Sangamon Valley Collection

The Sangamon Valley Collection (SVC), located on the third floor of Lincoln Library, provides in-depth resources for the study of Springfield, Illinois, Sangamon County and the eleven adjacent counties. The collection, established in 1970, contains materials from the past and present. The Sangamon Valley Collection closes at 1 p.m. on Fridays. Regular library hours are observed all other days.

Items Available | Digital Collection | Manuscripts & Microfilms | Internet Resources | Databases


Items Available

  • Photographs
  • City and county directories
  • High school yearbooks
  • City and county documents
  • Long-range planning reports and surveys
  • Histories
  • Maps

Staff maintains a computer index of the State Journal-Register and the Illinois Times back to 1981.  Articles of local interest are indexed. Search the index

SVC is a favorite haunt of genealogists who use the extensive Sangamon County Obituary File.  Genealogical materials are not limited to the local area.  For example, family histories from Virginia and German immigrant passenger lists can be found. Copying and mailing obituaries to out-of-area customers costs $2.00.

Scanning photographs from the SVC collection costs $1.00 per image. There is a limit of 10 images per request.

SVC is a reference collection; materials may not be checked out, but must be used in the library.

For more information, phone 217-753-4900 extension 234 or TDD 217-753-4947.

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Manuscripts & Microfilms

The Sangamon Valley Collection owns a number of unique collections of materials. No materials in these collections are available for circulation.

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Internet Resources

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The below databases were selected as of special interest for the Sangamon Valley Collection. Also check out Lincoln Library's Electronic Resources, which includes both databases and websites sorted by topic.

Home use allowed with Lincoln Library card:

America's Newspapers
Search full-text local, regional, and national news in Chicago Sun-Times, Peoria Journal Star, and more.
America's Obituaries & Death Notices
Comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices in Newsbank.
Census data, family records & local histories.
The State Journal-Register
Search full-text local news in The State Journal-Register from 1842-1949 & 1985 - Current.

For use at Lincoln Library only:

Ancestry Library Edition
One of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection has more than 4,000 databases and two billion names.

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