Online Collections

Exhibits

Digitized historic photographs, advertisements, texts & more from our unique collections.

African-American Community Leaders

Casual Dining in Champaign-Urbana

Champaign County Forest Preserves

Champaign County Homes, 1838-1920

Champaign County Winter Wonderland

Champaign Park District

Chanute: Daily Life on the Rantoul AFB

Church Architecture in Champaign County

Confectionaries of Champaign-Urbana

Divest Now Protests

Everett C. Block Collection

Grain Elevators

History of The Urbana Free Library

Illinois Central Railroad

One-Room Schoolhouses of Champaign County

Urbana Park District

Veterans of Champaign County

 

Oral Histories 

Carnegie Portable Reel-to-Reel Tape RecorderWe have over 250 oral histories with topics that cover the length and breadth of the history of Champaign County and its communities. Richly represented within the collection is stories of rural life, and experience of the African American community. Additionally, many recordings and their corresponding transcripts (when available) have been digitized and made available online.
 

Multimedia Presentations

These projects feature extensive content from the Champaign County Historical Archives. 

Campus Middle School for Girls Podcasts

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Each year CMS celebrates Forum Week, where they suspend their normal curriculum and the entire school focuses on a single topic. The topic for 2016 was podcasting. The finished podcasts are entirely student-created: the girls researched their topics, conducted interviews, wrote scripts, composed music, and recorded and edited the final podcasts. The groups created podcasts about 6 historically-significant local organizations: Champaign County Historical Museum, Courier Cafe, Common Ground Food Co-Op, League of Women Voters of Champaign County, Capoeira Angola Center, and First United Methodist Church of Urbana. 

Champaign-Urbana Music

A developing online presence to preserve and promote Champaign-Urbana’s music community—past and present. 
 

 

 

Explore C-U 

Explore CU is a free web and mobile platform about the arts, culture, and history of Champaign-Urbana and its surrounding area. Developed by the University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

 

Historic Champaign County – Neighborhoods and Homes

The Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2000, as a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. Historic Champaign County – Neighborhoods and Homes’ contains scanned Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA) historic property inventories for a selection of Champaign County residences.
 

In Lincoln's Shadow: A walking tour of historic Urbana, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln spent nearly twenty years of his life practicing law in Urbana while on the Circuit Court, making friends and gaining political allies. This is not a tour of sites that he visited, but rather a look at the connections between the Urbana of Lincoln's era and the  historic buildgs of today's downtown. This on-demand, self-guided tour allows you to see images and hear sounds from the past on the actual spot where history was made. The pastcast is available to download as audio or video to your pesonal device.