Online Collections

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When possible SCRC works to make available digital versions of materials from its manuscript, university archives and rare book collections.  Some of these are directly accessible through various portals while others can be searched within the CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) Digital Collections repository or OpenSIUC, our institutional repository.

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. These digitized materials document southern Illinois politics, culture, and history, American philosophy, theater history, and the history of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU).

Copyright and Citation

Southern Illinois University does not control copyright for many of these items.  Images are made available for individual viewing and educational purposes only such as personal study, teacher preparation, and research.  The reproduction, distribution, public display or other re-use of any content beyond a fair use as codified in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law is at the user's own risk.

Preferred citation: [Item, Collection name], Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The following is an alphabetical list of digital resources.  Researchers may view the original items in our reading room.

Annual Catalog, Southern Illinois Normal Unversity (1874-1917)

Board of Trustees annual reports

"Bucky" (R. Buckminster) Fuller film, "The World Game"

Ten 16-millimeter black and white analog films, each approximately 30 minutes long, recording a 1969 summer seminar at the New York Studio School given by R. Buckminster Fuller with the guidance of Edwin Schlossberg.

Bulletin, Southern Illinois Normal University (1907-   )

The Bulletins are the course catalogs of Southern Illinois University.

Carbondale Remembered Oral History

Audio recordings and transcripts of oral histories conducted with local Carbondale, Illinois residences.

Commencement Programs

Daily Egyptian

An ongoing project providing access to digitized Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  The scans are created from the best quality microfilm available and converted into PDF format.

Daily Egyptian Diversity News Archive

A selection of Daily Egyptian newspaper articles featuring stories on minority students.

Darwin Reid Payne Theater Collection

A collection of the digitized scenographic renderings and stage models created by former Southern Illinois University theater professor Darwin Reid Payne.

Doc Horrell Photo Collection

Images related to the life and work of coal miners, as well as the coal industry in Southern Illinois.


Publication of Morris Library, SIUC, from 1973 to 1985, highlighting collections of the library.

"Insight" (WRAJ) Radio Recordings

"Insight," a public affairs program, was broadcast on radio station WRAJ in Anna (Union County), Illinois, between 1965 and 1977.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive serves as the platform for many of the digital resources on this list, including the university's yearbooks, annual catalogs and Board of Trustees reports, commencement programs and other serial and individual works.

Katherine Dunham Haitian field recordings


Voodoo (Vodun) rhythms and music recorded during Katherine Dunham's graduate field work in Haiti in the mid-1930s

Katherine Dunham clippings and other printed material

Images and transcriptions of newspaper clippings and other printed materials from the Katherine Dunham papers

Mordecai Gorelik Theater Collection

A collection of the digitized scenographic renderings and stage models created by former Southern Illinois University theater professor Mordecai Gorelik.

Obelisk, Obelisk II, and Sphinx (yearbooks) and here

Open Court Journal and here

The Open Court, published between 1887 and 1936, was "devoted to the science of religion, the religion of science, and the extension of the religious parliament idea.”

Photograph Collections

Including photographs from the collections of John Dewey, Caresse Crosby, Katherine Dunham, John W. Allen, Ned Trovillion, Jeanne Hurley Simon, Paul Simon, and James Joyce.

Quarter Centennial of Southern Illinois Normal University and here

"A record of all the early facts connected with the founding, early struggles, and growth" of Southern Illinois State Normal University (later Southern Illinois University Carbondale).  Published in 1899

Rare Books and here

19th century Illinois related monographs

SIUC Photographs

Historic pictures documenting Southern Illinois University Carbondale history, including sports, faculty and staff, presidents and chancellors, student life and organizations, campus events, buildings, and campus aerial photographs.

SIU on Historypin

Digitized postcards and historic photographs of old buildings and street scenes pinned to a Google map at their current or former location.  These images depict Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the city of Carbondale, the city of Murphysboro, and other Southern Illinois cities and towns.

Southern Illinois Civil War

This digital collection assembles handwritten letters, diaries, and military orders spanning the era before, during, and after the American Civil War (1861-1865). The collection documents the southern Illinois experience of the war, and spotlights life on the homefront from the perspective of two women whose husbands served in the Fifth Illinois Cavalry.