Digital Collections

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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).


Scans of printed materials from all collection areas.

SCRC Collections on the Internet Archive

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.

SIU History

Publications produced by or written about SIU include

SCRC Rare Books

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.

Daily Egyptian

Editions of the Daily Egyptian, SIU’s student newspaper, are digitized and available online and are an excellent source of university and Carbondale history.

SIU Diversity News Archive

Articles from SIU's Daily Egyptian student newspaper chronicle the experience of SIU's minority campus populations.

Southern Illinois Civil War

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.

Carbondale Remembered Oral History

A joint project of the Carbondale Preservation Commission and SCRC, this collection includes 37 interviews with local residents who discuss the history of the community and the university over the course of the mid to late 20th century.  Listen in as people from all walks of life remember times and places that helped to shape the Carbondale we know today.

SCRC General Photographs

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

From the

Political Papers Photographs

From the papers of

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Historic Photographs

The SIUC Photograph collection contains pictures documenting the history of the university.  Included are pictures of buildings, campus aerial photographs, faculty and staff, student life and organizations, sports, university presidents and chancellors, and notable campus events.  Search using keywords in the search box or use the drop down box on the home page to browse by topic.  This collection is compiled from a variety of university archive photograph collections including the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Photograph Collection, Rip Stokes Photograph Collection, Ben Gelman Collection, Women's Athletic Photograph Collection, and more.  Additional content continues to be added periodically.

SIU Faculty Photographs

SIU Campus Photographs and photos from the

Doc Horrell Photo Collection

C. William "Doc" Horrell documented the southern Illinois coal mines and those who worked in them.

American Theater Collections

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.

SCRC Media

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.