Now Available: Chicago Literary Archive

Spotted via a paywalled Chicago Tribune article: Chicago Literary Archive. “The Chicago Literary Archive is an independent, open-source research guide to Chicago’s literary, printing, and publishing history from 1837 to today. Founded by Adam Morgan in 2021, the CLA is viewable and editable by anyone interested in Chicago literature. To add your own research, all you need is a WordPress account and an invitation.”

Chicago Tribune: Column: Library’s digital archives of Blue Island newspaper will soon provide a glimpse into south suburb’s roots

Chicago Tribune: Column: Library’s digital archives of Blue Island newspaper will soon provide a glimpse into south suburb’s roots. “The Blue Island Public Library is finishing up a grant-funded digitization project that will soon allow public access to editions of the Sun-Standard newspaper from 1911 to 1990 and provide a valuable resource for genealogists, researchers and homeowners. The pages offer a glimpse into the rich history of Blue Island and other south suburban communities. The newspaper chronicled government, crime and other news, but also told stories of everyday life among neighbors.”

They saw history’: Unseen Pantagraph photos published (The Pantagraph)

The Pantagraph: They saw history’: Unseen Pantagraph photos published. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, Central Illinois has regained hundreds of books’ worth of history. Nearly 37,000 photos, many never before published, taken by Pantagraph photographers in the early part of the 20th century are now available to everyone with an internet connection, digitally restored and preserved for the foreseeable future.”

You say Cairo, I say Cairo: New online resource provides audio pronunciation of Illinois places and landmarks (Illinois Aces)

Illinois Aces: You say Cairo, I say Cairo: New online resource provides audio pronunciation of Illinois places and landmarks. “A University of Illinois agricultural communications researcher and her students have created an online resource that offers proper audio pronunciation examples of places and landmarks across the state of Illinois. The tool was designed not only for broadcasters or news anchors, but for anyone publicly speaking about places in Illinois. And, of course, those curious about Illinois will also enjoy using the tool.”

Effingham Daily News: Illinois cultural journalism collection now available for free in Digital Public Library

Effingham Daily News: Illinois cultural journalism collection now available for free in Digital Public Library. “The complete contents of a south-central Illinois cultural journalism project, ‘Tales from the General Store,’ is now available at no cost in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). In the tradition of Foxfire, the Tales project was created by author and now-retired educator Ray Elliott to provide the opportunity for high school and college students to learn about journalism through hands-on experience in interviewing and writing about people from rural Illinois who lived and worked during the early part of the 20th century when general stores were at the heart of small, tight-knit communities. In addition to the educational student benefit, these stories have helped to preserve some of the history and culture of this era in Illinois for the public.”

University of Chicago: Decades of South Side Home Movies to be Released in Digital Archive

University of Chicago: Decades of South Side Home Movies to be Released in Digital Archive. “Over 200 home movies, spanning more than half a century of South Side visual history, will be available to view online beginning May 1, 2018. The new South Side Home Movie Project Digital Archive is a globally accessible online portal to home movies shot by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods from 1929-1982. This contemporary platform provides access to the entire collection of digitized home movies archived by the South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP).”