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Local History Room

The Decatur Public Library is dedicated to preserving the history of the Decatur and Macon County.

The Local History Room is valuable to everyone! Decatur residents interested in learning more about their hometown can access photographs, old school yearbooks, and articles from the local newspaper database. Patrons from out of state can contact the Local History Room about ancestry information. And local companies can submit artifact to be added to the ever growing collection. What a prized tool to all of our patrons either in Decatur or throughout the country.

About the Local History Room Collection

Emphasis is placed on documenting the creation of city and county government, settlement, industry, commerce, education, recreation, and historically significant individuals as well as the history of civic, religious, cultural and social organizations. The collection includes, but is not limited to, published books, photographs, government documents or facsimiles, maps, manuscripts, pamphlets, newspapers, serials, audio-visual materials, institutional or organization records, and scrapbooks of historical materials that relate to Decatur and its environs. Found in the collection in various physical formats are: organization minutes, letters, yearbooks, periodicals, newsletters, demographic information, city directories, phonebooks, reports, studies, plans, obituaries, local histories, maps and plats, and images.

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Room Resources

Stop into the Local History Room to check out all the great resources we have to offer!

Hours of Operation

The Local History Room is open to the public for research during the following hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday-Friday: 10-5
  • Tuesday 10-6
  • Saturday 10-3
  • Sunday Closed

The room is staffed primarily by volunteers, so calling ahead is highly recommended because the hours cannot always be guaranteed. Appointments are always welcome, though not necessary. If you wish to make an appointment, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance to give the staff time to prepare for your arrival.

Making Requests

If you are unable to visit in person, you can make requests for information by mail, email, or phone. Decatur Public Library does charge for requests. Payment can be made by check or money order only (made payable to Decatur Public Library). There is no charge if the requested information cannot be found. The fee is the same whether the material is sent by email or mail. Please see the Local History Fee Schedule for current prices. All prices are subject to change.

Contact Information

Local History Room
Archives and Special Collections Department
Decatur Public Library
130 N. Franklin St.
Decatur, IL 62523

(217) 421-9766

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