Contributed by Nicholas Hopkins A Glimpse of the lives of American soldiers constructed with materials of the 3rdArmored Division Archives, housed at the University of Illinois Archives Research Center. Experiencing WWII from the inside of a M4 Sherman tank was famously dangerous. Henry J. Earl retells his experience with the Sherman in a 1983 letter […]
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Nearly a century ago, the Great War drastically changed the lives of servicemen and their families. Over 3,000 University of Illinois alumni and students joined the military and Dean Arkle Clark faithfully corresponded with many students, alumni, and parents about military service, war experiences, and potential University admissions. Servicemen and their families appreciated Dean Clark’s […]
In 1936, as part of the College of Agriculture Extension Service, Ruth C. Freeman from the Home Economics Department prepared the presentation Why Home Accounts Count for McLean County, in cooperation with the McLean County Home Adviser Clara Brian and account-keeping families in McLean County.
This post is based on the “University of Illinois Glee and Mandolin Clubs, 1889-1921″ exhibit currently installed at the Urbana Free Library for the 5th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival, November 1-2, 2013. Mandolin, banjo, and guitar clubs were wildly popular beginning in the late 1880s. They sprang up across the country and quickly […]
Few innovations have captured the imagination as much as the computer, and even fewer academic archives have had the opportunity to preserve its history. The University Archives houses records that chronicle not only the history of computing at the University of Illinois, but also the “campus’ past, present, and future romance with it.” Indeed, the […]
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, nineteen hijackers took control of four passenger airliners in a coordinated suicide attack against the United States. In total, almost 3,000 people died, including 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. Across the nation, immediate responses included mixtures of horror, fear, anger, and sorrow. Shortly after September 11, […]
The annual Ellnora Guitar Festival begins today at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In 1964, Illinois engineering alumnus Herman Krannert and his wife Ellnora announced plans for the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Herman, a successful entrepreneur in the corrugated fiber products industry, made generous contributions to education and the […]
This post is part five of the exhibit “Epidemic! Disease on Campus, 1918-1938.” In late February of 1938, cities and towns across the state of Illinois showed a marked increase in diagnosed smallpox cases. Ten victims appeared in the Twin Cities and the Director of the State Department of Health A.C. Baxter indicated an […]
This post is part four of the exhibit “Epidemic! Disease on Campus, 1918-1938.” Despite the progress made controlling tuberculosis in the early 20th century, it was still the leading cause of death of adolescents and young adults through the 1930s. Champaign County documented 500 cases of tuberculosis and 75 deaths from tuberculosis in 1920 alone.