ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
ROY C. JR. TURNBAUGH
Springfield, IL 62756
THE ILLINOIS STATE Archives, a division of the office of the Illinois Secretary of State, collects and preserves the official records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies that have permanent legal, administrative, or historical value. The Archives was established in 1921 as part of the Illinois State Library but became a separate department in 1957. Margaret Cross Norton was appointed Superintendent of Archives in 1922, and it was through her efforts that the Archives Building was constructed. Located next to the State Capitol and completed in 1938, this stone and brick structure contains twelve levels of stacks and presently houses some 52,900 cubic feet of records. Margaret Norton was one of the pioneers of archives administration in the United States, and she left the Archives on a sound footing when she retired in 1957. Her accomplishments in acquisitions, the compilation of administrative histories, and the use of microfilm, and her success in securing basic public records legislation, underpin current Archives programs.
Several achievements have distinguished the Illinois State Archives since John Daly's appointment as director in 1974. Chief among these have been the publication of finding aids and the implementation of automated systems both for state and for local records. The basic guide to state records is VictoriaIrons (Walch)