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General Description & Policies
The Special Collections Department of the Cunningham Memorial Library holds the University's unique physical and digital collections. Special Collections consists of four units: Rare Books & Manuscripts, University Archives, Digital Initiatives, and the Permanent Art Collection. These four units hold, preserve, and make accessible art, University's history, local history collections, the world-famous Cordell Dictionary Collection, Rare Book collections on a variety of subjects, and provide digitization and data management support for the Universitys Institutional Repository, Sycamore Scholars, and the community digital memory project, Wabash Valley Visions and Voices.
Hours Open to Public
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Except for observed holidays
Call 812/237-2610 or e-mail a member of the department to arrange for tours or to inquire about access to the department.
Rare Books & Manuscripts
ISU's Special Collections Department houses 13 major collections and several repositories that contain books, manuscripts, pamphlets, prints, photographs, maps, and memorabilia. We are open to the public.
The University Archives serves as the designated repository for material of historic, legal or administrative value. We collect, preserve, and make accessible a wide variety of material ranging from ISUs foundation in 1865 to the present.
Permanent Art Collection
Containing approximately 4,000 works of art, the Permanent Art Collection is available to classes and the public any time through a searchable online database or in person upon request.
Digital Initiatives is a part of the Special Collections Department of the Cunningham Memorial Library. Digital Initiatives includes the Digitization Laboratory, where we digitize photos, documents, slides, as well as audio and visual items. We are also the home of Sycamore Scholars and Wabash Valley Visions and Voices Digital Memory Project.
Resources and Services
If you would like to work with Special Collections staff and resources, please follow the link to learn more about our Reading Room policies and procedures, how to arrange a class visit or class assignment using our resources, and to learn about other Special Collections services and policies.
Special Collections staff use our collections to create exhibits three times a year. Exhibits can be found on the 3rd floor of the Cunningham Memorial Library, as well as online. Come back each semester to see the new exhibit or follow the link to see past and current exhibits online!.