You know that scene from the end of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark where a warehouse contains mysterious boxes and artifacts as far as the eye can see? There’s a place like that at Illinois State University.

The Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives, housed in a large warehouse a few miles from campus, holds a trove of historical artifacts that paint a vivid portrait of the University since its founding. Faculty papers, presidential portraits, event memorabilia—anything that can be classified as institutional memory can find a home here.

University Archivist April Anderson is always seeking new artifacts for the University’s collection. Contact Anderson at to learn how you can make your memory a part of Illinois State history. You can also peruse the archives online.

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