Over 200 Illinois Newspapers Digitized

Now available: over two hundred digitized Illinois newspapers: https://go.library.illinois.edu/npcom. Access currently restricted to computers with a campus IP address, but will soon be freely available through the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) to researchers everywhere. Continue reading “Over 200 Illinois Newspapers Digitized”

New Books: The Last Imperialist

The Last Imperialism dust jacketAlan Burns came from one of those families where the children all seem to have been remarkable (in personality or intellect), consequential, and ideologically irreconcilable. The Last Imperialist by Bruce Gilley might have been a nuanced study of one such family (like those captivating Mitford biographies—I think there have been almost a dozen so far). Or it could have been about the devout Roman Catholic and Anglo West Indian, from birth an establishment outsider, who made it his life mission to defend the very establishment that had rejected him. Instead, Gilley chose to write an improbable apologia of the British Empire, and while he does fold some biography into the polemic, he’s so entirely united with Burns in admiration for colonialism that the book devolves into pure encomium somewhere around page three. Continue reading “New Books: The Last Imperialist”

Trial Databases April/May 2023

Trial Databases 

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library has two new trial databases, Black South African Magazines and Bibliography of Indigenous People in North America. Check out the descriptions below! 

Enjoying these databases? Let us know at hpnl@library.illinois.edu 

Africa Commons: Black South African Magazines  

Trial available through April 30, 2023. Continue reading “Trial Databases April/May 2023”

WAND TV Reported on HPNL’s “Blaxtravaganza”

WAND TV released a news report about HPNL’s “Blaxtravaganza” event taking place March 2-8th.

URBANA, Ill (WAND) – The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois will host a Blaxtravaganza which will highlight the talents of faculty members.

Event organizer Courtney Becks says the goal is to highlight research, creativity, and brilliance. Continue reading “WAND TV Reported on HPNL’s “Blaxtravaganza””

HPNL Presents “The Blaxtravaganza: Celebrating Black Futures” March 2 to 8


The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library (HPNL) invites the community to The Blaxtravaganza: Celebrating Black Futures

This series of events highlight the research, creativity, and brilliance of Black professors on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Continue reading “HPNL Presents “The Blaxtravaganza: Celebrating Black Futures” March 2 to 8″

Welcome to HPNL! 

In this blog we are excited to talk to Michelle Self-Ballard, HPNL’s newest staff member! Michelle started working for the unit as a Senior Library Specialist at the end of December, keeping the circulation desk running smoothly, managing our newspaper collections, supervising student assistants and helping patrons with the unit’s collections. She comes to us after many years of library experience including working at the Champaign Public Library, Grainger Engineering Library, Undergraduate Library, and the Scholarly Commons. We’re very pleased to have Michelle as part of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library!   

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Call for Applications: 2022-2023 Research Travel Grant

Update: It’s not too late to apply for a Research Travel Grant to visit our Library in Spring 2023! Applications received by December 5, 2022, will be considered for spring funding.

Call for applications: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library 2022-2023 Research Travel Grant

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library and the Department of History are pleased to announce a Research Travel Grant to support scholars conducting research in any of the Library’s collections. Continue reading “Call for Applications: 2022-2023 Research Travel Grant”

Colonial Caribbean New Module: Colonial Government and Abolition, 1833-1849

Now available: the second module of the digital collection Colonial Caribbean. Like the first module, Module 2 covers British colonialism in the Caribbean, and comprises documents from the British National Archives, digitized in full color. Continue reading “Colonial Caribbean New Module: Colonial Government and Abolition, 1833-1849”