The Daily Herald is the largest financially successful newspaper in the state of Illinois. Published by Paddock Publications at Arlington Heights, the various editions of the paper cover much of the northeast section of the state outside of Chicago. The entire history of suburban Chicago is written in the pages of this newspaper. Locked within those pages is a record of nearly every newsworthy person, place or thing in our part of the world.
This record is indispensable to those searching for clues to the past. Unfortunately a number of fires are said to have destroyed the earliest editions, namely those from 1872 to 1900. From 1901 forward the Paddock family has taken great pains to preserve a record of the paper for future generations. The entire corpus has been photographed and placed on microfilm. Positive copies of the microfilm can be viewed at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and the Palatine Public Library. The three thousand rolls of microfilm cover the years from 1901 to the present.
One can also view the Daily Herald by subscribing to newspaperarchive.com. This website also contains almost every word ever printed by the paper, but can also be searched word for word. It is extremely useful for genealogists, historians and searchers of every stripe.
Another resource is the Daily Herald Index. Compiled by David Hammer and published by the Palatine Historical Society, the Index quickly guides the user to articles pertaining to the subject at hand. The second edition covers the years from 1901 to 1960. It is a set of two hardbound volumes and is owned by many local suburban libraries. Keep in mind that Paddock Publications occasionally experiences technical difficulties with the online version and you may have to try several times throughout the day to connect to it.
The Society will publish the third edition of the Daily Herald Index later this year. It will cover the years from 1901 to 1980 and be many volumes long. Stay tuned.