The Archive Reading Room, located in the lower level of the museum, provides an excellent environment for researchers interested in Geneva history. With staff assistance, visitors can access thousands of documents, photographs, maps and reference materials to research family genealogy, building/property information and businesses.

Research is available by appointment only after a Research Request Form is submitted. Email the form to or drop it off at the Museum. You will be contacted within two weeks with a list of possible holdings pertaining to your search.

The Geneva History Museum holds an extensive array of historic photographs pertaining to Geneva including buildings, people and places. Photographic reprints are available for purchase in both our Gift Shop and by special order. All image requests must be in writing, please complete a Research Request Form to indicate detailed information about the subject or location of the photograph you are requesting.  Reproductions are provided under license agreement for purposes as indicated in writing by the user and agreed upon by the museum. Refer to our Image Reproduction Fees.

The Kane County Genealogical Society (KCGS) has an office in the lower level of the museum and offers research by appointment on Thursday afternoons. Contact a KCGS volunteer at:

Kane County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 504

Geneva, IL 60134

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