Category Archives: Illinois Resources

Illinois State Historic Preservation Office

Location: State Historic Preservation Office (Preservation Services), IDNR-One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271 Phone: (217) 782-4836 Web site: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnrhistoric/Pages/default.aspx Institution Type: Government Archives Collections Description: Early papers of State Route 66 Association, historic preservation, Pure Oil drawings Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Books, vertical files, video, newspaper clippings, architectural designs, photographs Time Periods: 20th century Access Facility Hours:  Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM Online Resources and Finding Aids: None

Illinois State Historical Society

Location: Illinois State Historical Society 5255 Shepherd Rd. Springfield, IL 62703 Phone: 217-525-2781 Web site: Illinois State Historical Society Institution Type: Historical Society Collections Description: History of Route 66, Local History Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Oral Histories Time Periods: 20th century Access Facility Hours: Not listed; please call for more information. Online Resources and Finding Aids:  

Chicago Tribune Editorial Library

Location: Chicago Tribune Editorial Library 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 312-222-3194 Web site: None Institution Type: Archive Collections Description: History of Route 66 Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Vertical Files, Newspaper Clippings Time Periods: 20th century Access Facility Hours: By appointment Online Resources and Finding Aids:

Williamsville Historical Boxcar Museum

Location: Williamsville Historical Boxcar Museum 104 S. Elm St. Williamsville, IL 62693 Phone: 217-566-3870 Web site: Institution Type: Museum Collections Description: Roadside Businesses, Early Route 66, Golden Age of Route 66, Local History Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Photos and maps, 1928-1967, of old Route 66 surrounding Williamsville; collection of newspaper articles and photos of happenings on the Mother Road; collections of articles on Route 66; collections of the many filling stations in Williamsville during the era; original concrete pavement

DuPage County Historical Museum

Location: DuPage County Historical Museum 102 E. Wesley St. Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-510-4941 Web site: DuPage County Historical Museum Institution Type: Museum, Archive Collections Description: Local History, Travel and Transportation, Roadside Businesses Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Vertical Files, Maps, Correspondence, Other Published Materials Time Periods: 20th Century Access Facility Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 12-4:30pm Online Resources and Finding Aids:  

Lake County Discovery Museum

Location: Lake County Discovery Museum 27277 North Forest Preserve Road Wauconda, IL 60084 Phone: 847-968-3400 Web site: Lake County Discovery Museum Institution Type: Musuem, Archive Collections Description: Early Route 66, Golden Age of Route 66, Tourism, Roadside Businesses, Architecture and Art Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois, Route 66 in Other States, Entire Route 66 Type of Materials: Postcards; the James R. Powell Route 66 Collection consists of 4,000 printed and real photograph postcards of the highway and roadside architecture, mainly dating from the mid-1920s

Towanda District Library

Location: Towanda District Library 301 S. Taylor St. Towanda, IL 61776 Phone: 309-728-2176 Web site: Towanda District Library Institution Type: Library Collections Description: Building and Planning of Route 66, Roadside Businesses, Local History, Interstates’ Effects on Route 66 Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: The Towanda Area Historical Collection, available online through the Illinois State Library’s Digital Archives, contains 20 items including articles on Fred Walk’s parkway preservation project, a photo of 1954 construction of northbound lanes, aerial photos, a 1940s article on

Brookens Library – University of Illinois, Springfield

Location: Brookens Library – University of Illinois, Springfield 1 University Plaza Springfield, IL 62703 Phone: 217-206-6605 Web site: Brookens Library Institution Type: Library, College/University Collections Description: History of Route 66 Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Vertical Files, Newspaper Clippings, Maps, Oral Histories Time Periods: 20th Century Access Facility Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30-12:00 am, Friday 8:30 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm – 12:00 am; hours vary when classes not in session. Online Resources and Finding Aids: Library Catalog

Lincoln Library (Public Library of Springfield)

Location: Lincoln Library (Public Library of Springfield) 326 S. Seventh St. Springfield, IL 62701 Phone: 217-753-4900 Web site: Lincoln Library Institution Type: Library Collections Description: History of Route 66 Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Manuscript Material, Vertical Files – Sangamon Valley Collection has 3 vertical files on “Roads–Illinois–Route 66”; Reference Dept. has vertical files “Highways–Illinois” with some materials on Route 66 Time Periods: 20th Century Access Facility Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am-8pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm Online Resources and Finding Aids: Library

Illinois State Library

Location: Illinois State Library 300 S. Second St. Springfield, IL 62701 Phone: 217-785-5600 Web site: Illinois State Library Institution Type: Library, Archive Collections Description: Building and Planning Route 66, Early Route 66, Golden Age of Route 66, Tourism on Route 66, Route 66 Revival Regions Covered: Route 66 in Illinois Type of Materials: Standard published books, magazines (Route 66 Magazine, 66 News), Keith Sculle’s historic collection of other states’ Route 66 association newsletters, archived issues of Route 66 issues of Illinois Times, federal documents

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