Detailed inventories of archival collections housed in our onsite archives.
Links to dozens of publications about McLean County history, digitized by the Museum and other institutions
Thanks to a partnership with Bloomington Public Library and intern Noah Tang, local directories from 1855-1920 have been digitized, and are available on the Internet Archive.
Home Town in the Corn Belt
Home Town in the Corn Belt, which debuted in late December 1950, contains 171 articles, including 39 biographical sketches and 52 poems relating to local history by 132 authors (mostly regular local folk).
Articles on various topics, written by Museum Librarian Bill Kemp for the Pantagraph
Black History Project
The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains photographs, portraits, booklets, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community. In 1989, the Black History Project was affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, which now serves as a repository for the project's collections.
Held by the MCMH and digitized by Eastern Illinois University. The Post Amerikan began publication in 1972 in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. An underground, alternative newspaper, it was run collectively by volunteers. It was the longest continuous publication run for any underground newspaper in America.
Links to even more McLean County history online!
Adlai Today examines the references made to Adlai Stevenson II in current issues in news stories. Explore this website to find out more about this inspirational political figure who called Bloomington home.
Addresses use of digital cameras and personal scanners in Library/Archives.
If you want our staff to scan an image from our Archives for personal use, see this document.
If you want our staff to scan an image from our Archives for commercial use, see this document.