The Illinois State University Historical Photos collection is a growing online database that currently includes nine, fully digitized campus history books, proceedings of the first university governing board, and nearly 400 photographs.
Support for this collection is provided by The Friends of Milner Library and the Illinois State Library, A Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.
Questions about this collection or about Illinois State University history may be emailed to the ISU University Archives Staff, by calling (309) 438-3546 or visit The Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives online.
The Campus History Book Series includes digitized version of the nine works that have been written about the history of Illinois State University since it's founding in 1857. This list includes links to the digital versions of each book. These books can also be found at Milner Library's institutional repository, ISUReD.
From Milner Library founder Ange Milner and first female faculty member June Rose Colby to championship-winning women’s sports teams, these images document more than a century of women’s accomplishments at ISU.
Explore ISU’s architectural history and discover demolished landmarks such as Old Main, the first building on campus.
ISU students receive their diplomas and celebrate with family and friends during this annual stadium-packing ceremony of congratulations.
Bonfires, parades, and football festivities mark the annual homecoming celebration at ISU.