New Collections Digitized in University Archives

Brookens Library Construction -  1975
Construction of Brookens Library and PAC, ca 1975. From the “Library Media Services Slides: 1960’s-1989” collection.

The University Archives has been busy digitizing and making available online a variety of its collections which includes several different series of slides. Click on the links below to view the newly digitized collections.

 S2/1. Library Media Services Slides: SSU, Springfield sites and events, 1957-1987

Includes photos related to Sangamon State University campus scenes, presentations for the Illinois Board of Education, a presentation by former SSU student Judith Haynes entitled “Good and Useful Lives: People of the Sangamon,” the LGPA Rail Classic in 1983, various colleges in the area (including Millikin University, Blackburn College, Illinois College), Brookens Library, previous SSU Presidents (Dr. Durward Long, Dr. Alex Lacy, Dr. Robert Spencer), SSU construction, activities at the Clayville Rural Life Center, and the SSU sponsored Computer Camp in the mid-1980s

S2/2. Library Media Services Slides: SSU, Springfield sites and events, 1960s-1989

Includes photos related to Sangamon State University campus scenes, SSU Auditorium performances and events, SSU graduations, Illinois Issues 10th anniversary, SSU Founder’s Day Celebration in 1985, events with previous SSU Presidents (Dr. Durward Long, Dr. Alex Lacy, Dr. Robert Spencer), SSU construction, previous SSU soccer coach Aydin Gionulsen, local politicians (Paul Simon, Jesse Jackson, Philip J. Rock), and SSU fall festivals.

 

Ancestry.com Making Changes June 15th

Ancestry.com, the popular online geneology tool, is part of our resource offerings at Brookens Library. Please note the following changes in support provided by Ancestry.com:

Effective June 15th, Ancestry.com will no longer be supporting Internet Explorer 8. If you are still using Windows XP, this means that your operating system will no longer be supported by Ancestry.com. It is recommended that you update your operating system to Windows 7 or higher, as Ancestry.com has said it plans in the coming months to phase out support for all versions of Internet Explorer other than Internet Explorer 11. An alternative to updating your browser or operating system is to use one of the several other supported browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
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New Tim Rice Musical Show Draws on Material in Archives/Special Collections

From here to eternity photoOn October 23, a new stage musical opened in the Shaftsbury Theatre in London’s West End. The musical, From Here to Eternity, was based on the bestselling and award-winning 1951 novel by Illinois author James Jones. The lyricist for the musical is Tim Rice, famous for blockbuster shows like The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita.

The production drew upon photographs from the Handy Colony Collection in the Archives/Special Collections department of Brookens Library, not only for use in publicity material, but to help create authentic costumes for the solders featured in the show.

The book of the musical was based on a new unexpurgated edition of James Jones’s From Here to Eternity, created by George Hendrick, a Professor Emeritus of English at UIUC. This new edition (published in 2011 as an e-book by Open Roads Media and as a trade paperback and e-book by Random House) also drew extensively on material contained in the UIS Archives.

From Here To Eternity ArticleThe Handy Colony Collection was acquired by the University in 1984 and was processed by UIS Archivist Thomas J Wood and his staff in the following years. The large collection (filling 77 archives boxes of various sizes) was in considerably disarray when received and took over four years to arrange and process.

James Jones, the Handy Colony Collection and the musical From Here to Eternity are also featured in the latest issue (Fall 2013) of UIS Alumni Magazine.

Read the UIS Alumni Magizine article about “How a bedroom-sized collection of papers and artifacts of acclaimed novelist James Jones made their way to UIS”

Visit the From Here to Eternity The Musical Website