Student Life, 1934

The Louis and Ruth Wright Papers span a mere .5 cubic feet in the Archives, but located within these personal papers are invaluable records of student life in the 1930s.   Three amateur silent films give a glimpse of campus during the early Twentieth century.

Until recently, the only way to view these films was to visit the University Archives.   Thanks to the Library’s media preservation office, they are now available to anyone with an internet connection.

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Food is a Weapon of War

Food production in the United States in 1943 was approximately 32 percent larger than the annual production from 1935-39, the years preceding World War II.  Despite labor shortages, inadequate amounts of new machinery and scarcities of other kinds, both farmers and ordinary citizens put forth effort to produce the food needed to meet the country’s need. Continue reading “Food is a Weapon of War”

Working for the University Archives

Hello, my name is Zaynaib Giwa but everyone calls me Ola for short. I just started my stint at the University Archives during the beginning of this fall semester. I was entrusted with the task of organizing and converting the University Board of Trustees (BOT) meetings into PDF/A documents.

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Illini Nellie

The University of Illinois has produced its fair share of famous and successful individuals since its founding in 1867.  None gained such unlikely fame as Illini Nellie, a Brown Swiss Cow. This bovine brought renown to the Dairy Science department–and became famous in her own right–for producing world record-setting amounts of milk.  According to The Daily Illini writer Ken Herron, “Illini Nellie was almost as much of a landmark to campus visitors as the Stadium or the Alma Mater statue.” Continue reading “Illini Nellie”