Champaign History


Children’s Books

Books for Grown-ups

  • The Answer Book (Local History/917.7366/Ans) published by The News-Gazette, lists some of the famous people with ties to Central Illinois.
  • The Celebrated Traveling Rock of Champaign County: A Tale Based on Real Events, Geological, Biological, and Anthropological (Nonfiction/557.736/Ras) by Marilyn Rasmusen
  • A Century in Pictures (Reference/917.736 Cen) features photographs from The News-Gazette
  • Early History and Pioneers of Champaign County (Biographies/977.366/Mat) by Milton W. Mathews
  • Historic Sites in Champaign-Urbana (977.366/His) published by Illinois Division of Tourism; historic buildings in Champaign and Urbana
  • History in Postcards: Champaign, Urbana, & the University of Illinois (Local History/977.366/Bak) by Willis C. Baker
  • Hot Type: 150 Years of the Best Stories from The News-Gazette (Nonfiction/977.366/Kac) by Tom Kacich
  • Pioneers of Champaign County (Biographies/977.366/Mat) by Milton W. Mathews
  • Urbana: A Pictorial History (Nonfiction/977.366/Bial) by Raymond Bial
  • Historical Map of Champaign County, 1819-1940 (Map Case/His) compiled by M. Eugene Baughman

The Story of Champaign-Urbana


Local author Alice McGinty wrote this history of Champaign-Urbana for us.