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Archives, Special Collections, & IRAD Information


Due to staffing shortages, IRAD will be closed from May 13, 2024 to August 29, 2024. We can still take requests but they will not be fulfilled until the end of August at the earliest. 

The University Archives contributes to the public service and teaching functions of the University of Illinois Springfield by collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary research materials. 

The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) houses the materials relating to fourteen county records. These records include (but are not limited to) birth, marriage, death, and naturalization records.

The UIS Archives and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ARE open. However, it is by appointment only! Please call (217) 206-6520 or email Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance (or longer).

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Featured Collections

Grayton Photo Collection

From the Archives

Grayton Mansion Photograph Collection

Springer Collection

From the Archives

Springer Historical Financial Documents Collection

Local government

From the Archives

Local Government Records: Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Holiday cards

From the Archives

Holiday Cards from the Eva M. Humphrey Postcard Collection 1906-1964

Handy collection

From the Archives

Handy Writer's Colony Collection, 1930-1964