Guide to Wheaton Sources

The research process usually involves using the resources of a variety of places: county, city, and township offices, local museums, and of course, the Wheaton Public Library.

Use the Home History Research File (HHRF), available at the Reference Department, to help determine what information you’d like to search for, and then use this Guide to Wheaton Sources to locate where the information can be found.

Where to find

Land Deeds: DuPage County Recorder’s Office

Historic Tax Records: DuPage County Clerk - Revenue Department

Tax Records: DuPage County Treasurer’s Office

Assessor’s Building Information: Milton Township Office (dates may not be accurate)

City & Telephone Directories: Wheaton Public Library; Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum; online

Cemetery records: Wheaton Public Library; Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum, online

Census Records: Wheaton Public Library; online

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Wheaton Public Library (complete database without color coding), Center for History & DuPage County Historical Museum (some originals)

1882 Bird’s Eye View of Wheaton: Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum

1906 Captive Airship Photo: Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum

Plat & Landowner Maps: Wheaton Public Library; Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum; online

Newspapers: Wheaton Public Library; Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum

Local History Books: Wheaton Public Library; Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum; Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections

Photos: Local history books; Center for History; DuPage County Historical Museum; Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections. Also check with neighbors (especially longtime residents), previous residents, City of Wheaton Building Department (requires FOIA request).

Wheaton Real Estate Records: DuPage County Historical Museum

Wheaton College History: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections

Revised 3/2013