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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Digital Collections at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois has digitized a variety of important collections and made them available online. This guide is a topical overview of the highlights.

Emblematica Online


A searchable database of emblems and emblem books from the holdings of the University of Illinois and Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel, Germany). These Renaissance books juxtapose poetry and illustration to create a unique work of art. Emblematica Online provides high resolution scans of each page, as well as translations and information about the themes of each emblem.

Literature Digital Collections

Carl Sandburg Collection

Carl Sandburg Collection

The more than 2,700 photographs in this collection are scanned from the Carl Sandburg Collection housed in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Spanning the years 1893-1987, these images are part of a collection that includes typescripts and galley proofs of many of Sandburg’s works, his correspondence with literary and public figures, recordings and transcriptions of Sandburg’s radio broadcasts, and a supporting book collection of approximately 5,000 volumes.