As part of the Alumni Association’s sesquicentennial celebration, University Archivist April Anderson has created opportunities to learn more about the association’s rich history.

The Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives now offers a keyword searchable database with access to all of the University’s collection. Records and manuscripts can be reviewed online.

The same site takes users to the digitized yearbook collection. Scroll or search through pages of The Index from 1892 to 1971; the New Student Record from 1975 to 1994; and the Graduate Record, which was published from 1975 to 1993.

Individuals visiting campus will find displays in Milner Library depicting the association’s influence and history. These exhibits will focus on important moments in campus life, such as commencement and Homecoming celebrations.

Efforts to expand the collection are ongoing. Individuals who have items of historical interest that they would like to donate should contact Anderson at or by calling (309) 438-5525.