University of Illinois Resources

Resources Overview

The Student Life and Culture Archives has assembled myriad guides and tools to assist users (both experienced and new) in making use of our collections.  Listed below are some of these, designed to assist in navigating the University of Illinois-related collections, which represent one part of our dual mission.

Guides and Tools

Navigating Archon, Our Collections Database

A common “first stop” in researching at the University of Illinois Archives is a visit to Archon, our collections database.  Two search functions, a hierarchal list of collections, and subject/topic lists are some of the different ways that users can locate interesting material.  Visit this page for a handy guide to some of our collection topics!

Mapping History at Illinois

From its inception in 2015 as a project to “highlight the extraordinary history of the University of Illinois for its [2017] sesquicentennial anniversary,” Mapping History at Illinois has been an incredible resource for anyone interested in the past 150 years of the University of Illinois.  A multifaceted, interdisciplinary project, it brought together scholars and students from across campus and beyond to create an interactive website which presents “an overarching narrative that integrates the idea of place via maps, 3D imagery, and archival content.”

Digital Resources

Advances in digitization technology give archivists a powerful toolkit in presenting archival and historical information to patrons.  On our Digital Resources page, Student Life and Culture Archives staff have assembled a handy guide to some of the most helpful and commonly-used Web-based resources.

“Student Life at Illinois: A Timeline”

Here, you can view a chronological list of important events in the student experience at the University of Illinois!


If you have any questions about these resources specifically or about the Student Life and Culture Archives in general, please contact Ellen Swain or Katie Nichols!