Answered By: Rebecca Sedam
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2020     Views: 174

First, take a look at the Chicago Region Research Guide (

Keep reading for additional research advice:

By this point you may have taken a look at the brief Union Stock Yard article in the Encyclopedia of Chicago. It lists two books in its bibliography:

Holt, Glen E.Pacyga, Dominic A.,Chicago: A Historical Guide To The Neighborhoods : The Loop And South Side. [Chicago] : Chicago Historical Society, 1979.

Wade, Louise Carroll. Chicago's Pride: The Stockyards, Packingtown, And Environs In The Nineteenth Century. Urbana : University Of Illinois Press, 1987.

If the Oakton copies are not available (click on the links to find out), you can submit requests for copies through I-Share (See: What is I-Share?)

A keyword search in the Oakton Library Catalog for the phrase "union stock yard" retrieves two additional titles:

Cutler, Irving. Chicago, Metropolis Of The Mid-continent. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2006
NOTE: According to the table of contents included in the catalog record, this has a 2-3 page chapter on the Union Stock yard.

Holland, Robert A. Chicago In Maps: 1612 To 2002. New York : Rizzoli, 2005
NOTE: According to the table of contents included in the catalog record, this book includes "The Union Stock Yards: The Rossiter map."


As the Encyclopedia of Chicago points out, the Union Stock Yard operated between December 25, 1865 and August 1, 1971.  Keep those dates in mind if you decide to search the Chicago Tribune Historical ProQuest database (link available below). You may want to look for articles appearing in the closing days of the Union Stock Yard as these types of pieces tend to take a retrospective approach.

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