Reference Services

The Elmhurst History Museum's Research Room and Library is dedicated to patrons who are interested in learning more about Elmhurst history. Whether you have questions about ancestors, the history of your house, or are curious about Elmhurst history in general -- the reference services staff is at your service by appointment. The Research Room's library of books, microfiche, and archives offer many resources to find the answers to these questions and more.


Patrons interested in researching their homes, family or business history, and local Elmhurst history come to us as a valued community resource. Some of the many tools available are:

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
  • Biography files
  • Cemetery and funeral records
  • Census records
  • Vital Statistics records
  • Church records
  • Approximately 15,000 photographs
  • Manuscript collection
  • City of Elmhurst directories
  • Telephone books

Photo Orders

Follow the links below for more information on ordering photos from our collection and to view our online photo collection.