Unique Collections are collections held at Milner Library not found anywhere else. These collections are diverse in their focus and contents.
Sverre O. Braathen (1895-1974) grew up in the Red River Valley of the north, North Dakota. This handwritten diary dates from his time on the U.S.S. Kearsarge during WWI.
Anna Ropp (1904–2005) was raised in Missouri and left home in 1927 to enroll in the Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing in Bloomington, Illinois. Her stories can be discovered through her diaries between 1933 and 2004.
An online exhibition of of digital images of World War I posters held in Milner Library’s Government Documents World War Poster Collection.
A locally produced database of images for use in the study and teaching of art, design, and visual culture at Illinois State University.
William Frederick Cody, who is known more commonly by the name "Buffalo Bill”, is an American icon. Cody, born in 1846, would come to blaze a trail across American history with his involvement in the Pony Express, the Civil War, and his astoundingly popular Wild West Shows.
The word "circus" tantalizes nearly all the human senses, perhaps none more than sight. In the films presented here, catch the tremendous movement of the circus – in the ring, in the backyard, or sometimes in the practice facility.
The Children's Literature Collection houses several noteworthy collections including the Lois Lenski Collection, Will Johnson Collection and more.
One of the largest special collections of its type in existence, the Circus and Allied Arts Collection is over 8,000 volumes strong, including the A Passion for Circus Digital Collection.
The University Archives was recognized in 1970 as the official repository of University records that have enduring value.
This includes :
Official records from governing boards, campus offices, faculty and student governance bodies, committees, colleges, departments and faculty and student organizations
Professional and personal papers of faculty, administrative staff and alumni, educational organizations in Illinois
Manuscript or archival material related to individuals and local clubs or businesses in the area.
In 1999, Milner Library embarked on an ambitious project to collect and document the works of all faculty members in Illinois State University history.
Gamma Phi Circus started its life on the campus of Illinois State University as a gymnastics fraternity in 1929.
A small portion of the historic heralds held in the Circus & Allied Arts Collection of Special Collections.
The History Collection currently includes campus history books, proceedings of the first university governing board, digital images, and nearly 400 photographs.
Illinois State University Milner Library's International Collection of Child Art celebrates the creativity and innovative work produced by children with a global perspective.
As a commercial photographer, a great deal of Kenneth Berglund’s work was done in the local and regional Central Illinois business community, many of which had national significance including Prairie Farms, Standard Oil, State Farm, Nestle Beich, and others.
This "working Lincoln library" contains over 2,600 books and pamphlets which cover all aspects of Lincoln's life.
Lenski donated the majority of her doll collection to the Children’s Literature and Historical Textbook Collection of Special Collections.
Japanese ceramicist Mitsuya Niiyama created these one hundred ceramic pieces as interpretations of the poems of the Hyakunin Isshu.
An online archive and exhibition of collaborative limited edition fine art prints produced at Illinois State University in the print research facility by visiting artists in collaboration with N.E.W. faculty, staff, and students.
There are more questions than answers about an unknown woman's diary. This handwritten diary was transcribed through Decipher History. Thank you to all contributors.
An audio collection of the leaders of extreme social and political movements active during the 1950s-1970s.