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John L. Lewis Collection

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John L. Lewis was a labor organizer and leader, serving as president of both the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and the Congress of Industrial…

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Noah Mason Collection

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Noah M. Mason began his career as a teacher in Oglesby, Illinois, serving as the Oglesby Superintendent of Schools from 1908-1936. During that time he…

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Frank Ward Holt Collection

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Frank Ward Holt was a soldier during World War I, fighting with Company H of the 129th Infantry, American Expeditionary Force. During his military…

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Adolph Berger Collection

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Adolph Berger, a German physician who practiced medicine in Lebanon, Illinois, was born about 1820 and educated at Heidelberg, Germany. While a…

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Arthur J. Bidwill Collection

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Arthur J. Bidwill served in the Illinois state Senate from 1935-1972. During his time in office he served as the Senate President Pro-Tempore from…

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Peter Cartwright Collection

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Peter Cartwright was a Methodist circuit rider and member of the Illinois General Assembly. Cartwright served the Methodist Church in Kentucky,…

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Eugenia S. Chapman Collection

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Eugenia Sheldon Chapman was the first woman to hold a leadership in the Illinois House of Representatives, serving as the Democratic Minority Whip…

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George Davenport Collection

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George Davenport was a fur trader in Illinois who established the city of Rock Island, Illinois. Davenport fought in the United States Army during the…

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James Lemen Collection

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Reverend James Lemen, Sr., was a leader in the anti-slavery movement in the Indiana Territory and Illinois, helping to shape the 1818 Illinois…

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William Morrison Collection

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William Morrison was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1854-1860, serving as Speaker of the House from 1859-1860. During the…

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Frank Parsons Norbury Collection

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Dr. Frank Parsons Norbury was the founder of the Norbury Sanatorium in Jacksonville, Illinois. Norbury began his medical career as an assistant…

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Parks Family Collection

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Photographs in this collection include images of daily life for several individuals including women going to work the fields in Germany at the end of…

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Lewis Baldwin Parsons Collection

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Lewis Baldwin Parsons arrived in Illinois in 1844, setting up a law practice in Alton. Two years later he became the Alton city attorney, a position…

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Octavia Roberts Collection

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Octavia Ridgely Roberts was born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1875. She was one of five children of Charles D. Roberts, a men’s clothing…

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Doris Sanford Collection

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Doris Mae Burmeister Sanford was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, on July 23, 1924, the daughter of Russell Allen Burmeister and Violet Evelyn Vieira…

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Scripps-Speed Collection

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The Scripps-Speed Collection is named for two prominent familes joined by the marriage of Dr. Joshua Speed and Virginia Ellen Scripps, daughter of…

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Mrs. Frank J. (Nellie) Sherman Collection

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Nellie Sherman was a professional genealogist and historian.Mrs. Sherman attended Eastern Illinois State Teachers College and was a graduate of…

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James Taylor Collection

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James Taylor served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1969-1981 and again from 1983-1985. He served in the Illinois Senate from 1981-1983.…

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Robert L. Underbrink Collection

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Robert Underbrink was a World War II veteran from Jacksonville, Illinois, He served with Company A. 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division in…

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Van Loo Family Collection

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The August and Elma Van Loo family lived in Sheffield, Illinois. Elma and her twin sister, Velma, were born on July 4, 1908, to Henry and Annie…

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Wiley Family Collection

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Photographs in this collection include portraits of several Wiley family members from McLean County, Illinois. These portraits include images of Lytle…

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Historic Sites Collection

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Photographs in this collection include image of several historic sites throughout Illinois including Oak Ridge Bridge, Edwards Place, Cahokia Mounds,…

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Carl Sandburg Collection

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Carl Sandburg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet from Illinois. Born in Galesburg, Sandburg attended school until the age of 13 when he left…

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Constitutional Convention Collection

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The move to call the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention to adopt the first new state constitution since 1870 gained momentum when the after the…

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