Plainfield Public Library District

Local History & Genealogy Collection


Plainfield Tornado Collection

First-person accounts, stories, interviews and photos of the devastating F5 tornado that ripped through Oswego, Plainfield, Joliet and Crest Hill on August 28, 1990.

Plainfield Library History

Documents and photos representing the
history of the Plainfield Public Library District from its lending library roots in the 1890s to the present.

Digital Collections

Private family scrapbooks, photos, letters, diaries and postcards loaned to the Plainfield Library for digitization and preservation.

Local History Collection

Books, maps, phone directories, county histories and photos documenting the history of Plainfield and the surrounding communities.

Will County Preserving History’s Heritage

Collections scanned through a 2009 Illinois State Library digitization grant. Collections include the Miles V. Hartong Glass Plate Negative Collection, Shorewood Sentinel newsletters, Will County Recorder of Deeds Indexes from 1835-1885 and Will County Atlases from 1873 and 1909-1910.

Military Records

Photos, documents and memorabilia digitized in conjunction with recorded interviews with local veterans by Plainfield Television as part of the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s Oral History Project.

Online Resources


History Resources 

Local History Resources