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Area Studies Special Collections

The University of Illinois Library is home to numerous special collections from different world regions and in various languages, on numerous subjects, and dating from several historical periods. These curated guides are intended for emerging scholars and designed to raise awareness of unique materials in many formats held at the Library and other institutions.


Screenshot of the General Slavic Collections landing pageSlavic Collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Slavic Reference Service Graduate Assistant, Kevin Adams, digitized the title pages, introductions, and table of contents of each monograph and serial in the General Slavic Collection. These scans were compiled and curated on the digital publishing platform, Scalar. The scans are meant to provide a snapshot of the contents in this collection, and can help patrons identify articles or chapters that may be of interest to them.”


Screenshot of the Yoruba Collection landing pageThe Yoruba Collection of William and Berta Bascom

“Mariah Schaefer, International and Area Studies Library graduate assistant, digitized the title pages and tables of contents of the volumes found in the University of Illinois Library microfiche collection. These scans are meant to give patrons a better idea of what each volume contains so they can better browse the collection. This website is an experimental use of the Scalar digital publishing platform with the aim of increasing accessibility to languages spoken across the globe.”


Screenshot of the Lithuanians in Chicago landing pageLithuanians in Chicago

“This project attempts to make the unique history of Lithuanians in Chicago accessible to all. Materials contained in this collection have been categorized using the following subject areas: arts & culture, education, politics, press and organizations. Furthermore, each section gives a brief description about community activities in that area. Users can also explore materials through both the map and timeline visualizations. … [C]ompiled by Erika Weir, Graduate Assistant at the Slavic Reference Service.”