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Like two hustling trains on parallel tracks, the University Archives and the University of Illinois Alumni Association have pursued their destinations side by side. Now, a new agreement will put the two entities on the same line in complementary missio …

In a year in which the University of Illinois gave a nod to history, it also heralded its historians. In June, as part of its Sesquicentennial Celebration, the campus accorded its highest honor— the Chancellor’s Medallion—to three men critical to safeg …

Bill Mischo, head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, assumed the position of interim university librarian on February 18. Mischo came highly recommended by Dean Wilkin. Former Provost Edward Feser agreed, saying, “Bill’s many terms …

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As a University of Illinois graduate student, Carla Barnwell had her own study carrel in the Main Library stacks—and she  relished the environment. “I loved being surrounded by books,” the retired biology teacher said. “It’s an environment that’s reall …

I was in grade school the first time I was taken into the Library, by a family friend. I remember that we discovered the first issue of 'Life' magazine, which seemed to me of incalculable antiquity. For many months in the mid-60s, I returned to the archives for a University Centennial project, paging through a century of back issues of the 'Daily Illini' to compile ‘An Illini Century,’ a centennial memory of undergraduate life. It was an exciting time; I had the feeling that I might find most anything in those pages, and I did—from Lorado Taft’s farewell to Urbana to Red Grange selling his car in the classified ads.

— Roger Ebert

BS, 1964