How to Find SCRC Materials

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Archival Collections

Archon is the primary catalog of SCRC archival materials. It includes detailed finding aids of all our collections, including photograph collections.

Rare Books, Dissertations, & Theses

I-share is the main catalog of Morris Library, as well as other libraries in the Illinois library consortium. It includes records of our rare books, as well as SIUC dissertations and theses.

Tips for Finding...


Archon provides finding aids for all SCRC archival collections. To search Archon, enter keywords into the search bar at the top of the screen (examples: "james joyce" or "civil war"). The results screen will list all the finding aids that contain your search terms organized within drop-tab categories. Expanding a drop-tab then clicking on a result will take you to a collection finding aid. The screen will show a brief overview of the collection. To view the full finding aid, click on “Detailed Description” on the right side of the screen. The finding aid will help narrow your search to specific series and boxes within the collection. Alternatively, at the Archon homepage, use the tabs at the top right of the page to browse through alphabetical lists of the collections. Once you know which boxes you want to use, make note of the Collection ID number (found at the top of the finding aid) and the box numbers before you visit SCRC.


Morris Library’s catalog I-share contains records of the rare books held at SCRC. To narrow your search results, click on “Special Collections” under “Location” on the right of the screen to view only SCRC items.


Morris Library’s catalog I-share also lists SIU dissertations, theses, and research papers. SCRC houses a set of preservation copies at its offsite storage facility that are available within 72 hours of request. Please submit requests in person or by email. As with all SCRC materials, these items are non-circulating and must remain in the SCRC reading room. Selected holdings are available in circulating or electronic form to SIU patrons. Check the catalog entry for your request. Be sure to search our institutional repository OpenSIUC for electronic copies.

Digital Collections

SCRC maintains an active digitization program, with many photographs and papers available online. All digital materials are reproductions of an original primary source item from a collection. Viewing them online can save you a visit to SCRC. Visit our digital collections and online exhibits pages for access.



Working with Primary Sources

Welcome to our tutorial!  Here you will learn to understand the value and uses of primary sources and how to find them in the Special Collections Research Center.

(Most of the items appearing in the tutorial are housed at SCRC.)