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University Museum and University Art Galleries records


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Archaeological and Research Reports

Administrative Papers

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Title: University Museum and University Art Galleries records, 1937-2016Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 36/RG 36

Primary Creator: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. University Museum and Art Galleries.

Other Creators: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. University Museum.

Extent: 5.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in 2 series: 1. Archaeological and Research Reports, 1937-1985.  2. Administrative Papers, 1946-2015.

Subjects: Archaeology - Central America, Archaeology - Illinois, Archaeology - West (U.S.), College museums - Illinois - Carbondale

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The University Museum and University Art Galleries records document the museum's archaeological and historical research activities, as well as past exhibitions and administrative functions.  The records date from 1937-2015 but the bulk of the materials date from the 1960s and 1970s.  The collection is arranged in two series.  Series 1 comprises Archaeological and Research Reports, 1937-1985.  These reports focus on Illinois, Central America, and the American southwest.  Series 2 is composed of Administrative Papers from 1946-2015 and includes exhibit brochures, annual reports, and historical background information about the museum.  No serial run of the research reports, annual reports, and newsletters are complete.

Biographical Note

The University Museum occupies the first floor of the north wing of Faner Hall. It has 10,000 square feet of exhibition space in two halls, North and South. The University Museum serves Southern Illinois University Carbondale and its many constituencies, near and far, as a steward of the past and a gateway to the future.

From 1869 to 1874 Dr. Cyrus Thomas was charged to assemble a University Museum for Southern Illinois Normal University.  Thomas was a nationally known entomologist, an attorney in Murphysboro, brother-in-law to General John A. Logan, principal for the school at DeSoto, and a minister in the Lutheran Church.  He became the Curator of the Museum, Professor of Natural Science and the State Entomologist.  The Museum formally opened to the public in 1874 and was located in the first Old Main Building, also called Old Normal.  George Hazen French was the Museum's second curator (1879-1917).  In 1883 the Normal Building and the Museum collections burned.  Both were replaced in the new "Old" Main in 1887. Since then, it has occupied 11 different locations across campus, the University Museum has been relocated numerous times: to Old Main (1887-1896 and 1911- 1936 and 1967-1969), to Altgeld Hall (1897-1911 and 1955-1967), to Parkinson Laboratory (1936-1955), and since 1974 to Faner Hall.

From 1938-1942, Works Projects Administration workers were located at the University to create permanent exhibits and handsome new wood exhibition cases (none of which survive), preparing bird and mammal specimens, pioneer dioramas of Southern Illinois (on exhibit almost continuously ever since), and loan materials for area schools.  As many as twenty-eight workers were busy on Museum projects, working in the basement of Altgeld.  This period also saw a greater emphasis placed on history, particularly local history that flourished under local historian John Willis Allen (author of Legends and Lore of Southern Illinois and many newspaper columns), who began as a WPA worker and became director from 1943-1950.  Increased emphasis was also given to archaeological work in the area, particularly in cooperation with research by the University of Chicago.

The museum storage building on McLafferty Road was built in 1971.  This decade saw the establishment of the Museum Studies minor program and a friends group.  1977: The University Museum and Art Gallery was accredited by the American Association of Museums, one of the early recipients of this national recognition.  Also in this year, the Museum's archaeological collections were moved to the newly created Center for Archaeological Investigations with research and personnel transferred to the CAI.  In 1975 the University Museum and the University Art Galleries were combined into one administrative unit responsible to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research Services, the Museum called "The University Museum and Art Gallery", And lastly in 1985 Museum's name was changed from University Museum and Art Galleries to the University Museum.

The American Association of Museums has accredited the University Museum since 1977, and re-accredited it in, 1987, and in 2000 .  In 2006  the Museum received the American Association for State and Local History's Award of Excellence in Exhibits for "Words, Wood & Wire: The History of Southern Illinois as told through Folk Songs & Musical Instruments," curated by Linda Smith.  The Museum founded SIAM, Southern Illinois Association of Museums, with colleagues from Carterville and Murphysboro.

Subject/Index Terms

Archaeology - Central America
Archaeology - Illinois
Archaeology - West (U.S.)
College museums - Illinois - Carbondale

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Accession 2014_016 transfer from University Museum on April 9, 2014.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Original accession unknown.

Acquisition Method: Transfer from University Museum.

Related Materials: There are additional records related to the University Museum in the Office of the President records.

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], University Museum and University Art Galleries, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed by Hazhar Amin in August 2015.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 2: Administrative Papers, 1946-2016],

Series 2: Administrative Papers, 1946-2016Add to your cart.
This series includes brochures, pamphlets, calendars of exhibitions, newsletters, catalogues, guides, special publications about museum contributions and historical background. Additionally, annual administrative reports about research studies and projects including planning papers, mission statements, and policies of the University Museum Advisory and Program Committee can be found in this group. Minutes of the Museum Advisory Committee and meeting agendas from 1969-1970 are also included.
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Volume 1: Guide for the University Museum Altgeld Hall - Southern Illinois University Carbondale , Illinois, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Volume 2: Staff Development and Needs of the University Museum , 1963Add to your cart.
Volume 3: The Bold Tradition Art of Mexico and New Guinea: An IBM Touring Exhibition From the Permanent Collection Department of Arts and Science, 1967 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Volume 4: University Museum (General Guide), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Annual -The University Museum, 2014-2017Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Our Museum - A special Publication Dedicated to a More Understanding of Southern Illinois, 1946-1947Add to your cart.

September 1946

Volume 1 No. 1 January 1947

Volume 1 No. 2 April 1947

Volume 1 No. 3 July 1947

Folder 3: The University Museum - News Letters, 1978-2011Add to your cart.

The University Museum News Letters about University Museum and art Galleries

Museum: Volume 1, No.5 Winter 1978-1979

The University Museum: Fall 2009

The University Museum: fall 2010

University Museum: Spring 2011

Folder 4: The First Hundred Years: University Museum, Southern Ilinois University at Carbondale by William L. Johnson, 1978 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: University Museum: Policies and Mission Statements, 1952-1986Add to your cart.

New Museum in Southern Illinois 1952 (Primary Objectives of the Museum, History of Museum)

Future Museum prepared by B.C. Hedrick (Definition of Museum, Basic Functions of Museum)

Working papers 1979 January

Acquisition Policy Statement 1979

Mission Statement 1986

Folder 6: University Museum Advisory and Program Committee: Minuets of Meetings, and Agenda, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Museum Guides and Proceduers, 1964-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Exhibit Notes, and News about Exhibitions, Conferences,Workshops, etc .., 1976-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Achievement Reports and Planning Statements, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Achievement Reports and Planning Statements, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Achievement Reports and Planning Statements, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Annual Report of The University Museum, and Mesoamerican Co-operative research, 1967-1974Add to your cart.

Annual Report - Fiscal year 1967-1968: Mesoamerican Co-operative Research by J. Charles Kelley

Annual Report - Fiscal Year 1968-1969: Mesoamerican Co-operative Research by Charles Kelley

Annual Report - Fiscal Year 1969-1970: Mesoamerican Co-operative Research by Charles Kelley

Annual Report - July 1973-June 1974 by Carroll L. Riley

Annual Report of the University Museum 1967-1968 by B. C. Hedrick

Annual Report of the Museum University 1969 by B. C. Hedrick

Folder 13: Program Evaluation: Surface Mining in Southern Illinois by Dr. John Whitlock, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Whither the Museum: A Report on the History, Present Status, and Future Plans by Basil C. Hedrick, Frank Rackerby, and Carroll L. Riley, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Interim report Concerning the University Museum by B. C. Hedrick, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: University Museum Association: Correspondence, Invitations, and MembershipsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, Invitations, and News, 1969-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Staff Bulletin, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Museum Programs, Studies, Exhibitions, and Acquisitions, 1969-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Lists: Loan Materials, Publications, trainings,  and Invitations, 1972-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Brochures and Pamphlets of Exhibitions, 1950-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Brochures and Pamphlets of Exhibitions, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Brochures and Pamphlets of Exhibitions, 1977-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Brochures and Pamphlets of Exhibitions, 1983-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Brochures and pamphlets of Exhibitions, 1980-1989, 2016Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Exhibition: New Guinean People; Photographs, and Primitive Arts, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 27: The Joliet Prison Photographs 1890-1930, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 28: University Museum: Calendars of Exhibitions, 1991-1992, 2016Add to your cart.

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