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College Archives

This guide provides information about the Parkland College Archives, including rules and regulations for use, location and hours, and information about the collections.

Teaching and Learning with Archival Materials at Parkland College

The Archives Staff works closely with faculty and students to provide opportunities to use primary sources for course assignments or individual projects.

Onsite orientation programs are availble to facilitate the use of primary resources for course assignments or individual projects. Sessions focus on proper care and use of archival materials as well as how to locate and use primary resources.

Handling Archival Material

Materials in archives come in a variety of formats with a range of handling needs. The following general guidelines will help to ensure the long-term preservation of archival documents, photographs, and artifacts.

  • Always handle archival materials with clean, dry hands.
  • Use only pencils for note-taking.
  • Items should be kept in order, Maintain folders in boxes and items within folders in the order that you find them
  • Handle materials carefully and turn pages gently.
  • Keep documents flat on the table and do not lift them up to read.
  • When consulting material sensitive to direct handling, such as photographs, you may be required to wear gloves supplied by the library.
  • Do not rearrange folders within boxes, or items within folders. Ask staff for help with any concerns about the material.
  • Food and drink are prohibited around archival materials.

Resources for Students

Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research (Society of American Archivists)

Finding Primary Sources (University of Illinois)

Suggested Resources

The following resources at the Parkland Archives offer insight into Student Life at Parkland College

  • Prospectus student newspaper: recent issues are online.
  • Photo Collection
  • Sprinkler
  • Yearbooks
  • Enrollment statistics
  • Course catalogs
  • Student activities

Current and Past Projects

The following projects either use or contribute to the Parkland Archives collection:

Parkland College History             

Wayback Wednesday blog posts

Ethnographies of Parkland Student Life (Anthropology 103)

Local Archives

University of Illinois Archives
Champaign County Historical Archives

The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Museum of the Grand Prairie
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
eBlack Champaign-Urbana -- eBlackCU is a collaborative portal on African-American history and culture in Champaign-Urbana.
The University of Illinois Pollinatarium
-- The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators.

Parkland College Library
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821