Artifacts in the Elmhurst History Museum Collection
The Elmhurst History Museum cares for more than 15,000 artifacts in its permanent collection including furniture, textiles, decorative arts, paintings and other items from the everyday life of Elmhurst residents or related to Elmhurst history. Additionally, the Elmhurst History Museum manuscript collection is comprised of photographs, correspondence, business files, maps, personal papers, and organizational records. The Museum’s research room provides many resources for genealogical, house, and family research.
A museum's collection policy is the foundation of any collecting historical institution—it dictates the mission of the museum and the scope of its collection. The foundation for the EHM collection policy follows procedures from the most recent edition of Museum Registration Methods, published by the American Alliance of Museums.
- View the Elmhurst History Museum's Collection Policy
Search Our Digital Archive
The Elmhurst History Museum has created a digital archive of photographs and manuscripts related to Elmhurst history that is available to patrons at any time. To access the Hub with our digital collection go to our CatalogIt Hub:
Order Photos From Our Archives
High resolution photos from our Collection are available for use/reproduction by permission and upon payment of appropriate fees. Download our Photo Order Form here:
The Elmhurst History Museum's Research Room and Library is dedicated to patrons who are interested in learning more about Elmhurst history. Whether you have questions about ancestors, the history of your house, or are curious about Elmhurst history in general -- the reference services staff is at your service by appointment. The Research Room's library of books, microfiche, and archives offer many resources to find the answers to these questions and more.
Patrons interested in researching their homes, family or business history, and local Elmhurst history come to us as a valued community resource. Some of the many tools available are:
- Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
- Biography files
- Cemetery and funeral records
- Census records
- Vital Statistics records
- Church records
- Approximately 15,000 photographs
- Manuscript collection
- City of Elmhurst directories
- Telephone books
Follow the links below for more information on ordering photos from our collection and to view our online photo collection.