National Archives-Great Lakes Region’s “First Saturday” Research Hours Extended Through April 2007

NARA-Great Lakes Region, Chicago, IllinoisHistory students, teachers, professional historians, local history buffs who can’t take off from work, and genealogists throughout the Midwest have a new opportunity.  The National Archives and Records Administration – Great Lakes Region, at 7358 South Pulaski Road in Chicago, now offers public research hours on the first Saturday of every month.  Researchers will be able to examine original historical documents of the United States Government and microfilm copies of commonly used federal records, such as the 1790-1930 census schedules and the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau, from 8:00 AM through 4:15 PM on the first Saturday of every month.

The National Archives, keeper of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, has 12 regional offices that preserve and make available for public viewing the historical documents created by the Federal courts and U.S. Government agencies.  The National Archives and Records Administration’s Great Lakes Region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and preserves historical records from Federal courts and agencies in those six states from 1800 through the 1990s.  Historical records are open for public research use by persons age 14 and older.  Students younger than 14 may also visit to conduct historical research with an adult accompanying them.  Public research hours continue to be offered Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM -4:15 PM.

Public research hours on the first Saturday will be offered at least through April 2007.  Researchers are invited to visit the National Archives-Great Lakes Region on these Saturdays through the end of 2006:

  • August 5, 2006
  • September 2, 2006
  • October 7, 2006
  • November 4, 2006
  • December 2, 2006
  • January 6, 2007
  • February 3, 2007
  • March 3, 2007
  • April 7, 2007

Bring a friend or neighbor with you and visit us – a national treasure within the local setting of Chicago!  Our building is located one block west of Pulaski Road on 75th Street, just north of Richard J. Daley City College.  For more information, call Denis Paskauskas, Assistant Regional Administrator, at 773-948-9001 or contact him at

National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region
7358 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60629-5898
(773) 948-9001

3 thoughts on “National Archives-Great Lakes Region’s “First Saturday” Research Hours Extended Through April 2007

  1. Since I live in the northernmost part of WI, would it be possible for you to send info on what records you have, regular hours, and any other pertinent info in order for me to make a successful trip down to do genealogy research.
    Mrs. Diane Egan, P. O. Box 97, Boulder Junction, WI 54512
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Are these films and records available through Interlibrary loan. thanks, Catherine Dorsey

  3. Following the provided links is advisable. NARA archives are open to the public even if you are not able to go directly to their branches. You may search online at their websites or send the information you have, providing you do have a significant amount of specific information and a specific request, and they will research their records for, say an example is a merchant marine record. They have virtually any federal record. Asking them to list it on this blog is a bit unreal.

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