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-   )

Course catalogs for SIU.

Carbondale Remembered Oral History

Audio recordings and transcripts of oral histories.

Commencement Programs

Daily Egyptian

An ongoing project providing digital access to the Daily Egyptian, SIU Carbondale's student newspaper.  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 articles featuring stories on minority students and subjects.

Darwin Reid Payne Theater Collection

Scenographic renderings and stage models created by former SIU theater professor Darwin Reid Payne.

Doc Horrell Photo Collection

Images related to the life and work of coal miners and the coal industry in southern Illinois.


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

"Insight" (WRAJ) Radio Recordings

A public affairs program 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

Anthropological research into voodoo music and rhythms recorded in the 1930s on wax cylinders.

Katherine Dunham clippings and other printed material

Mordecai Gorelik Theater Collection

Scenographic renderings and stage models created by former SIU 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

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

Rare Books and here

SIUC Photographs

SIU Carbondale history documented through photographs of university sports, faculty and staff, presidents and chancellors, student life and organizations, campus events, buildings, and campus aerial photographs.

SIU on Historypin

Postcards and historic photographs of old buildings and street scenes pinned to a Google map at their current or former location.  These images depict SIU Carbondale, the cities of Carbondale and Murphysboro, and other southern Illinois cities and towns.

SIU on YouTube

Video from the Senator Paul Simon Papers and other collections held by SCRC.

Southern Illinois Civil War

Handwritten letters, diaries, and military orders documenting the southern Illinois experience of the era before, during, and after the American Civil War (1861-1865).