SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
THE ECONOMIC AND cultural diversity of southern and southwestern Illinois is readily apparent in the range of archival and manuscript resources available at the libraries of Southern Illinois University. Not only the proliferation of academic programs at SIU since the 1960s but also important aspects of the region's history are well documented in collections at Carbondale and Edwardsville.
Morris Library Carbondale, IL 62901 (618) 453-2516
The Special Collections unit of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale was formed in 1970 when Morris Library's Rare Book and Manuscript Collection was combined with the University Archives. The rare book collection dated from 1956, the year that the library opened, while the University Archives had been established in 1963. Kenneth W. Duckett, appointed to the staff in 1965, was succeeded as curator of special collections and university archivist by David V. Koch in 1979.