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University Archives

The University Archives, located in Room 1700, contains those publications and records that have historical or research value pertaining to Eastern Illinois University.

  • Research assistance and inventory lists are available at the Archives.
  • Contact: 217-581-7552 or archives@eiu.edu
  • Hours:  Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  However, persons are urged to call before visiting the Archives.
  • Archival materials include such items as administrative records, faculty publications, photographs, and EIU memorabilia.



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Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments. The IRAD depository at EIU, located in Room 1700, contains records of historical and genealogical significance from various governmental units in East-central Illinois.

  • IRAD materials include such items as vital records, land records, wills, probate records, and jail registers.
  • An inventory of the records housed at the other IRAD depositories also is available.
  • IRAD, managed by the State Archives in Springfield, operates out of the University Archives.
  • Contact: 217-581-6093
  • Hours:  9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except state holidays.  However, the IRAD depository is staffed by graduate student interns.  To avoid disappointment, please call in advance of your visit.