State Archives Show Off '100 Most Valuable Documents' For Bicentennial

Aug 27, 2018

The Illinois State Archives is celebrating the state's bicentennial with an online exhibit of its most valuable documents.

Director David Joens says the collection includes historical touchstones. That includes four state constitutions and the state’s first women’s suffrage law.  There are also more cultural items.

"The last document is one that is near and dear to my heart, document number 100, because it’s a house resolution talking about Ben Zobrist and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016," Joens said.

Also among the documents is a humorously worded veto by former Gov. Adlai Stevenson.

"He vetoed it with a particularly, kind of a funny message on why cats shouldn’t be on leashes, and it really speaks to who Adlai Stevenson is," Joens said. 

The exhibit is meant to celebrate Illinois history in time for the bicentennial, and features all 100 documents on the Secretary of State’s website. The office will also promote one on twitter each day until December 3, the day Illinois became a state.