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Old Main postcard, circa 1930'sDr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives


2016 Warehouse Road
Normal, Illinois 61790
(309) 438-3546
archives@ilstu.edu



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News from the University Archives

Fall 2014 Road Construction Update

Work on the water line on Northtown Road between Main Street and Warehouse Road is complete. However, work continues from the Northtown Road crossing of Constitution Trail to Linden Street. Access to Warehouse Road from Linden Street is currently blocked off and it is as of this time unknown when that portion will reopen. If you are traveling to the Archives, be sure to plan your trip accordingly.


About the Archives

The Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University is the official repository for selected materials that document the history of the university and all aspects of university life. The University Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible these materials to support Milner Library and the ISU community's research and teaching goals.

Collected materials include official records from governing boards, campus offices, faculty and student governance bodies, committees, colleges, departments and faculty and student organizations. In addition, the University Archives collects the professional and personal papers of faculty, administrative staff and alumni. The University Archives also collects materials on Illinois educational organizations pertaining to the university and local manuscripts or archival materials of individuals, clubs or business relating to the university.

In 2011, the University Archives began collecting materials related to the teaching method known as Herbartianism. Originated in 1830's Germany by Johann Friedrich Herbart, this education method was introduced to the United States at Illinois State Normal University in the 1880's by Charles DeGarmo. Collected materials include records of organizations and groups dedicated to the awareness and education of the Herbartian teaching method as well as the personal papers of the individuals who taught, administered or were educated in the Herbartian method. The University Archives also collects monographs, ephemera, memorabilia and other materials related to the teaching, administering and education of the Herbartian method.

The University Archives was recognized in 1970 as the official repository of University records that have enduring value. In 2010, it was renamed to honor former Archivist, Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield, for her years of service to Illinois State University.


Researching at the University Archives

The University Archives is open to the public. Because of the fragile nature of the materials, the stacks are closed for browsing but can be requested for viewing by Archives staff.

Can't come to us? Try our Online Resources page. Researchers can find databases, full texts, and sites with research assistance.

Yearbooks are one of the most requested items by patrons here in the Archives. Many of these patrons are alumni or family members doing genealogical research. In order to better serve our patrons, especially those who are not local, we've digitized all of the yearbooks and made them freely accessible online. Click here to search through a complete listing of our digitized yearbooks.

Duplication of materials are handled by Archives staff on a case-by-case basis and can sometimes be processed by the Milner Digitization Center.

Because of limited staffing, the University Archives is open by appointment only. Please call or email to schedule a visit.

Our University Archives LibGuides pages also has some great resources on all aspects of ISU history. Check these out and if you see something you'd like to research further, then let us know.


Online Exhibits

These online exhibits feature images and information about the history of the university.


Staff and Contact Information

Phone: (309) 438-3546
Email: archives@ilstu.edu
Hours: By appointment only.
Address: 2016 Warehouse Road, Normal IL 61790
Driving Directions to the Archives
Directions via Constitution Trail
Traveling by Bus: Take the (E) Blue line to the Ironwood Gardens stop on North Linden. Cross the street to the Constitution Trail by I-55. Walk north on the Constitution Trail for approximately half a mile. Archives will be on the left in a blue building.

April Karlene Anderson, University Archivist
Email: aander2@ilstu.edu
Phone: (309) 438-5525

Jenna Self, Archives Assistant
Email: jrself@ilstu.edu
Phone: (309) 438-2884


Illinois Regional Archives Depository @ ISU

IRAD @ ISU is a branch of the Illinois Regional Archives Depository that shares office and archival storage space with the ISU University Archives. The Illinois State Archives in Springfield administers seven repositories in the IRAD system which house and provide research services for historical records transferred by local governments. The IRAD @ ISU branch holds government documents from 14 surrounding counties.

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Last Updated: 10/14/14