Special Collections Finding Aids

Our Collections

Champaign County Historical Archives has over 300 special collections pertaining to Champaign County history and genealogy. Many collections have been arranged with original order, creators, and subjects in mind, while other collections are "artificial," meaning they have different creators and donors. These artificial collections been compiled by the Champaign County Historical Archives staff. 

What is a finding aid? 

A finding aid is a document that guides a patron through the contents and context of a collection. Finding aids include information on the record creator and the records themselves. They also give researchers a sense of how a collection is arranged. A "container list" will detail what's inside the box, and sometimes, what is inside the folders.

Finding aids allow researchers to "see" a collection before physically engaging with it. Like a patron browsing a library shelf, finding aids give patrons the sense of "browsing" archival collections. This is important because it gives researchers a clearer sense of where records they might want to see are located. Finding aids also benefit the archival materials themselves--now they have a better chance of only being handled when they need to be. Minimal handling allows records to stay preserved. 

How to Use This Page

For ease of access, we have arranged our finding aids alphabetically, under the first name or word in the collection. It is our hope that, in time, we will be able to create new avenues for accessibility and browsing methods. Feel free to browse our finding aids--we want our users to get the most out of our collections and become engaged with our materials!

This page will continue to be updated. Please email archives@urbanafreelibrary.org if you have any questions, or would like to see any of the specific collections during your next visit. Information about planning a visit to the archives can be found here.



1322 Grandview Drive Slides Collection


Ad Hoc Florida Avenue Residents Association Records

Antique Study Group Records

Art Club Records


Barbara Roberts Papers

Bernadine Stake Papers

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Records

B.F. Stevenson Family Collection

Block Family Collection

Burnham City Hospital Nurses' Strike Records

Busey Family Collection

Busy Fifteen Club Records


Carly Friendship Club Records

Central Illinois Jewish Federation Records

Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center Records

Charlotte Golden Papers

Champaign County

Champaign County Audubon Society Records

Champaign County Autographs Collection

Champaign County Bicentennial Commission Records

Champaign County Camera Club Records

Champaign County Civil War Documents

Champaign County Diaries Collection

Champaign County Drainage Districts Collection

Champaign County Historical Museum Records

Champaign County Medical Society Records

Champaign County Women's Political Caucus Records


C-U Cable Commission

Champaign-Urbana Community Woman's Club Records

Champaign-Urbana Courier Records

Champaign-Urbana Herb Society Records

Champaign-Urbana Jaycee Club Scrapbook Collection

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Collection

Champaign-Urbana Welcome Club Records

Children's Theatre, Inc. Records

Church Women United Records

Citizens' Committee for the Restoration of the Clock and Bell Tower Records

City of Urbana Public Facilities Records

Clayton F. Daughtery Research Collection

Cohen Family Collection

Community United Church of Christ Records

Countryside United Methodist Church Records

Covenant Fellowship Church Records

Credit Bureau of Champaign County Records


Daughters of Union Veterans Records

DeMolay Mother's Circle Records

Dennis Stubblefield Papers

D.H. Loper Family Collection


Ellen Miner Collection

Evening Etude Music Club Records

Everett C. Block Collection


Fortnightly Club Records

Freemason Centennial Lodge, 747 Philo Records

Friends of The Urbana Free Library Records

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Champaign County Records

George E. Smith Research Collection

Gilbert Papp Papers

Glenn C. Frazier World War I Collection

G.R. Grubb Engraving Co. Records


Harper Family Collection

Heath Funeral Home Records

Households Involved in Pollution Solution (HIPS) Records


Illinois Nurses Association Records

Izaak Walton League of America Champaign County Chapter Records


Janet Eisner Collection

Jean Bialeschki Family Collection

Jean Burkholder Collection

Jim Jones East Central Illinois Poetry Collection

Joseph Kuhn and Co. Records


Kaufman's Men's Store Records


Latino Voices Records

Louis Bear Collection

Luker's Pan-o-Cake Records


Matthew House, Inc. Records

Medra Club Records

Mittendorf Funeral Home Records

Monday Club Records

Mount Hope Cemetery Association (Sidney) Records

Mueller Funeral Home Records


National Council of Negro Women Records

National Society of Arts and Letters Records

Near O'Kin Bridge Club Records

Nelson Family Collection

Nettie Mills Papers



Pesotum History Collection

Porter School Records



Race Inn and the "Chickens Come to Roost" Records

Rantoul United Services Organization Records

The Reading Group Records

Red Cross Champaign County Chapter Records

Robert K. McCandless Collection


Savoy Methodist Church Records

Sidney Historical Society Records

Sidney Oral History Project Collection

Sidney Senior Citizens' Organization Records

Sidney Woman's Club Records

Sinai Temple Records

Society for the Urban Residential Environment (SURE) Records

S.P. Atkinson Monument Co. Records

Staff Association at The Urbana Free Library Records


The Urbana Free Library Foundation Records

Timothy Smith Manuscript Collection

Toastmistresses Club Records

Training Education Coordinating Committee Records

Twin City Garden Club Records


Urbana Arbor Division Records

Urbana Half Century Club Records

Urbana Neighborhood Associations Collection

Urbana Rotary Club Records


Velda Routh Collection

Virgil C. Wikoff Papers


W. Lewis and Co. Department Store Records

White House Conference on Children and Youth Records

William Jarret Hylbert Letters

Women's Information and Resource Exchange (W.I.R.E) Records

Women's Literary Club Records

World War II Ephemera Collection



Yankee Ridge Improvement Records


Zap the Caps Committee Records