Online Resources

There are many online resources for researching and exploring the history of St. Clair County. Check back here often for additions and updates.


These free full-text books on various topics in St. Clair County’s history are available for you to read on your computer, mobile device or to print. They are in a number of formats including PDF. The books are in the public domain because their copyrights have expired.

Online Archive

You can view the follow resources on our website by clicking the one of the following links

History of St. Clair County, Illinois, 2 vols. Brink, McDonough and Company, 1881.

History of Illinois, J. Nick Perrin, 1906.

Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790, Clarence W. Alvord.

Centennial History of McKendree College (includes a history of St. Clair County), William Clarence Walton, 1928.

Book of Words of the Pageant of St. Clair County, Thomas Wood Stevens, 1914.

Prairie Farmer’s Directory of St. Clair and Monroe Counties, 1919.

The Jewel of Cahokia,J. Nick Perrin, 1936.

A History of Belleville, Alvin L. Nebelsick.

My Own Times, John Reynolds, 1855.

books in other formats

Illinois in 1818, Solon J. Buck, 1917.