Chanute Collection

Air Service Mechanics School, Flying Department, Chanute Field April 8, 1921, 1st classA company of Air-WACs march at Chanute during the closing months of World War II

Starting in the summer of 2016, the Champaign County Historical Archives will process over 700 cubic feet of materials it recently received from the Chanute Air Museum, which closed in the fall of 2015.

The museum selected the Champaign County Historical Archives as the new home of its archival holdings, which include blueprints and maps for Chanute Air Force Base, base publications, oral histories, aerial photographs of the base, subject files, photographs, scrapbooks, over 200 videotapes, and extensive archival donations from personnel connected to Chanute. Read more about the collection in the May edition of This Month at The Urbana Free Library.

Public access to the collection will not be possible at this time. While our staff works busily to make the collection available, we will be featuring highlights of our progress on this page. Check in with us often.  

The Library would like to thank the Friends of The Urbana Free Library for donating the proceeds from their Spring Book Sale to cover the cost of moving the collection to the Archives. 

Call for Participation 

Do you have a story about Chanute Air Force Base? If so we would like to hear from you!

This year the former Chanute Air Force Base (1917-1993) celebrates its 100th anniversary, and the Champaign County Historical Archives is looking to celebrate Chanute’s impressive history with exhibits, a Town & Gown Speaker Series event, and by talking to people like you! If you have any interest in sharing your story please fill out this form.

Questions? Contact Sherrie Bowser, or 217-367-4025.


Deed of Gift signed! (May 2016)

Move Day (June 2016)

Photo Album: Daily Life at Chanute (August 2016)

Chanute Airmen Feed the Birds (January 2017)

Hired an Archives Intern to work exclusively with the Chanute Collection (February 2017)

Chanute Air Force Base Celebrates Women (March 2017) 

Photographs from Chanute's Annual Open House (April 2017)