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Books

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Clippings File – In Library Use

Over 700 Subject and House Folders (PDF)


Online Exhibits


Walking Tours

Libertyville’s Historic Milwaukee Avenue


Maps – In Library Use

Sanborn Maps

Map File Inventory (PDF)


Newspapers

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Microfilm

  • Little Fort Porcupine (1845 – 1847 select issues)
  • Waukegan Weekly Gazette (1850 – 1886 select issues)
  • Lake County Independent (February 1894 – April 21, 1916)
  • Libertyville Independent (April 28, 1916 – 1922)
  • Lake County Register (July 4, 1923 – April 1, 1930)
  • Independent-Register (April 3, 1930 – December 1987)
  • The News-Sun (January 1988 – December 1999)
  • Daily Herald (January 1999 – present)
  • Libertyville News (1932-1941)

Browse Online


Obituary Index (1894 – 1999)


Photos, Postcards, Documents

From the Libertyville History Collection of the Illinois Digital Archives


Telephone Books

Online (select years 1913 – 1959)

In Library Use (select years 1913 – 2010)


Yearbooks

Libertyville High School, 1918-present (in library use at Cook Park Library)

Vernon Hills High School, 2001-present (in library use at Aspen Drive Library)


From the Blog

A Courthouse controversy: Libertyville, Waukegan, and the fight for a county seat, 1839-1841.

Libertyville has been home to many Lake County firsts, but did you know it was the first county seat? Through a series of events, including but not limited to surreptitious petitioning and a rather bitter political feud, Libertyville went from a small but upcoming village to county seat, then back to a village. Arriving in… [...]

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