The Library is Looking For

The following items are needed to enhance collections throughout the University Library. You can purchase one or more items by selecting the “Make a Gift” button. Please specify the specific item(s) under “Special Instructions” when you make your gift online. Or you can call 217-333-5682 to make your gift.

Support for the Image of Research competitions hosted by the Scholarly Commons

NEW! The annual multidisciplinary event, open to graduate and undergraduate students, showcases images that represent the entrants’ research in concrete or abstract form. Monies would provide funding for cash prizes and reception costs. All submissions are then archived by the Library for long-term preservation so students can easily reference their contributions to the university’s research mission—please visit blogs.illinois.edu/view/8858 to view stunning imagery from the 2021 Image of Research.

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Great Western Railway Guide Exhibiting All Stations With Distances From Each Other for the Map Library

NEW! This is an 1860 map in its original, stamped, green cloth folder, showing Midwest rail lines and the distances between stations. Lined with a decorative border, the very unusual guide depicts the area from western New York and Pennsylvania to western Missouri, and from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Cairo, Illinois. Though displaying a Chicago imprint, the item, sought by the Map Library, was published in Cincinnati.

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Le Rève du Fou: The Madman’s Dream for the Map Library

NEW! This map is a 1914 pictorial map in which Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany is drawn as a Frankenstein-like figure looming over Europe. Blood drips from his hands directly over France, with his boot stepping on French possessions in North Africa; meanwhile, a red-soaked Germany leaks over Russia, Austria-Hungary, Serbia, and Turkey. No other samples of this French-produced map exist; the Map Library would like to get its own hands on this item.

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Map of The Old Reliable Hannibal and St. Joseph Short Line–Always On Time for the Map Library

NEW! This map is a spectacular timetable promoting the virtues of the H&SJ train. Produced in 1882 in Chicago, the piece is delightfully detailed and brilliantly colored, showing scenes of the train (with a brightly shining “new electric light”) crossing a railroad bridge whilst a dog runs alongside, as well as an inside view of its passenger car, complete with comfortable lounging chairs. The item also includes a timetable and regional map—just the ticket for the Map Library’s holdings.

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Chairs for the Communication Library

NEW! $1,700 to $10,200 is needed to replace decades-old chairs in the Communication Library’s International News Lounge. The library seeks up to six such chairs (at $1,700 apiece) to expand the inviting atmosphere of the lounge, where students collaborate, study, and watch news feeds from around the world.

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The Guide to Toyland for the Map Library

NEW! This map is a cover to a Christmas toy catalog that depicts storybook people and places, from Santa to Treasure Island to Ali Baba’s cave. The vividly colored pictorial map, created for an Iowa store, also serves as a board game. While the publication date is estimated to be around 1940, the toys advertised in an accompanying sheet point more toward 1928. Please put this very scarce item in the Map Library’s holiday stocking!

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Prevailing Religions of the World and Progress of Evangelization for the Map Library

NEW! This map, circa 1894, color-codes the world according to religion and plots the course of Protestant evangelism. A pyramid key indicates categories of faith practices and numbers of practitioners, including “heathen” and “pagan,” and distinguishes between Protestants and Roman Catholics. The item was used in conjunction with The New Acts of the Apostles, the Rev. Arthur Tappan Pierson’s work on missionary activity. While eight copies of this map that were printed in New York still exist, the Map Library would like this one, the only one available that was published in London.

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e-DaVinci Book Covering Machine for the Social Studies, Health and Education Library

NEW! This book covering machine will preserve information contained on the dust jackets of books. The library’s extensive youth collection, dating from 1800 to the present, is widely used by students in two programs—teacher education, as well as library and information science—to instruct children how to read or learn how to recommend books to young readers. With more than 3,500 new books added to the library’s shelves each year, the device—which adds protective covers—would get plenty of use and help chronicle the evolution of children’s literature.

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Saussine Pictorial Broadside Game Board Map of World War I for the Map Library

NEW! This is a board game depicting in lively detail the various battles and armaments of the Great War. Published circa 1916 by the renowned Léon Saussine, founder of Jeux Saussine (Saussine Games) in Paris, the map takes the player through the battlefields of World War I, while also displaying technological advances such as air-to-air combat, submarine warfare, large artillery pieces, and transportation of troops and materiel. Just one other sample of this rare, two-piece item is known to exist; the Map Library would love to win the bidding war on the remaining one.

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Support for the Image of Research Competitions for the Scholarly Commons

NEW! The annual multidisciplinary event, open to graduate and undergraduate students, showcases images that represent the entrants’ research in concrete or abstract form. Monies would provide funding for cash prizes and reception costs.  All submissions are then archived by the Library for long-term preservation so students can easily reference their contributions to the university’s research mission—please visit https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/8858 to view stunning imagery from the 2021 Image of Research.

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Nuclear Theater in Europe (or the Saga of the Cruise, Pershing II, SS-20, and Friends). [Cold War] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Nouveau Planisphere Officiel L’Empire Colonial Francais et les Possessions Colonales des Nations [Colonialism, Interwar Period] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Cable and Wireless via Imperial Limited [Communications networks] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Flat-Globe of the World (1905) for the Map Library

NEW! Read more at scientificamerican.com/article/the-most-accurate-flat-map-of-earth-yet/. And, here.

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Map of Yokohama – Yokohama annei ezu [East Asia, Japan] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Bird’s eye view of the Far East [East Asia] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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[Officials Assigned to Defense Duty along the Shore in Nagasaki] [Nagasaki kaigan okatame oyakunin] [East Asia, Japan] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Flat-Globe of the World (1941) [World War II] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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August 1961: The Berlin Crisis and Foreshadowing Construction of the Berlin Wall] [Cold War] the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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The Pre-War Colonies . . . Which Herr Hitler Declares Must Be Returned To The Reich . . . Or Else! for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Grim Story of Red Imperialism as told in maps (Chi Trib) (1960) for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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New and Correct Map of the Great Rock Island Route Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific and Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railways [US Railroads] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Chicago And Northwestern Railway: Comprising 5 Trunk Lines [US Railroads] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Distance Maps … Map of the Atlantic states … [Map of the] Battle Ground … [Map of the Fortress Monroe … [US Railroads, Civil War] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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A Correct Map of the United States Showing the Union Pacific System: The Overland Route and Connections. [US Railroads] for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Map of the railroads in the United States in operation and progress (1852) for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Map of the St. Louis, Vandalia, Terre Haute and Indianapolis Rail Road and connections (1871) for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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Cincinnati & Chicago short line via Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Lafayette RR) (1871) for the Map Library

NEW! Read more here.

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New tables for public computer workstations for the Music and Performing Arts Library

While the technology at the Music and Performing Arts Library has continued to evolve, its furniture remains somewhat archaic. These funds would help create flexible space for patrons as they write papers, scan scores, or watch DVDs at the library’s computers and scanners.

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Metadata improvement in Special Collections for the Music and Performing Arts Library

The Music and Performing Arts Library wants to boost cataloguing efforts of items in these collections to better assist researchers and librarians, and augment their usability.

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Personnel to digitize Special Collections items for the Music and Performing Arts Library

Extra assistance is needed to digitize unique score and text holdings (as allowed by copyright), which can then be included in the Library’s Digital Collections platform for use by scholars worldwide.

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Personnel to access digitization needs for MPAL's Special Collections

These funds would allow the Music and Performing Arts Library to hire personnel to identify unique score and text holdings that have not yet been digitized so that the library may eventually do so.

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Tōkyō kangyō hakurankai jimu hōkoku jōkan [Tokyo Industrial Exposition Report, Vol. 1] for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

This is an extremely scarce governmental report on the 1907 Tokyo Industrial Exposition. Replete with maps and plans for everything from architecture to engineering to pavilion elevations, the 331-page volume is richly illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of exposition photographs as well as more than two dozen folding plates. Exposition organizers hoped to display a modern, industrial Japan, with the event featuring a Ferris Wheel, foreign products, and 35,000 light bulbs. This item is sought by the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art.

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Personnel to inventory Special Collections in the Music and Performing Arts Library

Personnel is needed to take a look at these 150,000+ items—including some of MPAL’s oldest, rarest, and/or unique pieces—to ensure they are on the shelf and appropriately represented in the online catalog.

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The World, on Mercator’s Projection [US Railroads, Gold Rush] for the Map Library

Who was interested in prospecting for gold? The whole world, apparently, as this map spotlights how to get to California (appropriately colored in yellow) from anywhere on the globe—including Antarctica. Printed in 1850, this rare map of sea routes contains perhaps an even rarer inset: the proposed pathway of a transcontinental railroad from St. Louis to San Francisco. The Gold Rush map was created by the renowned David H. Burr, who left the study of law to pursue a career as a surveyor, topographer, and cartographer. Help the Map Library strike it rich with the purchase of this unusual item.

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Megalithic Software for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

Part I: England (1975) ; Part II: Europe and the Near East (1982) ; Part III: The orient Sec. A Japan (1988). These three volumes comprise a complete set of the noted physicist author’s detailed analysis of ancient megalithic stone circles, city plans, and cathedrals at sites around the world and is illustrated throughout with tipped-in maps, diagrams, photographs, illustrations, and mathematical tables. A little known and under-appreciated contribution to contemporary understandings of ancient pagan mathematics and cybernetics, Megalithic Software remains institutionally scarce, with only a handful of institutions recordings copies of all three volumes in their online catalogs. This acquisition allows the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to strengthen its holdings which document connections between art and science—showing that creativity and curiosity can be fostered throughout disciplines.

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Buenos Aires : Vision Fotográfica for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

This photographic book containing brief texts prefacing plates showing views of the city and its inhabitants, indexed with captions. On the occasion of the fourth centenary of its founding, the Municipality of Buenos Aires commissioned Horacio Coppola to produce a photographic documentation of the city’s urban environment. The resulting work is considered by many to be one of the most important Latin American photobooks of the 20th century. Coppola completed the assignment in collaboration with his wife Grete (née Stern). The couple had originally met as students at the Bauhaus, and upon moving to his native Argentina, they effectively imported the lessons of the European modernist photography to Latin America. The present work is scarce in any condition. This acquisition allows the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to strengthen its holdings in both Latin America and photobooks, while also bringing a work that has architectural as well as artistic value.

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Miras—nasledie, Tatarstan—Krym: gorod Bolgar i izuchenie tatarskoi kul’tury v Tatarstane i Krymu v 1923-1929 godakh for the International and Area Studies Library

This is a long-awaited three-volume publication exploring how Tatar identity evolved in the early Soviet Union. Viewed through the prism of a little-known archaeological expedition in the 1920s to the medieval Turkic city of Bolghar and other Tatar sites, the set was finally published nearly a century later. This work would complement the International and Area Studies Library’s collection on Eastern Europe and Eurasia archaeology, making it only the second library in the U.S. to own it.

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Concept of Deterrence (Andrew Shallo, 1961) for the Map Library

Published between the attempted Bay of Pigs invasion and the beginning of the construction of the Berlin Wall, a time that the Cold War was heating up. Published in newspaper, at this time no separately cataloged copy appears in OCLC.

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The Mississippi-Missouri (Sedgwick, Pradt, 1868) for the Map Library

This manuscript map was drawn as part of correspondence between two geographical educators in the mid-19th century as an illustration for their debate about what the principal drainage network of the United States should be called – Missouri or Mississippi. The map is accompanied by letters and part of a draft article. This map complements our holdings of maps showing the upper Mississippi River Valley and will be scanned and made available for use via the Library’s Digital Library website.

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Large-format Scanner for the Scholarly Commons

This large-format scanner is for sizable items such as posters and maps. Georeferencing data thus retrieved could then be used in GIS (geographic information systems) software.

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Rotating Exhibit(s) for the Library Exhibitions Committee

Sponsor a rotating exhibit within the Marshall Gallery and the north-south corridor of the Main Library highlighting the Library’s rich and vast collections for one month. Support would cover printing for cases, as well as supply refurbishment in order to ensure that exhibitors can continue to have the preservation-grade materials on hand to safely display collections materials. Interested Library Friends may support exhibits programming for one month…or several!

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Classic Video Game Magazines and Related Periodicals for the Undergraduate Library

As part of its vintage gaming archive, these materials will help augment our collection of vintage games, and serve as core sources for campus researchers investigating historical aspects of this important pop culture phenomenon. The Library has identified the following titles as being of interest to local researchers:

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly 1989-
  • EGM 1994-1999
  • GamePro 1989-2011
  • Game Informer 1991-
  • Nintendo Power 1988-
  • GAMES Magazine 1977-1990; 1991-
  • The Space Gamer 1975-
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Communications Library Stress Free Finals Week Fund for the Communications Library

Gifts to this fund support student-related library activities that reduce Finals Week stress. The Communications Library is a very popular place during Finals Week and a great place to help them when their stress is greatest. The Library provides healthy snacks and a sympathetic ear for an environment that really makes a difference.

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Communications Library Tech Fund for the Communications Library

Gifts to this fund help the Communications Library provide much-needed technology support for students. Library users own cell phones, laptops, music players, and more that require regular charging and security. This Fund enables the purchase of equipment like charging stations, cables, and secure lockers that make students’ lives easier.

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Communications Library PR/Promotion Internship for the Communications Library

This paid internship is for an undergraduate student to put their public relations classroom skills to use while promoting the Communications Library. The student manages this library’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, creates content for digital signage, and creates handouts and brochures for New Student Week events and library tours in an effort to help students learn about the Communications Library.

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“Don Balon” for the International and Area Studies Library

Don Balón was a prominent sport magazine published in Chile during the 1990s. Originally published in Spain, the magazine currently has online editions throughout Latin America and has become a hallmark of Ibero-American soccer. The Library is interested in acquiring a collection of 477 issues from its founding in 1992 to 2000. This time period is particularly important for Chile as it covers their re-democratization process after August Pinochet’s dictatorship. No other sport magazine existed in Chile during this entire period, making Don Balón a unique source to study Chilean soccer. The acquisition of Don Balón would be the first Chilean sport magazine in a growing and unique Latin American and Caribbean Sport Collection.

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Charging Station/Locker for the Communications Library

To purchase a secure charging station/locker to revitalize devices carried by tech-savvy users. While current students are positively aglow with electric possibility, they do need a boost now and then. “Our students are immersed in the greatest flood of information any generation has ever experienced,” says Head Librarian Lisa Romero, who adds that the library and its staff are “all about service. We try to keep up with all our students’ needs. Every student has mobile devices and laptops that need to be recharged. Making it easier for students to rely on technology is one way the library can contribute to the student experience. The charging station/locker enables us to meet a very real need.”

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Digitizing “The Alumni Quarterly and Fortnightly News” for the University Archives

The Alumni Quarterly and Fortnightly News was the earliest means of communication of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Since 1907—long before the Archives was formally established in 1963—the publication has recorded campus and alumni news, very nearly from the start of the university. Called an “amazing resource” by Archivist Ellen Swain, the news vehicle—presently known as Illinois Alumni magazine—has morphed through various iterations and provides close, historical coverage found in few other sources. Funding would go toward hiring of personnel to digitize materials and, eventually, software to search across all issues.

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Transfer and Digitize Photographs for the University Archives

To transfer and digitize thousands of hard-copy photographs painstakingly accumulated by the University of Illinois Alumni Association communications department in its 100+ years of coverage of campus, students, and alumni. Containing items not previously seen by Library staff, the collection will find a new home in the Archives, where it will be scanned and tagged for use by students, researchers, and the public. Funding would support additional personnel to digitize materials, create records, and organize metadata.

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