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Digital Projects

With the advancement of digital projects, a whole new world of scholarship is brought to your desktop. Illinois Harvest broadens our digital collections with digitized and born-digital materials about Illinois as well as materials created by Illinois scholars. Or maybe you would like to peruse the Illinois Air Photo Imagebase of aerial photographs of Illinois taken between 1935-1955. The Slavic and East European Library also brings several digital initiatives to the community. Are you a faculty or student interested in the preservation of your scholarship? Take a look at Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS). Be sure to check out the comprehensive listing of the Library's digital projects.

Special Collections

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign is one of the largest repositories for rare books and manuscripts in the United States. The collections—nearly half a million volumes and three kilometers worth of manuscript material—are strong in the areas of literature, history, art, theology, philosophy, technology, and the natural sciences. Particular strengths lie in early printing (over 1100 incunabula) and imprints from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with English literature, works by Shakespeare, various important editions of the Bible, and renaissance school books standing out as distinctive and deep collections. Also noteworthy are collections in the history of science and technology, emblem books,  the history of economics, and works by and about John Milton.  A special emphasis of the Library’s collections is drama, from neo-Latin plays, Italian baroque drama, Elizabethan and Jacobean playbooks, to twentieth-century set and costume design.  Modern literary archival material housed in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library include papers of H.G. Wells, Carl Sandburg, and W.S. Merwin, letters of Marcel Proust, and various archival collections associated with such figures as Anthony Trollope, John Ruskin, Grant Richards, William Allingham, Richard Bentley, Benjamin Disraeli, Lewis Carroll, and John Richardson among others.

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