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).
In partnership with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, SCRC has added many of its materials to the Internet Archive Texts database. These include SIU history materials such as
- yearbooks and Board of Trustees minutes,
- rare books related to Illinois history, and
- issues of the Open Court Journal.
Publications produced by or written about SIU include
- a partial run of the student annuals, Sphinx and Obelisk,
- the Quarter Centennial Anniversary Souvenir book, and
- a Morris Library journal, ICarbS, chronicling Special Collections.
A limited number of rare books and medieval manuscript fragments are available in CARLI Digital Collections.
There are also several items from the rare book collection, particularly related to Illinois history, available in the Internet Archive.
SIU Carbondale Faculty
Articles from the Katherine Dunham Papers complement the digitized Dunham photograph collections.
Articles from SIU's Daily Egyptian student newspaper chronicle the experience of SIU's minority campus populations.
Letters, diaries, and military correspondence from the American Civil War (1861-1865) document the impact of the conflict on southern Illinois, including two women whose husbands served in the Fifth Illinois Cavalry.
Taken by amateur and professional photographers alike, including the collections listed below. For more information about other photograph collections, please see our Photograph Collection Finding Aids.
Manuscript Collection Photographs
- John Dewey,
- James Joyce,
- Caresse Crosby, and
- Elsie Ripley Clapp collections.
- Southern Illinois people, places, and events captured by noted local photographer Ned Trovillion.
Political Papers Photographs
From the papers of
SIU Faculty Photographs
SIU Campus Photographs and photos from the
C. William "Doc" Horrell documented the southern Illinois coal mines and those who worked in them.
Over 1000 scene designs, costume renderings and illustrations by Broadway designer Mordecai Gorelik and scenographer Darwin Payne. The Gorelik digital collection was made possible by through a grant from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
African-American anthropologist, dancer, choreographer, and educator Katherine Dunham documented voudun (voodoo) ceremonies on wax cylinders as part of her field research in Haiti in the 1930s. Some forty of these unique and irreplaceable recordings have been digitized and made available as part of Katherine Dunham's Papers at SCRC.
"Insight," a public affairs program, was broadcast on radio station WRAJ in Anna (Union County), Illinois, between 1965 and 1977. Don Michel hosted "Insight" and interviewed interesting people both in WRAJ's studios and on location around the U.S. The collection of 514 interviews includes such national celebrities as Walter Cronkite, Bob Hope, Arthur Godfrey, Colonel Sanders, Nancy Reagan, and Ralph Nader. Michel also interviewed local figures, from Anna church elders to the chief of police to the winner of a youth competition at the Anna fair. Southern Illinois University figures on record include Delyte Morris, John Y. Simon, and Buckminster Fuller. Michel also interviewed returning Vietnam veterans and former prisoners of war, and had a special interest in the Kennedy assassination and subsequent investigations, interviewing many participants. Together, this collection of interviews brings to life the social, cultural, and political currents of the 1960s and 1970s in southern Illinois and beyond.