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Fall Semester Hours (8/22-12/16)

Mon.-Thur.: 9:00-7:00
Fri.: 9:00-5:00
Sat.-Sun.: 1:00-5:00

Library Renovations

A few library facilities will undergo renovations which may result in brief closures of—and disruptions within—some departmental libraries and units. For a list of library locations and their contact information, visit

Partition: Histories, Stories, Memories

A lecture by Urvashi Butalia.
Thur., Sept. 22, 7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum.

Conference on Illinois History

The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for October 6-7, 2016, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in downtown Springfield. The conference includes 24 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, archaeology, baseball, historic preservation, race, immigration, and the Civil War.  On-line registration begins on August 30. If you have any further questions, contact Sabrina Manci at 217-524-6045 or

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What's New?

Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 1

Online access to the 36 previously-microfilmed archival collections, including the Records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Bayard Rustin Papers, the Mary McLeod Bethune Papers, the Papers of A. Philip Randolph, the Records of the American Committee on Africa, the Records of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the Records of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, the Claude A. Barnett Papers, and more. More information.

New Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library introduces the new Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection, powered by Veridian. The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection combines 1.2 million pages of digitized newspapers in one freely accessible location. Using Veridian Digital Library software, the IDNC offers a modern and user-friendly way to access unique research tools and engage with the past. The site includes interactive features allowing users to tag articles, correct OCR text, and share on social media. A text correction contest will be announced next month.The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection is available online at

Library Acquires Last Extant Copies of 8 Illinois Newspapers

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library has acquired, through a gift from the Swearingen Memorial Library in Saint Joseph, Illinois, the final, extant copies of 8 local newspapers: the St. Joseph Record, the Olive and Gold, the Ogden Courier, Oakwood Township News, the Homer Herald, the Homer Enterprise, the Homer Chamilion, and the Fairmount Star. The Olive and Gold was the student newspaper of Saint Joseph Community High School. More information.

China, America, and the Pacific: Trade and Cultural Exchange

Ship logs, manuscripts, business records, newspapers, books, maps, realia, ephemera, paintings, photographs, and other illustrative documents, organized around 18 research themes:  Cultural Exchange; Arts and Artifacts; Religion, Faith, and Philosophy; Social Life; Education; Crime; Employment and Labor; Health and Welfare; Race Relations; Travel and Tourism; Exploration and Discovery; The Natural World; Migration and Immigration; Politics, War, and Diplomacy; Trade and Commerce; Regulation and Legislation; Transport and Communication; and Advertising and Consumption.

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