Chanute Collection

2017 marks 100 years for the former Chanute Air Force Base""

This year the former Chanute Air Force Base (1917-1993) in Rantoul, Illinois celebrates its 100th anniversary. The base was established May 1917, following the United States’ entry into WWI, and trained over 2 million servicemen and women during its 76 years of operation.

In 2016, the Champaign County Historical Archives acquired the archival records from the Chanute Air Museum when it closed in Fall 2015, including photographs, scrapbooks, blueprints, base publications, subject and history files. 

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Stay up-to-date while our staff works busily to make this collection available to the public. 

Call for Participation 

Do you have a story about Chanute Air Force Base? If so we would like to hear from you! If you have an interest in sharing your story please fill out this form.

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

The Library would like to thank the Friends of The Urbana Free Library and The Urbana Free Library Foundation for their generous support of the collection’s move to the Archives and for funding the Chanute Collection’s Graduate Intern.


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