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Pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order issued March 20, all University Library locations will be closed to the public, including our faculty and students until further notice. The University Archives will continue to provide reference services to the extent possible while we are unable to work directly with our non-digital holdings. For archives questions please e-mail, illiarch[at]illinois.edu.

For non-archives questions, the Library will endeavor to provide virtual services during this time, including online access to collections and virtual reference service. Please see library.illinois.edu/covid-19 for further information about access to library services.

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The University of Illinois Archives invites the University of Illinois community to share first-person reflections during the COVID-19 crisis. Donate photos, video recordings, artwork, or written accounts. Share Your Story Here

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Capturing Campus Life During a Pandemic - By Bethany Anderson and Jessica Ballard A photo of a desolate street. A video journal entry. A student's hip hop performance. A screenshot of a Zoom meeting. These are but a few examples of submissions that the University of Illinois Archives has received as part of a call to the campus community to share their Continue Reading

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“In the Present Uncertain Situation”: Scarlet Fever at the University of Illinois, 1914 - As life drastically changes for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois and across the country, it may help to remember that this is not the first time that the University has faced a disruptive health crisis. Multiple outbreaks have peppered the University’s past, including the flu, smallpox, and scarlet fever. In 1914, Continue Reading


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