About this collection

Digitization of Skokie Fair Housing Collection

Skokie Public Library is responsible for digitizing the documents in this digital collection, for the purposes of both preservation and ease of access.

The work of scanning and descriptive metadata production was done by Skokie Public Library Digital Collections librarian, volunteers, and library school students from the Spring of 2016 to the Fall of 2017. 

Scanning and file information

Documents were scanned at 400 dpi using an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner. Most documents were scanned in 16-bit grayscale or 24-bit color, depending on the condition of the original document, and saved as individual TIFF files in accordance with current digital archive best practices. We retain the TIFF files for long-term digital storage, but due to their large file size, we do not provide access to them online. Instead, the TIFF files were converted to PDF files. If a document comprised multiple pages, these pages were digitally bound into a single PDF file. 

Following this digitization process, descriptive metadata was created for each item, which was then uploaded into the Omeka content management system, the interface used to browse, search, and view the collection.

The original physical documents belong to and are stored by the Skokie Historical Society.


The documents in this collection were created by many different authors and organizations. 

The majority of the documents in this digital archive and exhibit originated from the late Donald P. Perille, who donated them to the Skokie Historical Society for preservation and to the Skokie Public Library in January 2016, for the purposes of digitization. The remainder of the documents were part of the Skokie Historical Society’s existing collection.

If you have further information or concerns about this material, please contact our Digital Collections Librarian.