The Time Capsule Project is an on-going effort to preserve, organize, catalog, and celebrate more than 180 years of Illinois College history. The Time Capsule Project provides valuable, hands-on experience for students interested in history, libraries and archival studies in the care and handling of historic photographs, documents, College publications and artifacts. All of these items are preserved and made available to the public.
Since 2008, private donations and funding from Illinois College have made it possible to:
• Identify, sort, and catalog more than 2,000 photographs covering 180 years of Illinois College.
• Collect, transcribe, and preserve oral histories from Jacksonville residents and members of the Illinois College Community.
• Organize and process the records of the Jacksonville Female Academy.
Experience working with historic documents makes Illinois College students competitive candidates for internships in public history settings, graduate programs in history, and jobs in the historic and archival fields. There is much work yet to be done on historic College documents housed in the Iver F. Yeager Special Collections, including scrapbooks of former presidents, the records of student organizations and student newspapers.
Photos are courtesy of the Illinois College Photo Collection, Iver F. Yeager Special Collections, Schewe Library, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.