This digital collection contains building permits issued in Chicago between 1872 and 1954. To use the collection, you must know the address of the structure you're looking for. The collection consists of 95 ledger books that were microfilmed and then digitized for online use, along with a card catalog index to the ledgers by address. This guide will show you step-by-step how to navigate the digital collection which includes:
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The web platform used to deliver the collection. Digital Reel mimics a traditional microfilm reader, providing scroll and zoom options through digitized microfilm reels. You will use the digital version of this collection in almost the same way as microfilm.
The street index card card indicates if there is a permit for your address and when it was issued. These cards may also report minor alterations or repairs to a property.
A ledger books are where the permits themselves are recorded.
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