Coal Mining in Southern Illinois

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in Morris Library holds the work of photographer C. William "Doc" Horrell.

Collaborative Projects

The Special Collections Research Center has worked with other organization to produce a number of online resources.

Course Reserves & E-reserves

Often instructors make texts for courses available to students through Morris Library. Search for a course in our catalog to see what the instructor has placed on reserve.

Daily Egyptian Diversity News Index

The Special Collections Research Center has digitized a collection of article and images from the Daily Egyptian about the history of minority campus populations.

Digital Collections

Scanned photographs and text enhance and support each of SCRC's collection areas, offering a way to view primary sources online from anywhere in the world.

Dissertations & Theses

All dissertations and theses written for SIUC are available through Morris Library, either online or in print. You may also search for dissertations from other schools.


Morris Library provides access to a number of ebooks from various publishers.

Geospatial Resources

Morris Library's Geospatial Resources area includes the Map Library and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) services.

Government Information

Morris Library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the Government documents is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois State Archives administers the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system to manage the archival records of local governments.

Instructional Materials Center (IMC)

The IMC houses educational resources that provide curriculum and instructional experiences for PreK-12 students.

Manuscript Collections

The Manuscripts section includes personal and family papers, business and institutional records, and over 80 photograph collections.

Material Types

Morris Library offers audio recordings, CD-ROMs, dissertations, theses, government documents, images, posters, games, maps, aerial photographs, microforms, video recordings, music scores, music rec


Morris Library has an extensive collection of DVDs, VHS tapes, and Blu-rays that you may check out.

Online Exhibits

The Special Collections Research Center has created a number of digital media exhibits.


OpenSIUC is an institutional repository offering permanent, reliable, and free access to research and scholarly material produced at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Political Papers Collections

Housing the political papers of several significant local, regional, state and national politicians and political appointees, as well as the records of several regional governmental and political a

Purchase Recommendation

Suggest that Morris Library purchase an item for its collection.

Rare Book Collections

The Rare Books unit holds over 100,000 volumes and a small collection of complementary serials and audiovisual materials.

SCRC Collection Guides

Detailed guides to certain SCRC collections are available online. Some of them are grouped by subject, while some of them focus on one collection.

Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) of the Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) collects and preserves unique and rare historical materials in selected subject

University Archives Collections

University Archives preserve the academic, athletic and administrative legacy of the university from 1874 to the present.

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