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Rayfield (University) Archives

Your guide to all things ISU history! Search this guide for helpful research ideas, links to our online publications and resources, scheduling a class, and much more!

Using Online Archives Publications

Yearbooks

The Rayfield Archives has digitized and made available online all of the yearbooks for the university, University High School (U-High), and a number of yearbooks for the Thomas Metcalf School

For the university yearbooks, there have been three versions created throughout the university's history: The Index (1892-1972), the New Student Record (1975-1994), and the Graduate Student Record (1975-1993).  The university yearbooks were digitized in 2012 with a grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

University High School began printing their own yearbooks in 1929.  Prior to that, students at University High School were featured in The Index.

Digitized yearbooks for the Thomas Metcalf School cover 1975 to 2004, with the exception of a missing copy for the 1980-1981 school year.

Click on the yearbook to see all of the yearbooks available online.

Having trouble viewing the books?  Be sure to check out the how-to video at the top of this page.

Catalogs

Course catalogs have always been an important part of student life at Illinois State University. From course descriptions to departmental information to degree requirements, course catalogs have provided students with the information they need to make informed decisions about their education. Course catalogs are also useful to Alumni and researchers looking for information on the history of the university, departments or the development of a particular course.

Click on the catalog to the left to see all of the catalogs available online.

Having trouble using the online catalogs?  Be sure to check out the how-to video at the top of this page.

Board Reports

In it's more than 160-year history, Illinois State University has been governed by six boards.  The first, known as the Board of Education of the State of Illinois (1857-1917) established the university. With the passage of a state law called the Civil Administration Code, the board changed its name to the Normal School Board (1917-1936).  In an effort to modernize, the board again changed its name in 1937 to the Teacher's College Board (1937-1965). The board changed its name again in 1965 to the Board of Governors of the State Colleges and Universities of the State of Illinois (1965-1967). This change only lasted two years with the board eventually changing their name to the Board of Regents (1967-1995). With the passage of state Senate bill 241 in 1995, the university established its own governing board, the Illinois State University Board of Trustees.  Since 1995, all university governance matters are handled by an eight-member board, seven of which are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Illinois Senate. The eighth member is a university selected student.

Click on the board report to the left to see all of the catalogs available online.

Having trouble using the online reports? Be sure to check out the how-to video at the top of this page.

The Vidette Digital Archives

The Vidette Newspaper Archive at Milner Library holds the digitized pages of the campus newspaper of Illinois State University. The archive currently holds approximately seventy-five volumes covering issues from the first edition in February 1888 to December 1980 with additional volumes planned for inclusion. The entire run of The Vidette can be found both in microfilm and physical formats at Milner Library.

Books on ISU's History

A History of the Illinois State Normal University

The first campus history tells the story of the university from 1857 to 1882.

Semi-Centennial History of the Illinois State Normal University, 1857-1907

The second campus history tells the story of the university from 1857 to 1907.

Grandest of Enterprises: Illinois State Normal University, 1857-1957

The fourth campus history tells the story of the university from 1857 to 1957.

The Eleventh Decade: Illinois State University, 1957 - 1967

Tells the story of the university from 1957 to 1967.

A Place of Education: Illinois State University, 1967-1977

Tells the story of the university during the turbulent late 1960's and early 1970's.

The Thirteenth Decade: Illinois State University, 1977-1978

Tells the story of the university from 1977-1987.

The Fourteenth Decade: Illinois State University, 1987-1997

Tells the story of the university from 1987 to 1997.

Educating Illinois: Illinois State University, 1857-2007

Tells the story of the university from its beginning in 1857 to its centennial anniversary in 2007.

ISU Presidential History

Academic Senate Minutes

University Strategic Plans