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University Archives Online Collections

The Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives is the official repository for Illinois State University, and we house a wide variety of materials related to the University. Below you can find a selection of digitized university publications, collections, and items available for online viewing.

To see a full listing of what we have available for on-site research, please take a look at our Finding Aids.

Digitized Publications

Take a look at these University Archives' materials from your computer at home! We have digitized a number of materials and collections for your browsing convenience.

Course Catalogs

Browse fully digitized course catalogs from 1860 to the present.

View the Course Catalogs


Find fully digitized reports from the six boards that have governed ISU since 1857.

View the Governance Reports


Search the yearbooks for Illinois State (Normal) University, University High School, and the Thomas Metcalf School.

View the Yearbooks

Commencement Programs

View programs for all commencement exercises held at Illinois State (Normal) University since its first in 1860.

View the Commencement Records

Enrollment Ledgers

Explore historic university registrar ledgers from the first ISNU class in 1857 to 1923.

View the University Enrollment Ledgers

Campus History Book Series

Access digitized versions of nine of the works written about Illinois State University's history since its founding in 1857.

View the Campus History Book Series

Historical Photos

Browse thousands of photos documenting the history of Illinois State University and its campus community.

View the Historical Photos

The Vidette Digital Archives

This database currently holds issues of the Illinois State University student newspaper from February 1888 to 1980.

The Vidette

Academic Senate Minutes

Housed at ISU ReD, the digitized minutes of the university's Academic Senate run from 1944 to present (except for the previous and current terms). View the most recent minutes of the Academic Senate.

View all Academic Senate Minutes

Strategic Plans

Two of the university's long-term strategic plans, Educating Illinois, 2000-2007: An Action Plan for Distinctiveness and Excellence and Educate-Connect-Elevate, 2018-2023: Illinois State--The Strategic Plan for Illinois' First Public University, 2018-2023, along with their updates can be found at in ISU ReD.

View the University Strategic Plans

Online Collections

These online exhibits feature images and information about the history of the university.

Audio and Video

Listen to oral histories and watch a series of short videos that discuss the history of ISU