Local History Collections
The Local History Collection is a continually growing series of documents, catalogs, photos, news clippings, articles and other publications that tell the story of Galesburg's development and the College that started it all.
From the beginning to the events of just yesterday, the Local History Collection contains accounts of happenings in and around Knox County, with special attention to people, buildings, business and industries. Vintage photos, rare publications and pioneer accounts make this unique collection a valuable resource to local history researchers. Topics of local interest are often the subject of exhibits on campus and online.
Subject headings in the Local History Collection
Information and documents on the founding of Knox College and Galesburg
Some information from the Special Collections and Archives related to Galesburg and Knox County history is presented online. Please contact the staff in the Special Collections and Archives with specific questions about your research in local history.
Official Program: Galesburg-Knox College Centenary, 1937 (pdf)
Pioneer Honor Roll: A Pioneer Who's Who
Jerusha & Eli Farnham and the Loomis-Farnham Collection
Log City Days; Two narratives on the settlement of Galesburg, Illinois (pdf)
Knox County in the military
A review of the commerce, manufactures, and the public & private improvements of Galesburg: containing a brief history of Knox college and sketches of the first settlement of the town. Compiled and written by C.J. Sellon, Galesburg: J. Sherman, 1857.
Brief Reading List for Galesburg and Knox County History
Missionaries and Muckrakers: The First Hundred Years of Knox College, Hermann R. Muelder, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, 1984.
Fighters for Freedom: A History of Anti-Slavery Activities of Men and Women Associated with Knox College, Hermann R. Muelder, Columbia University Press, New York, 1959.
They Broke the Prairie, Ernest E. Calkins, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, 1989. First published for the Galesburg Centenary in 1937, They Broke the Prairie was reissued in 1989 with an introduction by Rodney O. Davis, Knox College professor of history emeritus and currently co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox.