Frankfort Library Archives

The library has archives of its history on location. Materials from the archives can be requested for viewing in-house. See the full listing of our holdings.

Here are some of the more special items you can request.

Arden Acres
By former Frankfort resident Mrs. Jessica Nelson North, a 279 page novel that has come to be known as a "mythical fiction" of Frankfort.

Cemetery Information
Name listings for the following Will County cemeteries:

  • Frankfort Township Cemetery
  • Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
  • Green Garden Methodist Cemetery
  • Peotone Cemetery
  • Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
  • Pleasant Hill Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Saint John Evangelical UCC Cemetery
  • Saint John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery
  • Saint Mary’s Cemetery
  • Saint Peter’s German Evangelical Cemetery
  • Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery
  • Scheer Cemetery
  • Stellwagen Cemetery
  • Twining Cemetery
  • Union Burial Society Cemetery
  • Union Cemetery
  • West Peotone Cemetery
  • Will Presbyterian Cemetery

Centennial Books
Frankfort was founded in 1855 and incorporated in 1879. Learn more about the town, events, and people in this centennial publication.

Civil War Roster - Will County
Contains a list of soldiers from Will County who fought during the Civil War.

Cookbooks
Some say food has the ability to carry one into culture. We have numerous local cookbooks containing recipes some residents have considered worth sharing.

A Day Spent Growing Up in Frankfort
by Frank G. Folkers & A Lambrecht (n.d.)

Family Histories & Biographical Sketches
Includes the Surnames:

  • Conrad
  • Dibell
  • Feil
  • Francis
  • Heussner
  • Kohlhagen
  • Phelps
  • Russell
  • Stuenkel
  • Thompson
  • Van Home

Forty Years Ago!
A contribution to the Early History of Joliet and Will COunty by George II. Wooodruff (1874).

Frankfort News & Other Newsletters
Frankfort Lore, the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, Where the Trails Cross, and more...

FPLD History
On November 12, 1999, the Library held a grand opening to celebrate a new addition built at the West end of the Library. We have more images of this event, and other library history in our archival room.

History of our Town Frankfort
By Debbie Adams (1971)

History of Will County 1878
Full text is available through the Internet Archive.

Neuer Familien Atlas der Welt
New Family Atlas of the World (1891). The map has English text, but text and titles in the margin are in German. Map has light pastel coloring and identifies counties, roads, railroads, important cities and land-forms.

Telephone Books
The earliest telephone directory we have dates to 1924.

This is Will County, Illinois (1955)
A historical narrative with county and township maps and many unique aerial photographs of cities, towns, villages and farmsteads.

Women's Club Scrapbooks and other Club materials
The Women's Club is held in affectionate esteem at the Frankfort Public Library, as they paid rent at the Library's first location on 9 W. Nebraska Street in downtown Frankfort from 1961-1966 before the Library became a tax-supported village library. The Club became established in 1917 and is still active today promoting interest in civic and cultural affairs, as well as the general welfare of the community.