How to Find SCRC Materials
Use the ArchivEra catalog to search and browse finding aids of all archival collections, including photographs.
Rare Books, Dissertations, & Theses
Search 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.
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MANUSCRIPTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, UNIVERSITY RECORDS, AND OTHER ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS
ArchivEra provides finding aids of all SCRC archival collections. You may search by key term ("James Joyce" or "Civil War") or use the tabs to browse the collections by either title, creator, subject, or SCRC classification type.
Morris Library’s catalog Primo contains records of the rare books held at SCRC. To narrow your search results to SCRC items only, click on “Special Collections” under “Morris Library Location” on the left of the screen to view.
SIU DISSERTATIONS, THESES, AND RESEARCH PAPERS
Morris Library’s catalog 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.
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 & Secondary Sources
Welcome to our tutorial! Here you will learn to understand the value and uses of primary and secondary sources in the Special Collections Research Center.