Archival Collection

Research Library

The Naper Settlement Research Library contains several hundred volumes pertaining to the history of Naperville, DuPage County, and the State of Illinois, as well as select topics of national interest.

Secondary Source Material

Secondary source material about local history and reference books are available on a variety of topics, including fashion, furniture, antiques, and architecture. In addition, the library contains more than 3,000 files divided into general information or vertical files, family files, address files, and oral history files.

Primary Source Material

Primary source material is preserved and maintained in climate-controlled archives and vault space and can be made available to the researcher by appointment.


Naper Settlement’s library and archive collection are available for research by appointment. Appointments for research may be made by contacting the Curator of Research at 630-305-5259 or