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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!

Rayfield/Dallinger Fund

Rayfield/Dallinger Fund

With your financial support, we can accomplish a variety of goals:

  • Acquire technology that helps us make collection materials more accessible
  • Invest in technology that showcases materials from our repository and tells ISU's story to a wider audience
  • Purchase archival tools and supplies that help us better preserve ISU's history
  • Buy ISU memorabilia to enrich our collections
  • Educate the next generation of archivists by providing them with the technology and tools they need to hone their skills
  • Help researchers tell our story by providing small stipends or research funds

Help us preserve ISU's history by donating to the Rayfield/Dallinger Fund today! 

Purchase a Photographic Book on ISU's History

Illinois State University by April Karlene Anderson-Zorn

Illinois State University was founded in 1857 as Illinois's first public higher education institution. Initially named Illinois State Normal University (ISNU) due to its mission to train teachers, the university gained early national recognition for its work in developing educational philosophies. One of those philosophies, Herbartianism, was brought to ISNU in the 1890s and was cultivated by some of the profession's leading educators, including Charles DeGarmo, head of modern languages and reading at the university. ISNU celebrated 100 years of service in 1957 and, on January 1, 1964, dropped "normal" from its name. Now known as Illinois State University, the institution offers over 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs ranging from the humanities to the sciences and nursing within its six colleges. With an enrollment of over 20,000 students and over 200,000 alumni, Redbird Nation continues to thrive as it moves toward its third century of academic excellence.

With your purchase of Illinois State University, you are helping to support both the Rayfield Archives and Milner Library in their work to help the campus in its ongoing teaching, learning, and research activities.

Follow this link to purchase a copy today!