References during the talk: Searching for Gold in Online (and Offline) Archives available to access at the Highland Park Library

Digital Public Library of America:

Find A Grave:

Free Optical Character Recognition (OCR)


Highland Park Historical Society

  • com/podcasts/ – access to podcasts of programs
  • org – access to local archives (works best with Chrome web browser)

Highland Park Public Library, Archives and Local History –

  • Archives and Local History Collections catalog
  • Illinois Digital Archives
  • Index to Local History Files
  • Highland Park Newspaper Index
  • Highland Park Obituary Index
  • Highland Park Local Newspapers Digital copies of local newspapers from 1874 – 1951
  • Historical Photos on Flickr Early photos of Highland Park from the Library’s Historical Files
  • Jesse Lowe Smith Diaries (1888 – 1934)
  • Jesse Lowe Smith Photo Collection
  • Telephone Directories (1908 – 1913)
  • Civil War Veterans
  • “Highland Park Number” Real Estate and Building Journal, January 2, 1909 (incomplete)
  • Historical Sketch of Highland Park From the Highland Park Code of 1919
  • Notes on History of Highland Park, Illinois Published by the North Shore Chapter of the D.A.R. 1920
  • Deerfield-Shields and Highland Park High School Annuals 1912-1935 Funded by the Friends of the Library
  • How to Research Your Highland Park House

Illinois Digital Archives –

  • High school yearbooks

Library of Congress subject headings  –

National Archives –