About Us


Established in 1956, The Champaign County Historical Archives is a department of The Urbana Free Library that maintains a research-level collection on the history and genealogy of Champaign County. In 1987 it was designated the official repository for non-current Champaign County records. Although it focuses on Champaign County, the Archives holds extensive collections of works dealing with the rest of Illinois and those states that document the significant migration routes of the communities that comprise Champaign County. Whether you have Champaign County ancestors (or no connections to the county at all), or you are interested in local history, there is a wealth of materials available for your research. Please see our Archives Collection Management for further detail.

View Local History and Genealogy Brochure PDF 


Planning Your Visit

The Champaign County Historical Archives is located on the second floor of The Urbana Free Library and is open to the public.  Your visit does not require an appointment.

For hours, information on driving directions, and parking, please visit the library's Find Us and Hours page.  We do ask large groups to contact us in advance so that we may better prepare for your visit (K-12 students welcome!).


Champaign County Historical Archives
The Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801-5326

Phone: 217-367-4025
Email: archives@urbanafree.org


Donations to the Archives

To donate special collection materials documenting the history of Champaign County, please contact Anke Voss, Director of Archives at 217-367-4025 or avoss@urbanafree.org. Donations of books, photographs, postcards, family papers and organizational records, and monetary gifts are always welcome. Donations and bequests of materials are accepted by the Archives staff with the understanding that they are judged on the basis of the Archives Collection Development Policy. Materials that fall outside the scope of this policy are not added to the collection. We will work with you to determine the most appropriate disposition of the material and to conclude a gift agreement. Donations are tax-exempt. Donors are responsible for assigning a value to donated items.