Nearly all of the books in the campus history series are available in full-text online.
Cook, John W. and James V. McHugh. A History of the Illinois State Normal University.
Chronicles the first 25 years.
Keith, John A. H., ed. Semi-Centennial History of the Illinois State Normal University.
Chronicles the first 50 years.
Harper, Charles A. Development of the Teachers College in the United States with Special Reference to the Illinois State Normal University. (1935)
Chronicles the first 75 years.
Marshall, Helen E. Grandest of Enterprises, Illinois State Normal University, 1857-1957. (1956)
Chronicles the first 100 years.
Marshall, Helen E. The Eleventh Decade, Illinois State University. (1967)
Champagne, Roger J. A Place of Education: Illinois State University: 1967-1977. (1978)
Champagne, Roger J. The Thirteenth Decade: Illinois State University, 1977-1987.
Wyman, Mark. The Fourteenth Decade: Illinois State University, 1987-1997.
Freed, John. Educating Illinois: Illinois State University, 1857-2007. (2009)
The history of Illinois State University is told through a series of 12 video presentations collectively spanning the period 1857-2006. The series was started in 1995 and was completed in 2006. Productions were introduced annually at the Founders Day celebration in February. Each presentation is available online in streaming video.
A three-disc DVD compilation of the productions, entitled Illinois State University Historical Video Series: 1857-2007, is available for checkout at the Learning Resource Center on Milner Floor 6 (ask for Video DVD 1756). Videotapes of individual productions in the series are available in the Learning Resource Center for viewing in the center.
In its more than 150-year history, Illinois State University has been governed by six boards. The boards, their tenure, and the location of their proceedings are as follows.
Board of Education (1857-1917)
Normal School Board (1917-1936)
Teachers College Board (1936-1966)
Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities (1966-1991, 1994/1995)
Board of Regents (1967-1995)
Board of Trustees (1996-)
Clark, Daniel A. "Whirlwind of Change: The Transformation of Illinois State Normal University, 1957-1971." Illinois Historical Journal 90 (Winter 1997): 226-244.
Harmon, Sandra D. "'The Voice Pen and Influence of our Women are Abroad in the Land': Women and the Illinois State Normal University, 1857-1899." In Nineteenth Century Women Learn to Write. Ed. Catherine Hobbs. (1995)
Marshall, Helen E. "Charles E. Hovey: Educator and Soldier." Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, L, 3 (Autumn 1957), 243-276.
Marshall, Helen E. "Jesse W. Fell, Friend of Education." Teacher Education XX, 1 (September 1957), 3-35.
Marshall, Helen E. "The Town and the Gown." Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, L, 2 (Summer 1957), 141-167.