Southern Illinois literature in the Rare Book Collection
The SCRC comprehensively collects books about Carbondale, Southern Illinois and its history, with the exception of specific genealogical works on individual families or on the techniques and practice of genealogy. The SCRC comprehensively collects primary source materials about the Missouri Valley Region, and also holds certain titles on the history of St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and other regions that border Southern Illinois. In addition to books and magazines, the SCRC also holds a significant amount of printed ephemera relating to the area. Following the gift of several hundred works written by SIU Alumni by the Graduate School in 1985, the SCRC pledged to enlarge this collection, either through purchase or through gifts from authors. Authors with local ties featured in this collection include Robert Coover, Dick Gregory, and Charles Johnson.
One can find rare books related to southern Illinois history by searching I-Share for the phrase "Illinois History Collection."