Image Databases

The following resources are databases that Ames Library subscribes to on behalf of students, faculty and staff.  If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to login to IWU's proxy server to access these resources using your IWU NetID and password.  If you have questions, please call the Help@Ames Desk at 556-3900.

A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images from universities and museums around the world and tools to actively use the images.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
An online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.

30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture from collections such as; the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt.

IWU Image and Text Collections

The collections below contain materials from IWU's archives or represent faculty research and scholarship. 

The Ames Library Art Collection
Works donated by faculty and friends of the library and purchased from Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts students are part of the library's art collection. Since 1996, the Illinois Wesleyan University Library has purchased student works annually at the Senior Art Exhibition.

Argus and other student and alumni news publications (1870 - present)
This collection consists of The Argus and ten earlier titles published by students and alumni of Illinois Wesleyan University. These records hold the opinions and artistry of students, alumni, faculty and administrators in the form of news about campus events, orations and essays spanning nearly every year from 1870 to the present.

David & Sarah Davis Family Correspondence (1800 - 1886)

The correspondence between David and Sarah Davis and their correspondence with their distinguished contemporaries is rich in nineteenth-century social, political, economic and cultural history. Transcripts of the originals are collected here and constitute a unique and rare resource. They reunite in one collection a large number of letters that have been scattered in at least eight archives throughout the United States. As of fall 2016, there are over 700 items in the collection; it is expected that the total quantity will reach 1500-1800 letters when complete. The Ames Library coordinates this undertaking by staff of the David Davis Mansion, Bloomington, IL.

Florence Ralph and Marion Bird Correspondence Collection (1925-1930)
Over 900 handwritten letters between IWU alumna Florence Ralph (’30) and Marion T. Bird are contained in this collection. The letters cover a wide range of topics from faith to politics, school activities, local events, family and more — all the details young people might share during a long courtship during a tumultuous time in American history. The letters in this collection have not been transcribed at this time. Readers are welcome to contribute transcriptions they create or additional subject headings they identify to

IWU Bulletins (1902-1986)
The Bulletin of Illinois Wesleyan University was published to convey news and images of the campus to alumni, faculty, staff, students and prospective students. The issues contained in this collection span the years 1902-1986 and represent most of the holdings of the University Archives.

IWU Historical Collections
Through photographs, documents and film these selections from records located in the University Archives illustrate some of the growth and changes to Illinois Wesleyan University since its founding in 1850. Background information for many of the photographs (approximate dates, names, etc.) is missing. If you have corrections or additional contributions, please contact us.

John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery
This collection of over 100 specimens of pottery and a few wooden and basketry objects was presented to Illinois Wesleyan University in the mid-1880's. Virtual visitors will find still images and descriptions of each object through the link above. An exhibit guide allows on-site visitors to read details about the objects in this collection as they walk among the cases in the John Wesley Powell Rotunda on the entry level of the Ames Library.

Letters Received by the Powell Survey 1869-1879
John Wesley Powell was a professor of natural sciences at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1865 to 1868. In the summers of 1867 and 1868, Powell led students and amateur scientists on collecting expeditions to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In 1869 he led an exploring party of 10 men in four boats down the Green and Colorado Rivers, through Grand Canyon, and into the pages of history.

Pembroke Windows at The Ames Library
Sixteen windows from Pembroke College, Oxford are major features of the Bates & Merwin Reading Room on the fourth floor of The Ames Library.  Seen hanging around the rotunda, these panels carry with them a great deal of the history of Oxford and the United Kingdom.  Each glass panel represents the armorial bearings of individuals associated with Pembroke College.

The Ames School of Art Faculty Biennial Collection
This collection represents the creative work of the School of Art faculty.  The collection can be viewed by year and by artist.

Swahili Expressive Arts Collection
The Swahili Expressive Arts collection represents the research and scholarship of Professor Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University.

Wesleyana Yearbook Collection (1895-present)
The Wesleyana was IWU's student-funded and student-produced yearbook. The first volume was published in 1895 and the next one was completed in 1905. There were no volumes published from 2001-2009. Publishing resumed in 2010 and ended again in 2012. The final volume is available in print only. All print copies are available in Archives & Special Collections on the Ames library's 4th floor.

World War II Correspondence
A collection of letters written by former IWU faculty member Fred "Bud" Brian (Class of 1950) to members of his family during his time in the Army Air Corps: 1943-1945. Many of these letters contain drawings and some have photographs and telegrams associated with them.