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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, 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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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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The Health Education Department (HED) of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) assumed a central role in professional preparation for Health Education when Dr. Donald N. Boydston hired Dr. Elena M. Sliepcevich in 1973. Just a decade earlier, as Director of the groundbreaking national School Health Education Study (SHES), Sliepcevich spearheaded research to support development of national standards in public school Health Education and training for teachers. Through use of national and local surveys and focus groups, Sliepcevich and her SHES colleagues worked to understand teachers' perspectives and advocate practical implementation of programs in the schools, bridging the gap between theory and practice. The commitment of Sliepcevich and her colleagues to research-driven best practices remains the conceptual model as schools address contemporary curriculum development and modern societal challenges.

While they made great strides, support for school Health Education must continue. Preserving the stories and artifacts of these leaders will continue to inspire researchers and practitioners in the field of Health Education. With her colleagues Drs. Robert D. Russell, Alice E. Miller, Eileen Zunich, Robert Gold, Robert McDermott, Judy C. Drolet and Paul D. Sarvela, Dr. Sliepcevich built on her SHES experiences to offer nationally recognized graduate and undergraduate Health Education programs as well as extensive contributions to HED teaching, research, and service. Meeting the unpredictable health challenges of the 21st century will require the energy and dedication modeled by SHES and the SIUC Health Education program. The Elena M. Sliepcevich Centre Collections offer extensive resources to accomplish this goal.

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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In 1973, Open Court Publishing Company launched Cricket, the magazine for children. A literary magazine for children, Cricket was the brainchild of Marianne Carus, who had worked with her husband Blouke, head of Open Court, to improve reading and math textbooks for school children.

Designed to stimulate curiosity, imagination, and a sense of wonder about history, art, science, and world cultures, Cricket featured new stories and adaptations written by celebrated authors and interpreted by award winning illustrators. In addition to daring illustrator Trina Schart Hyman, and respected literary editor Clifton Fadiman, Newbery Medal winning children’s author Lloyd Alexander was a major contributor to the magazine’s development and content, often sharing wisdom in the guise of “Old Cricket”.

Preserved in more than 600 boxes, the Cricket Media Records collection at Morris Library's Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) documents business development and operations from 1971 to 2006, including a large volume of original edited manuscripts and correspondence from authors, illustrators, and other professionals in children's publishing. The collection features most issues of the original magazine and later titles from 1973 to 2018, and an oral history interview with Marianne and Blouke Carus, conducted May 29, 2018.

Stories of Our Land and People

Hundreds of millions of years ago, the land that would become Illinois lay south of the equator beneath a tropical sea roamed by trilobites and other fantastic creatures. Southern Illinois amassed huge coal stores from ancient fern forests and was later shaped by the glaciers of the first Ice Age. Traversed by rivers, ecosystems range from forests to marshlands. Sheltering woods and abundant water attracted Native Americans and later settlers. Surrounded by slave states, Black settlers in southern Illinois bravely conducted the Underground Railroad. Nineteenth century farming, coal mining, and industry flourished with the Illinois Central Railroad. Later, the Civilian Conservation Corps and Illinois Department of Natural Resources helped restore southern Illinois. A modern tradition of innovative higher education has made southern Illinois an international destination. Many cultures enrich our region.

A Dive into the Clarence Harmon Papers to examine the issues facing St Louis in the year 1999.