Photo Collection

The Society holds thousands of Elgin photographs, including the Elmer Gylleck Collection, the Howard Gusler Collection, and the Courier News Negative Collection with many images from the newspaper from 1936-1985. A searchable index to the Elgin Courier News Negatives Collection is available; the index lists the photos by subject matter.

Search the Courier-News Photo Archives

After locating a photo in the Index, when referencing images please  provide the index number to staff. Museum staff can then locate the photo for you. Photographs may be reproduced, Xeroxed, or scanned. Cost for photo reproduction varies widely for members and non-members.

Before your appointment please:

  • Please contact the museum staff with any questions regarding technology available and images you are interested in.
  • Complete the  image request form with photograph usage policy sheet (PDF)
  • Clarify with staff any special photo requests and/or how many photos you are looking to scan,copy, etc