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About the collections



The digital collections of the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are built from the rich special collections of its Rare Book & Manuscript Library; Illinois History and Lincoln Collection, University Archives; Map Library; and Sousa Archives & Center for American Music, among other units.

The collections include historic photographs; maps; prints and watercolors; bookplates; architectural drawings and blueprints; letters and other archival materials; videos; political cartoons; and advertisements. They cover a wide range of subject areas including Illinois and American history, music, theater history, and the history of the University of Illinois, among others.  The Library’s digital collections provide access to some of its most unique holdings for teaching, learning, and research for students, scholars and the general public.

The Library contributes collaboratively to local, national, and international digital initiatives, such as the Digital Public Library of America and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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