Browse Exhibits (7 total)

Japanese Woodblock Prints

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These are Japanese woodblock prints from the late 19th century. Most are from the Sino-Japanese war, and a few from families and other artists in that same time. The majority of these prints were used as war reports and propaganda to keep the public  informed about the current status of the battles, as well as to build patriotism, support, and optimism. 

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The Light That Shatters Darkness

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The Light That Shatters Darkness, an exhibit in Morris Library's Hall of Presidents, combines the award-winning poetry of David Bond with the evocative mining photographs of former Southern Illinois University Carbondale faculty member C. William "Doc" Horrell. The exhibit pairs Horrell's iconic images with Bond's poetic vision.

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The Last Steam Engines of Southern Illinois


Ben Gelman (1920-2007) was a photographer for the Southern Illinoisan from 1956-1982 and later a public information specialist for Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1982-1996. He captured these images depicting the final days of the Illinois Central Railroad’s operation of steam engines in Carbondale and greater Southern Illinois in early 1959. Gelman later used some of these photographs in a Southern Illinoisan feature article on the end of the steam engine era that appeared in the March 1, 1959 issue. By the spring of 1959 all but one shift of trains in the IC St. Louis division had been dieselized, and Gelman believed that “the last steam locomotive with any life in it will probably be gone from the area by April 1.” The IC was fully dieselized by the end of 1959.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale assumed a central role in revolutionizing health education when it hired Elena M. Sliepcevich in the early 1970s. Just a decade earlier, as director of the groundbreaking national School Health Education Survey, Sliepcevich had spearheaded research to support development of national standards in public school health education and training for teachers. With the addition of Judy C. Drolet and Paul D. Sarvela, SIUC innovated responses to such challenges as HIV/AIDS and rising drug abuse among rural youth. The commitment of Sliepcevich and her colleagues to research driven solutions remains on the cutting edge as schools address modern challenges, including the proliferation of guns and widespread childhood obesity.

Crucially, through the use of national and local surveys and focus groups, Sliepcevich and her colleagues worked to understand teachers' perspectives and advocate practical implementation of programs in the schools, bridging the gap between theory and practice. While they made great strides, support for schools must continue, and it is hoped that preserving the stories of these health education leaders will continue to inspire researchers and practitioners in the field of health education. Meeting the unpredictable health challenges of the 21st century will require the energy and dedication modeled by the SIUC Health Education Department.

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Revolutionary Acts: American, Irish, British, and German Theater of the Twentieth Century


Morris Library's Special Collections Research Center documents theater's rapid evolution and burgeoning social impact with extensive collections of papers and photographs of Southern Illinois University faculty and their diverse associates in the entertainment industry. The Department of Theater at SIUC has been home to some of the most transformational dramatic artists of the twentieth century.

Revolutionary scene designers, producers, playwrights, and dancers inspire with courage manifest in their archived correspondence and diaries. The labor theater movement and Civil Rights activism are well represented in our archives by Herbert Marshall's Unity Theatre and Paul Robeson memorabilia, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union records, the John Howard Lawson collection, the Katherine Dunham collection, and the Mordecai Gorelik collection.

Our archives also preserve the manuscripts and records of many critically acclaimed Irish writers, including William Butler Yeats. Cultivated by playwrights honoring the common man, the seeds of Irish independence flourished with the momentum of the Irish literary renaissance and their establishment of Dublin's Abbey Theatre.

Roles in theater production became more integrated during the past century as producers sought to drive social change by innovating techniques to engage working class audiences. Transcendent messages embedded in interactive scenery harmonized with the vision of playwrights, directors, and actors determined to connect with and fortify the heart of the people.

Collaboration likewise plays a valuable role at SIUC, as the Department of Theater, the University Museum, and Morris Library work together to provide an engaging and practical curriculum and fertile research opportunities for students and faculty.

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