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College Avenue in 1966

Looking west down what's now College Avenue, in 1966. Bone Student Center is noticeably missing at right. (Photo from Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives)

Photos: Aerial views of Illinois State campus, then and now

Here at STATEside, we love looking at historic photos from Illinois State’s Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives.

Aerial photos are our favorite. When you look at aerial photos from the 1940s, 1960s, or even the 1980s, it’s fun to try and spot which buildings are “missing” (not yet built) or under construction. Sometimes, it’s hard to even figure out where on campus the photo was taken, because things have changed so much. (That’s when comes in handy.)

Here are some of our favorite aerial photos of Illinois State, then and now. Thanks again to the Archives!

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