Research
Biography & History

 

Here you will find a selection of websites for biographical and historical information.

Local history information includes links to our archives on the Attempted Nazi March of 1977 and 1978 in Skokie and the Skokie History Project, containing a digitized collection of photographs, maps, business cards, and invoices that document the history of Niles Center and Skokie from the early 1800s to the 1990s.

Skokie Public Library also has an extensive collection of books and audio-visual material on all periods of history including a separate Biography collection. Use the Library catalog to search for these items.

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Librarian Recommendations

These article databases and websites have been selected by librarians at Skokie Public Library as outstanding resources and good places to start a search for biographical and historical information.

Web resourceAttempted Nazi March of 1977 and 1978 in Skokie digitized archive

A digitized document collection of newspaper articles about the attempt of the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) to march in Skokie, Illinois in 1978; compiled by Skokie Public Library.

Web resourceDaily Almanac from Infoplease.com

Use this website to find key events that occurred on particular dates in history including birthdates of significant people.

Web resourceEncyclopedia of Chicago

A detailed collection of historical resources including articles, photos, maps, broadsides, and newspapers related to Chicago's colorful and complex history.

History & Genealogy from SkokieNet

A brief history of Skokie and links to other local historical information.

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Biography

Web resourceBiographical Directory of the United States Congress

This database provides biographical information on representatives and senators from 1774 to the present.

Web resourceBiography.com

Biographies of over 20,000 personalities from the Arts & Entertainment Network (A&E).

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardCurrent Biography Illustrated

Current Biography Illustrated provides access to over twenty thousand biographical profiles of celebrities, politicians, business people, writers, actors, sports figures, artists, scientists, and many other notable figures and newsmakers from the 1940's to the present. The biographies, compiled from Current Biographies magazine, average 2,500 words each.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardGale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of more than two hundred full text reference sources for research. Areas covered include Arts, Biography, Business, History, Literature, Medicine, and more. At one time, these reference materials were accessible only in print form from within the Library, but are now available online.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceNobelprize.org

This official Nobel site contains detailed biographies of Nobel laureates.

Web resourceThe Political Graveyard

This website includes brief biographical information for all historical national office holders and key state and local politicians.

Web resourcePresidents' Hall

Courtesy of The White House, this website provides biographical information on the presidents and first ladies of the United States.

Web resourceRULERS

This website contains lists of heads of state and heads of government of all countries and territories. In most cases, information dates back to around 1700.

Web resourceWho's Alive and Who's Dead

Use this site to find out if a celebrity is still breathing.

Web resourceWho2?

Who2? is a biography database that provides key facts about celebrities and historical figures. Available information includes birth and death dates, famous works, notorious trivia, and links to the four best sites for additional detail.

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Dates

Web resourceCalendars through the Ages

This website describes the various calendars currently in use throughout the world and calendars that are no longer used. The site also provides answers to questions about leap years, daylight savings time, names of days of the week, and much more.

Web resourceDaily Almanac from Infoplease.com

Use this website to find key events that occurred on particular dates in history including birthdates of significant people.

Web resourceThose Were The Days: Today in History

For given dates, this website lists significant events, birthdates, and chart-topping music.

Web resourceYear by Year from Infoplease.com

Choose a year in the twentieth century to get key United States and world events, statistics, sports, entertainment, and science information.

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History

Web resourceAlternatime

"Browse the past and some futures" with this collection of links to hundreds historical timelines on the web.

Web resourceBest of History Websites

Developed for students and educators, this site ranks and reviews over 800 history-related websites and sorts them by era.

Web resourceDigital History

Sponsored by the University of Houston, this site contains material to support the teaching of United States history from kindergarten through college with timelines, links, images, biographies, an encyclopedia, and an online textbook.

Web resourceDocuments in Law, History and Diplomacy

From the Avalon Project at Yale Law School, this site contains the text of key documents related to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government from ancient times to the present.

Web resourceHistoryWorld

This site contains an extensive collection of historical information with specialist articles and customizable timelines.

Web resourceHyperHistory.com

HyperHistory offers an extensive color-coded timeline of world historic information going back to prehistory. The site also contains an historical maps section.

Web resourceWorld Statesmen

An encyclopedia of nations, colonies, international and religious organizations, and other polities. Includes country facts, leaders, maps, anthems, flags, and links.

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Local History

Web resourceAt Home in Skokie digitized archive

A collection of architectural drawings, photographs, advertisements, realtor’s postcards, and other materials that document the development of Skokie’s residential architecture and the various stages of suburban development in Skokie in the postwar period of the 20th century. The materials come from the collections of the Skokie Historical Society. They were digitized by Skokie Public Library and the Historical Society, with federal grant funding awarded by the Illinois State Library.

Web resourceAttempted Nazi March of 1977 and 1978 in Skokie digitized archive

A digitized document collection of newspaper articles about the attempt of the National Socialist Party of America (Nazis) to march in Skokie, Illinois in 1978; compiled by Skokie Public Library.

Web resourceChicago Historical Society

This site contains information on the collection, research, and events at the Society and online projects covering famous local people and events.

Web resourceChicago Metro History Fair: History Links

Selected by staff at the Chicago Public Library, this collection of Internet links covers Chicago-area history.

Web resourceDr. Louise Klehm Archives digitized archive

These photographs, letters, and artifacts document the life and career of Dr. Louise Klehm, Skokie's first woman doctor. Dr. Klehm graduated from medical school in 1902, interned at Jane Addam's Hull House, studied surgery in Berlin and Vienna, and finally came home to Skokie to practice medicine. These materials were digitized by Skokie Public Library and the Skokie Historical Society, with federal grant funding awarded by the Illinois State Library and Jesse White, State Librarian.

Web resourceEncyclopedia of Chicago

A detailed collection of historical resources including articles, photos, maps, broadsides, and newspapers related to Chicago's colorful and complex history.

Web resourceHistory & Genealogy from SkokieNet

A brief history of Skokie and links to other local historical information.

Web resourceHistory of Skokie Public Library

View a timeline of significant events in Skokie Public Library's seventy-year history, useful statistics, and resources for further research.

Web resourceJewish Genealogy Resources at Skokie Public Library

Skokie, Illinois is home to a significant Jewish population. This selected list of books, periodicals, and other materials available at Skokie Public Library has been compiled for those in Skokie, and elsewhere, interested in researching their Jewish genealogy.

Web resourceJews in Chicago from Skokie Public Library

This resource list of books and videos available at Skokie Public Library covers Jewish history, life and culture, biography, periodicals, and literary works.

Web resourcePhotographs from the Chicago Daily News

From the Library of Congress's American Memory online project, this collection of over 55,000 images of urban life from the Chicago Daily News spans the years 1902 through 1933. Most of the photographs were taken in Chicago, Illinois, or nearby towns, parks, or athletic fields. In addition to many Chicagoans, the photos feature politicians, actors, athletes, and other prominent people who stopped in Chicago during their travels.

Web resourceSkokie Fire Department History digitized archive

This collection of photographs, documents, and artifacts relates the history of the Skokie Fire Department.  These materials were digitized by Skokie Public Library in conjunction with the Skokie Historical Society and Ron Smith of the Skokie Fire Department, with federal grant funding awarded by the Illinois State Library and Jesse White, State Librarian.

Web resourceSkokie Historical Society

This site includes contact information and an overview of the archives and services available at the Society.

Web resourceSkokie History Project digitized archive

In cooperation with the Skokie Historical Society, Skokie Public Library has digitized a collection of photographs, maps, business cards, and invoices that document the history of Niles Center and Skokie from the early 1800s to the 1990s.

Web resourceSkokie Newspaper Index

The Skokie Public Library newspaper index contains citations to articles which appeared in the Skokie Review (from 1984 to the present), The News (from 1978 to 1984, when it ceased publication), and Life: Skokie edition (from 1978 to October 2004, when it ceased publication). When the full text of an article appears on the newspaper's website, a link is provided from the index to the article. You can also view the full text of indexed articles by consulting back issues of the newspapers found on microfilm in the Library. A card file housed in the Library's reference department contains citations to articles which appeared in Skokie newspapers between 1960 and 1977.

More information about the Skokie Newspaper Index is available online.

Web resourceSkokie Obituary Index

Skokie Public Library maintains an index to obituaries which appeared in Skokie newspapers from 1963 to the present.  Obituaries have been indexed from The News (1963 through 1984), Skokie Review (1981 to the present) and Life: Skokie edition (1981 to October 2004).  Obituaries are searchable by name, or browsable by name or date.

More information about the Skokie Newspaper Index is available online.

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