Rotary began as an idea more than 100 years ago. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary History and Archives is the authority on Rotary's rich, evolving history. Located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, USA, the History and Archives team continues to update and provide access to its collection of tens of thousands of items from all over the world.

Resources for researchers

Visit the Research Rotary page to begin your search.

Presidential gallery

Find photos, quotes, and RI themes in the Gallery of Past Presidents.

Schedule an appointment to visit the History and Archives collection. Call 847-866-3193 or E-mail : history@rotary.org

We rely on your donations to tell Rotary's story. If you would like to donate a piece of Rotary history, please E-mail : history@rotary.org