Donating to the collections
The Jesse Lowe Smith Historical Room was established in 1934 and contains thousands of documents donated by organizations and families through the years. Researchers from around the world have studied these records to understand the history of the community, its businesses, schools, organizations, religious life and social events.
Your personal and family records provide vital and unique information about the history of local families and the community. Please consider a donation of the following types of materials:
Personal and Family Papers
Letters, diaries, scrapbooks/albums, memoirs/ reminiscences, photographs, legal documents, awards, certificates, and diplomas, brochures, flyers, and invitations, films, videotapes and audiotapes and genealogical information.
Articles of incorporation / constitution / bylaws, correspondence, planning documents, architectural records, minutes of meetings, reports, newsletters, directories, financial documents, and membership records.
We know these materials are important to you. If you’d like to retain the original documents, Library staff may be able to scan digital copies.
For more information, please contact Laurie Skinner, 847/432-0216 ext. 207 or via email at email@example.com