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Collection Highlights

  • Centennial Parade with Daily Pantagraph float and uniformed women soldiers, Bloomington, Illinois, September 20, 1950

    Bloomington Centennial Celebration Parade

    Bloomington, Illinois celebrates its 100th anniversary September 18-20, 1950 with a boisterous two-hour procession down Main Street featuring 10 bands and 75 civic groups.

  • General Mills Inc. factory floor with women employees, Bloomington, Illinois, May 18, 1948

    Labor & consumption in the Corn Belt

    Employees of Bloomington-Normal businesses work on the factory line, in the office, and on the sales floor.

  • Milner Library, Illinois State University, under construction May 18, 1974

    Illinois State (Normal) University

    Today’s ISU owes much to the higher education boom of the 1950s-1970s, which saw an exponential increase in the number of students on campus, as well as the construction of facilities to feed, house, and educate them.

  • Bob Johnson's Brandtville Restaurant on Route 66, Bloomington, Illinois, November 15, 1962

    Historic Route 66

    Travel along the Main Street of America as it appeared in the 1950s and 60s, stopping at iconic Central Illinois landmarks and eateries along the way.