University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: University Library

Artstor is collaborating with the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to share approximately 9,100 images from a variety of special collections in the Digital Library. The collection in Artstor will consist of images digitized from visual materials held in the University Library relevant to a variety of fields, including Irish political history, theater and costume history, and campus architecture and design.  


The Collins Collection of Irish Political Cartoons at the University Library's Rare Book & Manuscript Library is the principal repository for early manuscripts and rare books, including three special collections that will be shared in the Digital Library. The Collins Collection of Irish Political Cartoons consists of approximately 70 images relating to the political history of Ireland from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, a transitional period between British rule and Irish self-government. These images were digitized from books, pamphlets, maps, and newspapers, primarily the Weekly Freeman and National Press and the United Ireland. These publications featured works by political cartoonists such as Phil Blake, Thomas Fitzpatrick, W.C. Mills, John Fergus O'Hea, and J.D. Riegh.  


The collection of Portraits of Actors, 1720-1920 at the University Library's Rare Book & Manuscript Library features nearly 3,500 images of actors and actresses, including studio portraits, images of actors in costume, and illustrations of actors in performance. The collection includes depictions of hundreds of British and American actors and actresses active between 1770 and 1893, including notable figures in the history of theater such as Sarah Siddons, Edmund Kean, John Philip Kemble, Edwin Booth, Edwin Forrest, William Henry West Betty, Charles Mathews, Dorothy Jordan, Frances Abington, and Ada Rehan. The images were digitized from etchings, engravings, lithographs, mezzotints, aquatints, wood engravings, and photographs from the University of Illinois Theatrical Print Collection.  


Another valuable resource for the study of the history of theater is the Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design at the University Library's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Motley Group consisted of Margaret Harris, her sister Sophia Harris, and Elizabeth Montgomery. They designed sets and costumes from 1932 to 1976 for plays, opera, ballet, and motion pictures. Their designs were used in productions in the West End of London, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the English National Opera, and in Broadway theaters and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The collection consists of approximately 5,300 individual items relating to more than 150 stage productions, including costume and set designs, sketches, notes, photographs, prop lists, storyboards, and swatches of fabric.  


The University Library will also share its Built Environment collection, approximately 250 images of primary source materials related to the development of the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The collection includes original architectural drawings, sketches, and campus plans. There are also artistic renderings of campus landmarks, major buildings, and public sculpture, such as the Central Quadrangle, Altgeld Hall (Nathan C. Ricker and James M. White, 1897), Lincoln Hall (W. C. Zimmerman, 1911), Memorial Stadium (Holabird & Roche, 1923), the University Library (Charles Platt, 1926), the Alma Mater statue (Lorado Taft, 1929), the Illini Union (Ernest L. Stouffer, Howard Cheney, and John C. Leavell, 1939-1940), Assembly Hall (Max Abramovitz, 1963), and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Max Abramovitz, 1969).  

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is the oldest and largest campus in the University of Illinois system. Located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, the University was one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. UIUC is a public research university, comprising 17 colleges and academic units and offering more than 150 undergraduate and more than 100 graduate and professional programs.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library holds over eleven million volumes, more than 90,000 serial titles, and more than nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes, microforms, videotapes, laser discs, and other non-print material. The University Library is ranked highly nationally and globally, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on site and virtually from anywhere in the world.