Digitizing IWU History

October 16, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In the spirit of Homecoming, The Ames Library has announced the creation of a new digital image collection titled The Historical Photographs of Illinois Wesleyan University, comprised of nearly 200 foundational photographs documenting the 157-year history of IWU.

All images collected within The Ames Library’s digital collections are available for public use for educational purposes.  

Selected from the University Archives, photos of students, alumni, faculty, student groups, athletes and buildings illustrate the evolution of student life and the formation of campus identity through the years.  The online album will be continually updated with images documenting the growth and changes to the University.

In addition to providing access to image databases such as ARTstor and Saskia, The Ames Library is developing other digital image collections, including galleries devoted to student art, letters written by an alumnus during WWII, issues of the Argus student newspaper dating back to 1894, and a gallery of photos and descriptions of the Native American pottery on display in the John Wesley Powell Rotunda of The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza, Bloomington). 

The Historical Photographs gallery can be found online at http://www.iwu.edu/library/services/historical_photographs.html, and other digital image collections can be found at http://www.iwu.edu/library/resources/DigitalCollections.html

For additional information please contact Visiting Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Meg Miner at mminer@iwu.edu or Digital and Media Initiatives Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl at sdaviska@iwu.edu.

Contact: Renee K. Scherer, (309) 556-3181