Digital Collection

Illinois State University’s Milner Library has been awarded $85,934 in funding from the Illinois State Library to create digital images of artworks from the International Collection of Child Art (ICCA), a resource of the Library’s Special Collections.  Digitizing this collection of graphically exciting artworks from the children of Illinois, the United States, and more than 50 countries and cultures will provide global electronic access to the imaginative vision that shapes a child’s creative pursuits.  The digitization project, “Imagine Illinois and Beyond: Celebrating Creativity Through the Eyes of Our Children!” will serve as a gateway to students, educators, researchers, and the public at large interested in viewing and learning about the inventive and inspiring perspective young artists bring to our world.

Funding for the grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.  Digitization of the collection has begun and will be completed, per the grant requirements, in the fall of 2009.

The digital conversion of the ICCA will provide global access allowing this multicultural resource to be broadly shared, appreciated, and studied.  Digitizing the children’s original artwork will provide rich primary sources to students, researchers, educators, and the public at large, collectively enhancing viewers’ knowledge of children and their creativity.  The digital images will be available to use, with attribution, for research, study and educational purposes. For permission to publish, distribute, or use the images for any other purpose, please visit Milner Library's copyright page.

Please contact the ICCA Curator with any questions.