The Student Life and Culture Archives has created a multitude of exhibits in myriad formats, all of which contribute in some way to telling the wonderful stories preserved in our collections.

Hybrid Exhibits

“Student Life Over Fifteen Decades at the University of Illinois”

This exhibit exists in a hybrid physical-digital form, and provides an excellent introduction to the Student Life and Culture Archives.  It examines a vast group of students (two to three per decade) throughout the University’s first fifteen decades. Many of these students were early pioneers of cultural change and others were leaders fully immersed in University life.  This exhibit was prepared by Zack Stein and based on research by John Franch.

The eight panels that compose the physical portion of the exhibit are on display in the west corridor of the Archives Research Center.

Building hallway with eight exhibit panels.
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Digital Exhibits

Physical Exhibits

Although the Student Life and Culture Archives is not a museum, small exhibits highlighting SLC collections are on display at the University of Illinois Archives Research Center (SLC’s home) throughout the year. The exhibits gallery, located in the building’s entrance hall, contains exhibit cases and framed pieces on the walls.
Angled photo showing large, high-ceiling room with five framed posters and five glass, wood, and metal exhibit cases.
Exhibits gallery, fall 2023.

What's On Display?

Shows documents and photos resting on a blue felt backing in a glass, metal, and wood exhibit case.

The current exhibit, installed in April 2023, celebrates 50 years of the American Library Association Archives and features highlights of the collections. Contact ALA Archivist Cara Bertram for more information!

Traveling Exhibits

We can provide small traveling exhibits for special events like conferences, celebrations, and anniversaries.  For more information, please contact Archivist for Student Life and Culture Ellen Swain.