About this Collection


Greenhouses razed for development, 1926


Church Street Bus, late 1920s


Real estate listing, 1946


House moving, 1956


In 2006, Skokie Public Library, in collaboration with the Skokie Historical Society, received a grant (LSTA Grant Project 07-6021) from the Illinois State Library to digitize material documenting the development of Skokie’s residential architecture. These items include blueprints, architectural drawings, realtor’s postcards, developer’s advertisements, and photographs of homes and subdivisions in various stages of completion.

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Scanning was completed on-site at Skokie Public Library by staff from Backstage Library Works. The photographs and postcards were scanned using an Epson 1640XL flatbed scanner at a resolution of 600dpi. The architectural drawings were scanned using at Better Light 8K-HS overhead scanner at a resolution of 400 dpi. All items were scanned in either an 8-bit grayscale mode or a 24-bit color mode, as appropriate. Master TIFF files were generated and after post-processing and review, full-size JPEG and web-size JPEG files were created for each image.

The images were then added to the Illinois Digital Archive (IDA) and later incorporated into the Skokie History Digitization Project.


Skokie Public Library provides online access to its Digital Collections for research, discovery, lifelong learning, and personal enrichment.

Aside from material produced directly by the library, we do not own the copyright to materials we have included in our digital collections. We aim to determine that information related to copyright and other restrictions in our collections is accurate and we make our digital collections publicly accessible under the following circumstances:

  • We own the copyright or have been given permission by the copyright holder(s) to provide access to the materials.
  • The materials are in the public domain or no longer have copyright restrictions.
  • We have determined that providing access to the digital collection or items within that collection is in accordance with the principles of fair use.

Following best practices for digital collections of historic and cultural materials, the metadata associated with items in our digital collections includes, or will soon include, a standardized rights statement from RightsStatements.org. For the items we have not yet updated, we provided as much rights information as was available at the time of digitization.

We encourage the use of the materials in these collections for research and personal use, but it is the user’s responsibility to secure permission for reproduction rights.

We are interested in hearing from copyright owners who have not been properly identified so that we can update our records. If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material included in our digital collections without your permission, please contact our Digital Collections Librarian. We will remove the material in question from our online collection until we are able to assess the concern.