Oak Lawn Local History
Meet Jean Crockett!
Hi! My name is Jean Crockett and I am the new Archivist-Local History Librarian for the Local History area on the second floor of the Library. Istarted my new position in July and have been learning a lot about Oak Lawn history. Prior to this, I was the Archivist for Lombard Historical Society in Lombard, Illinois and I also worked in Adult Services at Villa Park Public Library in Villa Park, Illinois. Come up and say “Hi” sometime and share your Oak Lawn stories with me. I look forward to meeting more residents and hearing their stories of growing up and living in this beautiful community.
Explore the Local History Collection
Search the Local History collection online and view more than 21,000 unique items including photos, documents, objects, yearbooks, telephone books and much more!
Oak Lawn Newspaper Index
Check out the Library’s local newspaper index containing more than 87,000 references from 1988-present.
Oak Lawn Obituary Index
Check out the Library’s local obituary index containing references to more than 245,000 obits and death notices from 1985-present.
View digitized microfilm from the Oak Lawn Independent and the Village View newspapers! Issues range from 1933-2014 and are hosted by the Internet Archive.
Oak Lawn History Books
Discover the history of Oak Lawn through the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing! Both titles are available for checkout at the library or copies can be purchased online.
History Spotlight: Early Oak Lawn Postcards
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