Research the Collections, Archives, and Library

In addition to presenting Kenilworth’s history through exhibits and programs, the Historical Society preserves the community history by maintaining two and three-dimensional objects, archives and general reference files. The Society has over 1,200 three-dimensional objects and 9 linear feet of photographs that curators utilize to interpret the past. The General Reference files provide information about community groups such as the Garden Clubs, Girl and Boy Scouts, local churches, architectural data and individual homes, including some National Register and Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Records from the Kenilworth Company, the Village, the Joseph Sears School, and the Joseph Sears Family constitute the majority of the Society’s archival holdings. The Library contains a variety of holdings pertaining to Kenilworth, Chicago, Illinois, Gardens, and Historic Preservation.

Researching at KHS

The Kenilworth Historical Society is open to researchers and visitors on Monday and Thursday from 9:00 to 5:00 and by appointment.

To access the Library, Archives, General Reference Files or Photographic Collection please schedule an appointment with the curators by emailing or calling. KHS does allow for unscheduled researchers, however scheduling an appointment ensures we are able to efficiently and effectively assist you during your visit.


Document or photographic loan and duplication requests are reviewed and supervised by the curator.