The Des Plaines History Center collects historic objects and documents to preserve, research, and interpret Des Plaines' past. We use collections in creating exhibits and public programs. If you want to give material to our collections please read our page on donations. Check out our online collections on the Des Plaines Memory website (in cooperation with the Des Plaines Public Library).
The History Center's collections are open for all people performing historical research on topics in Des Plaines history. There is an access fee for non-members. It is best to review our holdings and policies in the early stages of your project.
Please make an appointment with staff/volunteers before coming to do your research.
The Des Plaines History Center and the Des Plaines Public Library have joined resources to make both institutions' historic collections available online through the Des Plaines Memory website. Here, you can browse our contributions or share your own family's history without losing ownership of your material.