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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
  • 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

  • Depository hours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Friday except state holidays. Appointments may also be available 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Summer hours will be in effect June 1st through July 31st, 2018
Monday- 9am to 1 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm
Thursday 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Friday 9 am to 1 pm

The IRAD depository is staffed by graduate student interns, and hours may periodically be subject to change. Please call in advance of your visit to confirm hours.