Local History

Historical Collection

For over seventy-five years, Fondulac District Library has collected items significant to the people and history of East Peoria. All of these items are so unique or precious that they can only be viewed in the library. Fondulac District Library’s local history collection is available in its Quiet Reading and Local History Room on the second floor. Bound volumes are browseable, and additional items are available for in-library use. Please inquire at the second floor’s information desk for retrieval of and assistance with these materials. Staff also can assist in locating historical items at other institutions.

The library’s local history collection includes, but is not limited to:

EPOCH (East Peoria High School Yearbooks): 1943-current
Heritage Quest Online
Polk City Directories: 1927-current (some years missing)
Local marriage and cemetery records
Local financial records
East Peoria History scrapbooks and pictures
Centennial History of East Peoria

Ancestry Library Edition
Books on East Peoria, Tazewell County, and Illinois History
East Peoria Centennial Oral History Collection
Local census records
Local area plat books and atlases
Personal histories
Illinois Historical Society Newsletters

Information, memorabilia, and articles associated with local topics have been collected and compiled into files that are available for public access. Please ask a staff member at the second floor information desk for retrieval of and assistance with these files. Available topics include, but are not limited to:

Bluetown
East Peoria Centennial
Caterpillar
Local churches
City Hall officials
Local schools
Eastlight Theater
Eastside Center
Festival of Lights
Illinois Central College
Illinois River
Local politicians

East Peoria Times Courier

Past issues of the East Peoria Times-Courier are available on microfilm.  The microfilm reader is equipped with a photocopier which prints screenshots for 10 cents per page. The newspaper archives (February 2008-present) are accessible to any user on Fondulac District Library’s computers or 24/7 with an Internet-connected computer or device and your Fondulac District Library card number.

Search East Peoria Times Courier  from February 2008 to present.

Collection Protection

Due to irreplaceable value of the Historical Collection, use is restricted.  Patrons may use two items (or one microfilm roll) from the Historical Collection at one time.  Access requires a photo ID or a library card which will be kept at the reference desk with the items’ card until the items are returned.  When materials are requested, staff will retrieve them from the Historical Collection.  These materials must remain on the second floor while being used.  While items from the local history collection may not be checked out, the library has a Scan Station and photocopiers available to make physical and digital copies. To prevent damage, scissors or other cutting utensils may not be present when using historical documents or books.  Please be very careful with pen and pencils when looking at items from the Historical Collection.  No food or drink is allowed when using items from the Historical Collection. If an item is in a protective cover, please ask for assistance from an employee at the reference desk.

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