This department of the library offers unique collections and programs to interested members of IWU's campus and beyond. Class visits, independent researchers and community groups are welcome. Below you will find an overview of our collections, programs and services. Use the points of contact located on the right if you need any assistance.

Spring 2018

▷ Monday - Friday 9:00 am-noon and 1:00-5:00 pm

▷ Other times by appointment
▷ Email: mminer@iwu.edu
▷ Phone: (309) 556-1538

▷ Location: 4th Floor or The Ames Library

Collections overview

IWU Archives

The University Archives contains records of our university history. This includes materials related to governing and operating the university; memorabilia (scrapbooks, dance booklets, photographs); and publications by students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

 samples from Special Collections

Special Collections holds rare and valuable materials or items that are too fragile for the main library stacks. Most collections are unrelated to the others and vary in their connection to the University.

Programs and Services

Our programs and services include research assistance with our collections, advice on records retention, preservation (physical and digital), and an Oral History program. We also host a blog for highlighting our collections and interesting topics we find in our research. Speaking engagements and visits may be arranged by contacting the archivist.


The generosity of the Illinois Wesleyan community has always been important in the collection of materials for the Archives and Special Collections. We welcome inquiries about donations of rare and historical material.

We prepared a brief slideshow about our services and collection interests. Web pages are available with details on material transfer or donations and specific advice on digital files is also available.

Our motto is "kNOw records, kNOw history." Our donors make it possible for us to acquire records from the past and to preserve and convey that knowledge to the future. Thank you!

 This department is named in honor of Catherine and Robert Tate, long-time supporters of the University. Mrs. Tate's grandmother was Caroline Rupert (a former School of Nursing Chair). Mr. Tate was a graduate of the University of Chicago.