Local History

Wheaton History

Find city histories, biographies of Wheaton people, old maps, telephone directories, high school yearbooks, and newspaper clippings in the Genalogy section on the 2nd floor.

Books about Wheaton
High School Yearbooks & Newsletters

DuPage County History

County histories, town histories, historical guides and plat map books show DuPage County’s past in varying ways and eras.

Books about DuPage County

Bird’s-Eye View of Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois 1882

This map was printed by lithographers Adam Beck and Clemens J. Pauli in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and published by J. J. Stoner of Madison, Wisconsin. It looks northeast and includes an index to points of interest.

The bird’s-eye view map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as panoramic maps, perspective maps, and aero views, bird's-eye views are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective. (Library of Congress)

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Aerial Map of Wheaton 1906

Photographer George R. Lawrence (1869-1938) captured this panoramic view of Wheaton in 1906 with a system he designed called the Captive Airship. Large-format cameras were suspended from unmanned kites and flown in connected lines which kept the cameras steady against varying wind conditions. The photo was taken from a vantage point approximately in the location of today’s Wheaton Center towers looking east in December 1906.

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