Distinguished Historian and Professor Emeritus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Copyright © Winton Solberg. Used with permission.
Date of Speech - March 14, 2003.
Length of Speech - 1 hr 10 min
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The Library Colloquium Committee presents Dr. Winton Solberg, professor emeritus of the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Solberg will speak about his book The University of Illinois, 1894-1904
About the Presentation:
Professor Solberg's lecture covers the development of the University Library, focusing on the period 1904-1920. His historical overview begins with the Edmond James' administration and the challenges confronted during the beginning of the 1920s. Prof. Solberg discusses how the Library arose from its early beginnings to be a first class library. University of Illinois President James' motto was that "an excellent library as well as an excellent faculty are inseparably related." Prof. Solberg highlighted James' ideas to follow the model of German universities "to advance public welfare." Prof. Solberg also delved into how the collections expanded under various Library administrations.