to the Stevenson-Ives Library, one of the finest local history and genealogy
research libraries in downstate Illinois. The Library contains more than 13,000
books and periodicals with a focus on McLean County and Central Illinois
history and genealogy. The Library contains the collections of the McLean
County Museum of History, the McLean County Genealogical Society, and the
Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the
American Revolution (NSDAR).
holdings emphasize McLean County, Bloomington-Normal, and outlying communities,
with secondary emphasis given to adjacent counties. The collection also
includes historical material relating to areas of source migration to McLean
Museum is a member of both the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)
and the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC). The Museum’s
Library holdings can be accessed through the RAILS’ Resource
Sharing Alliance (RSA) catalog, as well as OCLC’s OCLC Online Union Catalog known as WorldCat, which
includes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories.
Works - Family histories, vital records, church publications, standard
reference works, and society quarterlies.
on Material and Popular Culture, Intellectual, Technical, and Social History -
Cookbooks, works on etiquette, housekeeping, architecture, folklore, medicine,
women, education, and transportation.
and Annuals - City and rural directories; junior high, high school and college
yearbooks; and directories of professional, social, and religious
by McLean County Authors - Sizable collection of published works by McLean
County residents, including Rachael Crothers, Harold Sinclair, Jerry Sohl,
Wilson Tucker and many others.
Histories - Includes histories of Civil War regiments associated with McLean
County, as well as works relating to earlier and later conflicts.
- Works pertaining to the lives and careers of McLean County or Central
Illinois residents, as well as biographical compendiums.
Works - Biographies and specialized studies, as well as works relating to
Lincoln's manifold legal, political, and personal ties to McLean County.
Works - Sermons by McLean County residents, hymnals used by various religious
sects in McLean County, Roman Catholic missals and prayer books, and Bibles
owned by local families.
Agricultural Works - Works on nineteenth-century
American agriculture, including works referencing practices and techniques
relevant to McLean County.