Illinois Digital Archives is the library's online archive of historical Elgin photographs. The Gail Borden Public Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes, not for commercial use. The library requests that viewers acknowledge the Illinois Digital Archives and the Gail Borden Public Library when using an image from this site. For further questions, please contact Alissa Medows at 847-429-6790 or

Collection: Gail Borden Public Library

Gail Borden Public Library on Spring Street, Elgin, ILCollection of photographs of the Gail Borden Public Library from its location on Spring Street to its building at 270 N. Grove Avenue.

Collection: Elgin Area History

Views of Old ElginCollection of photographs and postcards related to the history of the Elgin area. Includes topics such as Sears houses in the area, the tornado of 1920, the Elgin Watch factory, and the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane.

Collection: Watch Word

Watch WordThe Watch Word magazine chronicled personal stories, photos, company history, engineering successes and local businesses for employees of the Elgin National Watch Company, a leading Elgin employer for over one hundred years.