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Faculty Research

University of Illinois System COVID-19 Documentation Project

COVID-19 Documentation Project

This project seeks to document the stories of the University of Illinois System and its partners’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project aims to collect first-hand accounts, photographs, research materials, and other documentation from the individuals who led the system and its surrounding communities through this unprecedented emergency.


Roger Ebert and the University of Illinois

Roger Ebert was not a typical University of Illinois student.

His studies and experiences laid a foundation for his future, as they do for most students. But, unlike most students, they also shaped the university.

We invite you to immerse yourself in Roger’s story.


Web Archiving

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Usability Testing

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Grant Projects

Heinz von Foerster (left) and W. Ross Ashby (right), found in record series 39/1/11, box 3.

The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project

The University of Illinois Archives has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop a prototype web-portal and analysis-engine to provide access to archival material related to the development of the iconic, multi-disciplinary field of cybernetics. The grant is part of the NEH’s Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations program. The project, entitled “The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project,” is a collaborative effort among several academic units at the University of Illinois (U of I) and three other institutions that also maintain archival records vital to the exploration of cybernetic history: the British Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to supporting the development of a web-portal and analysis-engine, the award will enable the multi-institutional team to begin digitizing some of the archival records related to the pioneering work of U of I Electrical Engineering Professor Heinz von Foerster and his fellow cyberneticians W. Ross Ashby (also a former U of I Electrical Engineering faculty member), Warren S. McCulloch, and Norbert Wiener.

To learn more about the project, visit: https://archives.library.illinois.edu/thought-collective/.

“The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

From Margin to Center: Reframing the History of Women in Computing and Information Technology through Oral Histories

Computer typewriter operator Caroline Brown, found in record series 39/2/20, box 177.

The ACM History Committee has generously funded a one-year oral history project to capture the voices and stories of women in computing, contribute to research materials on ACM, and, more generally contribute to documentation projects on women in computing and STEM. From May 2017 through April 2018, archivist Bethany Anderson will conduct six oral history interviews with women faculty in the Department of Computer Science and IT professionals on campus. With the help of a graduate assistant, the interviews will be transcribed and indexed in the University of Illinois Archives’ new oral history portal, “Voice of Illinois,” using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS). All interviews will also be preserved in the University of Illinois Library’s long-term digital preservation repository, Medusa.