Illinois Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White (D) has announced that a new online database describing the documents and records maintained at the Illinois State Archives is now available.
The database, called Archon, is a searchable finding aid for use in locating important historical information.
“As state archivist, it is my mission to make Illinois records available and as easily accessible as possible,” White said. “With the use of the Internet, individuals can easily search for records held at the Illinois State Archives. I am proud to make these important historical documents easily accessible with the use of this advanced technology.”Comment by Dick Eastman: This new database apparently does not contain any images or transcriptions of original documents. It is strictly a CATALOG of the collections available in the Illinois State Archives. You can search the catalog online but, to obtain copies of the original documents, you will need to contact the Illinois State Archives or travel there yourself.
Archon is an open source archival management system that was developed by archivists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is now used in more than 50 institutions across the country. It provides both a way for staff to record descriptive information about collections and a means for the public to view, search and browse that information in a fully-functional website.
Archon’s public interface shows the most current information that is available to researchers because it is updated automatically once records are received by the Archives. Once information has been entered, it is instantly accessible, searchable and browseable. The new electronic database can be found at http://archon.ilsos.net.
This new electronic database replaces a printed guide called Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the State of Illinois.