Learn more about our online resources of the history of Illinois State University.
The history of Illinois State University is told through a series of nine books. Eight of the nine are available online in full text.
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 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 at Milner Library, Floor 6 (ask for Video DVD 1756). Videotapes of individual productions in the series are also 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. Proceedings of two of these boards, the first and the last, are available online.
Board of Education (1857-1917)
The first governing board of Illinois State Normal University was also the first board of higher education in Illinois. Proceedings of the board are available online as part of the Illinois State University History digital collection. Searches of the digital collection will retrieve pages from the Board Proceedings (as well as other materials such as history books, videos, and images).
Board of Trustees (1996-)
Minutes of recent meetings (2006-current) are available online via the Board of Trustees web site.