Brief History of the University of Illinois

My first meaty post will be in honor of our founding archivist Maynard Brichford.  The text below was written by Maynard in 1970 and was revised on June 1, 1983.  The figures cited are valid as of 1983.

The history of the University of Illinois is the history of over 250,000 people who have studied, taught and worked at the University and several million Illinois taxpayers who make annual investments in higher education. Continue reading “Brief History of the University of Illinois”



Squirrel in tree, circa 1912
Found in University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Photo-Gravures, ca. 1912
This image is in the public domain.

Love them or hate them, everyone knows that squirrels are a fixture on the UIUC campus, and especially on the Quad.  And why wouldn’ t they stick around, with all the friendly students throwing food their way?  What you may not know is how they came to campus in the first place.

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