Collection Overview

Artifacts in the Elmhurst History Museum Collection

The Elmhurst History Museum cares for more than 15,000 artifacts in its permanent collection including furniture, textiles, decorative arts, paintings and other items from the everyday life of Elmhurst residents or related to Elmhurst history. Additionally, the Elmhurst History Museum manuscript collection is comprised of photographs, correspondence, business files, maps, personal papers, and organizational records. The Museum’s research room provides many resources for genealogical, house, and family research.

Collection Policy

A museum's collection policy is the foundation of any collecting historical institution—it dictates the mission of the museum and the scope of its collection. The foundation for the EHM collection policy follows procedures from the most recent edition of Museum Registration Methods, published by the American Alliance of Museums.

  • Download the Elmhurst History Museum's Collection Policy (2015).

Search EHM's Digital Collection On E-hive

The Elmhurst History Museum is pleased to announce an exciting new feature on our web site! It's now possible to search our digital collection with a web-based tool known as E-Hive. Currently, a portion of the EHM collection is available for online viewing as we continue the ongoing process of digitizing our collection. New items will be added to this searchable database on an ongoing basis, so please check E-hive often to view additional images.

Order Photos From Our Archives

Photos from our Collection are available for use/reproduction by permission and upon payment of appropriate fees. Download our Photo Order Form here: