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Special Collections

Mission and Staff

The mission of Illinois State University’s Rare Books and Special Collections Department is to enhance accessibility and integration of unique print and digital materials into the teaching, learning and research of the University and broader community. The Department additionally supports the strategic directions of the University by acquiring and preserving rare materials relevant to these purposes; by providing instruction and reference assistance in finding, interpreting and using these materials; and by serving as a resource for marketing and fundraising that highlights University’s valuable artifacts and collections.


Maureen Brunsdale
Special Collections Librarian

Mark Schmitt
Senior Specialist

Steve Gossard
Circus Curator

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Campus Box 8900
201 North School St.
Normal, Il 61790-8900
Phone: 309.438.3451

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Last Updated: 8/8/13