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Special Collections: University Archives

The Special Collections Department of the Cunningham Memorial Library holds the University's unique physical and digital collections. Special Collections consists of three units: Rare Books & Manuscripts, University Archives, and the Permanent Art Collect

University Archives

University Archives

The University Archives serves as the designated repository for the Indiana State University community, preserving and providing access to material relevant to the historical and administrative history of ISU.
Researchers, students, classes, and the curious are welcome to view our collection in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Cunningham Memorial Library during regular business hours
(see Research and Reproductions page for further information). Please contact University Archives staff at least 24 business hours in advance to view material.

UA - Research & Reproductions

Research & Reproductions

University Archives houses a variety of material from university offices, alumni, and students. Click the links or images below to start searching our history.

Search Our History

Donate/Transfer and Retention

Donate/Transfer and Retention 

As the official repository for Indiana State University the University Archives takes various records from offices around campus, as well as material from student organizations, alumni, and others who have material on the history and life of ISU.

More on Donating/Transfering



The Department provides experiential learning opportunities for faculty and their classes throughout the semester. Please feel free to contact the Chair or other staff members at (812) 237-2610 about setting up appointments for a session.

Experiential learning opportunities for supporting course curricula include:

  • Tours and special presentations
  • Hands-on examination of early materials
  • Resource guides to collections
  • Individualized instruction
  • Student interaction with exhibitions

Tours are also available for community groups and others interested in informational sessions regarding the collections, their history and background, and their relevance to today.

More about Classes & Tours

Class Module Examples

(designed for ONE class period)

  • Analyze perspective through French Revolution text by examining author's and audiences' points of view.
  • Understanding how to read visual material by examining the artwork, documents, and background surrounding a controversial exhibit at.
  • Critically read documents on a topic to examine the purpose, audience, and information from a small collection of ISU historical documents.
  • Construct narratives of events by examining documents from a controversial moment at ISU from different perspectives.

Internship Opporunities

Archives, Internship, student workers, scanning

If you are looking to learn more about what it is like working in an Archives, contact the University Archivist about internship possibilities.


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