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Archives, Special Collections, & IRAD Information


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 UIS Archives and Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) are currently open, but we are in the process of hiring a new archivist. Our resources are limited at this time and we are largely unable to book appointments. You can call (217) 206-6520 or email with any questions about the archives or IRAD.Due to Secretary of State rules, IRAD interns cannot return email or voice message requests for records or information. They must receive a mailed request, a phone call, or a voicemail containing your name, mailing address, and the criteria for your record search in order to help you. An IRAD intern is currently on site from 8:00am - 1:00pm, Monday-Thursday. If you reach an intern via a method other than telephone, they will reach back out to you via mail.Our mailing address is:UIS Archives/ IRADOne University PlazaSpringfield, Illinois 62703 A member of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible, and help you as best they can. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working as quickly as we can to return to normal operation.

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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