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Special Collections

Finding Aids and LibGuides

Finding Aids

Here's access to the ever growing list of Finding Aids of otherwise uncatalogued collections in Milner's Special Collections. Browsable and Searchable.

Special Collections

This LibGuide is a one stop information destination for Milner Library’s Special Collections with each of the four main collections (Rare & Fine, Lincoln, Children’s Literature and Historic Textbooks, and Circus & Allied Arts) represented.

Lois Lenski Collection

Lenski, an award winning author and illustrator of such celebrated children’s books as Strawberry Girl, San Francisco Boy, Houseboat Girl, and Corn Farm Boy, left upon her death a treasure trove of research materials, manuscripts, correspondence, drafts, illustrations, and publishing-related ephemera to a chosen few former normal schools (teacher training colleges), with Illinois State University proudly among them. This LibGuide details the background of the Lois Lenski collection housed in Milner Library’s Special Collections. Her collection here includes books, research, artwork, and the author’s entire doll and toy collection.

54 Authors Collection

In years past, Milner Library's Special Collections isolated 54 select authors for a more curated representation in our Rare and Fine Book Collection. These authors range from the well-known (Charles Dickens and D.H. Lawrence) to the reasonably obscure (the brothers John Cowper, T.F. , and Llewelyn Powys) to the controversial (Eric Gill) and offer an eclectic view of English Literature in the rough span of the 100 years (1850-1950) between Victorian and modern literature. This LibGuide was designed to encourage an exploration through this vast and varied collection.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Magazine Database

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Magazine Database contains all of Milner Library's holdings for this circus. The collection, which spans the years 1919 to 2009, includes multiple editions of each program published including Road Programs and Madison Square Garden Programs from 1919-1969 and Red Unit and Blue Unit Programs from 1970-2009. Over 4,000 articles have been indexed. These can be searched for by serial titles, issues, article titles, authors, article types, and index terms.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Programs are full of incredible information about each year's circus. Subjects of the articles include biographical information about the performers and circus management, descriptions of acts, information about circus life, advertisements, historical information, and words of appreciation for the circus written by fans. Many famous writers, actors, and musicians contributed content to these programs including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Bing Crosby, Burt Lancaster, and many more."

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