Research

Collections
Through the generosity of individuals, businesses and estates, each year new artifacts are added to the permanent collection. These donations assist the Geneva History Museum to collect, preserve and exhibit significant materials to share Geneva’s story with future generations.

Archives

The Archive Reading Room, located in the lower level of the museum, provides an excellent environment for researchers interested in Geneva history. With staff assistance, visitors can access thousands of documents, photographs, maps, and reference materials to research family genealogy, building/property information and businesses.

Research is available by appointment only after a Research Request Form is submitted. Email the form to curator@genevahistorymuseum.org or drop it off at the Museum. You will be contacted within two weeks with a list of possible holdings pertaining to your search.

Historic Photographs

The Geneva History Museum holds an extensive array of historic photographs pertaining to Geneva including buildings, people and places. Photographic reprints are available for purchase in both our Gift Shop and by special order. All image requests must be in writing, please complete a Research Request Form to indicate detailed information about the subject or location of the photograph you are requesting. Reproductions are provided under license agreement for purposes as indicated in writing by the user and agreed upon by the museum. Refer to our Image Reproduction Fees.

Scope of Collections

The Geneva History Museum collects artifacts that highlight Geneva’s history including materials…
• Produced or used in Geneva
• Pertaining to a property, business or residence in Geneva
• Possessions of longtime Geneva residents

Artifact Donation

If you have an item, photograph or document that you believe would enhance the Geneva History Museum collection, please bring it to the Museum along with a completed Artifact Donation Form including a description of your proposed donation. If the item is unable to be dropped off for review, please include a photograph and measurements.

Submissions may also be made via email to our Curator of Collections at curator@genevahistorymuseum.org

KANE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
The Kane County Genealogical Society (KCGS) has an office in the lower level of the museum and offers research by appointment on Thursday afternoons. Contact a KCGS volunteer at:

Kane County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 504
Geneva, IL 60134
kcgsinfo@gmail.com

Belong to Geneva's Story

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