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Collection provided by: Naperville Public Library

 

The Naperville Heritage Collection features books, pictures and films held by Naper Settlement and the Naperville Public Library.  The collection includes telephone directories covering most years from 1909-1960, City Council minutes from 1857-1935, church histories and a number of DuPage County and Naperville history books.

 

Settled by Captain Joseph Naper and his family in June 1831, Naperville, Illinois is the oldest city in DuPage County. It has grown from prairie wilderness to pioneer village to prosperous city through the efforts of its citizens, natural resources, transportation links, and proximity to the city of Chicago. Various celebrations of historic milestones have helped document the growth of the city and its progress. Naperville citizens have taken pride in their civic improvements, schools, libraries, and variety of businesses, churches, and community organizations, while watching their city become the fifth largest in Illinois.

 

For the historian and the genealogist, sources from the Naperville Heritage Collection will help identify land plats, farm families and their descendants, early businesses, development of the Centennial and Sesquicentennial memorial gifts to Naperville, the growth of city services and its three libraries, and listings of early telephone subscribers. Publications for the Home Coming in 1917 and the Centennial in 1931 provide timelines of important events and profiles of prominent citizens and leaders. Naperville celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2006, and looks back to the accomplishments of the Centennial of 1931 and Sesquicentennial of 1981 through books, pamphlets, slides, and films in this collection of sources. A history of DuPage County reveals the role of Joseph Naper and his associates in carving out DuPage County from Cook County in 1839 and establishing Naperville as its first county seat.

 
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