University of Illinois Early History Collection, 1853-1962
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Brief Description: University of Illinois Early History Collection gathered by Icko Iben includes manuscripts, documents, newsclippings, photographs and correspondence regarding the founding and location of the university, the Morrill Land Grant, the Boneyard, military and home economics departments, UI semi-centennial (1918), university president's office furniture, Thomas J. Burrill, J. O. Cunningham, Hiram J. Dunlap, Jesse W. Fell, John M. Gregory, Clark R. Griggs, Edmund James, Bronson Murray, Virgil V. Phelps, William L. Pillsbury, Jonathon C. Stoughton, Lorado Taft, and the Turner-Wallace episode regarding Knox and Monmouth College's opposition to the establishment of the Illinois Industrial University.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 35/3/125
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Departmental Library Services
Volume: 0.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 8/1990
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Arrangement: Alphabetically by subject
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Departmental Library Services :

Public services of the Campus Library are units that deal directly with the library user. Their chief functions are service and selection of material. Those responsibilities include circulation, reference, bibliographic aids, and inter-library loans. A major part of public services are the operations of the various departmental or branch libraries, which in 1975 totaled thirty-seven. Most of them are organized according to the departmental structure of the University, though many are combined with related fields of interest. Included with the libraries are those with specialized tasks, such as the undergraduate library, rare book room, archives, newspaper library, and the Illinois historical survey.1 The branch and departmental libraries have grown and contracted over the years, sometimes combining with or dividing from collections devoted to similar disciplines.2 Health sciences, the archives, music, map, and geology libraries are among the branches that perform processing activities, although technical services handles material for most libraries.3 The term public service departments has existed since 1944, and the office of assistant university librarian for public service originated in 1945.4 Public service units developed from the reference and loan departments, which were two of the five main divisions of the Campus Library in 1916.5

1. Graduate Course Catalog, 1974/76, pp. 9-11; Library Annual Report, 1974-75, pp. 5-6.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 28th Report, June 30, 1916, p. 25; Board of Trustees Transactions, 37th Report, June 15, 1934, pp. 355-56.

3. Library Annual Report, 1974-75, p. 8-9.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 43rd Report, June 27, 1946, and appendix, June 19, 1944, p. 794.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 28th Report, June 30, 1916, p. 25.

Subject Index
Home Economics Department
Knox College
Land Grant Universities
Presidents, University
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936
University History
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]