The Glen Ellyn Center for Historical Research is maintained by the Archives Committee of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society at 800 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn for the benefit of those who are interested in studying the history of our Village. Visitors will find a variety of materials telling the story of Glen Ellyn and its development, including photos, real estate records, books, and box collections of memorabilia, to name a few. Village residents can research their house histories, early Glen Ellyn families and surnames. Students and researchers may find a wide range of topics such as suburban community studies, local government development and family life.
The archival collections give primary emphasis to local Glen Ellyn history, but also include material on neighboring communities, DuPage County and the Chicagoland area history.
Location and hours
The Glen Ellyn Center for Historical Research is located in the History Center, at 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The History Center is just south of Stacy’s Tavern Museum. Ample parking is available.
Members of the Archives Committee are available for assistance every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. To make an appointment or for general questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 790‑9670.
- Varied genealogical resources such as interment records for Forest Hill Cemetery, lineage records for early Glen Ellyn families
- Growing photograph collection
- Early bound volumes of the Glen Ellyn News
- Yearbooks from Glenbard West High School and Glenbard South High School
- Early DuPage County Atlases
- Glen Ellyn phone books beginning in the 1920s
- Local community history books
- Real estate records
- Obituary file
- Vertical file
- Map collection
- Box collections
- Municipal codes for 1929–1949, 1953 and 1965
- Individual search/reference assistance
- Referral to and networking with other local history sources
- Access to archival collections, photo processing, computer research assistance
User Fees for Large Scanner: Members of the general public or GEHS members may use the scanning facility for limited or long term projects. User fees are based on the type and scope of the scanning project and begin at the $20 level. Fees for larger and on-going projects are based on a membership in the Glen Digi Center (GDC). Fees and annual dues (calendar year) may apply. Interested parties are invited to make an appointment at the History Center (800 North Main Street) on Wednesdays from 1:30–4 p.m.. To arrange an appointment at a different time, contact the archives via email at email@example.com.
The archive staff is also available to answer phone calls every Wednesday from 1:30–4 p.m. Call the Center for Historical Research (the archives) at 630–790-9670.
The Glen Ellyn Historical Society has adopted the following criteria for the recognition and plaquing of historically and/or architecturally significant structures in Glen Ellyn. The word “structure” refers to various types of buildings, e.g., houses, churches, stores and schools. If you think you’re house is 80 years old, it may qualify for a plaque from the Glen Ellyn Historical Society. Call 630–790-9670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on fees and how to proceed.
Please visit our Plaqued Houses Brochure.