The Urbana Free Library is pleased to announce that the formal Deed of Gift, transferring the Chanute Air Museum Collection to the Champaign County Historical Archives, was officially signed on May 5, 2016.
The collection includes 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 archival donations from personnel connected to Chanute. We estimate that over 700 cubic feet of material will transfer to the Champaign County Historical Archives over the next few months. Public access to the collection will not be possible at this time, but the Library does plan to provide frequent updates and feature highlights from the collection.
More information about the Chanute Air Museum Collection is available in the May edition of This Month at The Urbana Free Library.
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.
Pictured left: Celeste Choate, Executive Director of The Urbana Free Library and Anke Voss, Director of Archives & Special Collections