at the Museum document the growth and development of McLean County from the prehistoric period through the present.

Online Resources

Finding Aids

Detailed inventories of archival collections in the Museum.


Biographies of past Evergreen Cemetery Walk characters.

Pantagraph Negative Collection

Click here to access over 30,000 digitized images in the Illinois Digital Archives database.

Local History Publications & Sanborn Maps

Digitized by the Internet Archive and Library of Congress

More Local History Publications

Recently digitized and made available during the coronavirus pandemic

McLean County Genealogical Society

Resources on genealogy in McLean County and beyond.

History Pin

Discover local historic images pinned to a map, some overlaid into Google Street View!

A Page from our Past

Museum staff column in the Sunday Pantagraph. Catch them in print or find them here!

PFOP: Curriculum for Teachers

Lesson plans based on Bill Kemp's articles in the Pantagraph.

Post Amerikan

An alternative newspaper run collectively by volunteers. It ran for 32 years, the longest continuous publication run for any underground newspaper in America.

Carius Menu Collection

Digitized menus donated by Larry Carius, author of the popular Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene page on Facebook

Home Town in the Corn Belt

This 5-volume series debuted in late December 1950. It contains 171 articles by 132 authors pertaining to local history!

Black History Resources

A Google Doc containing links to various local Black history resources such as articles, podcasts, videos, finding aids, images, and more!

MCMH Collections

Illinois Terminal Railroad

Bloomington to Peoria Interurban Railroad Line

Underground Railroad

Before the Civil War, fugitive slaves journeyed northward to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Black History Project

The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bloomington Fire

Just after midnight on June 19, 1900, a great fire began sweeping through much of the city's downtown...

Use Policies

Digital Reproduction Policy
Addresses use of digital cameras and personal scanners in Library/Archives

Fees - Personal Use
If you want our staff to scan an image from our Archives for personal use, see this document.

Fees - Commerical Use
If you want our staff to scan an image from our Archives for commercial use, see this document.