University Archives

Millikin University Archives and Special Collections

Students using archival materials for research

About the Millikin University Archives and Special Collections

The mission of the Millikin University Archives and Special Collections is to collect, arrange, describe, and preserve items that document the history of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and to serve as a source of discovery and learning about that history. Materials are accessible to the public for research purposes through a combination of online and physical collections. Included in the collections are many records of Millikin University offices, departments, student groups, faculty, and alumni, as well as student publications such as the full run of the Decaturian (newspaper) and the Millidek (yearbook). An extensive photograph and negative collection is also a part of the Archives' collection. Please address any specific questions or concerns about the Archives to Amanda Pippitt, University Archivist.

Location and Hours

Location: UC232 (second floor of the University Commons, northeast corner of floor)

Hours: Spring 2024 hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 3-5pm (exceptions may exist on holidays when student employees are unavailable)

If you need assistance with a research question relating to Millikin University history, or would like to book the archives for a class session, please contact Amanda Pippitt well in advance of your deadline (more than 24 hours).  In your message, please describe your research interest and your availability.

If you need to contact the Archives by phone, call 217-424-3982 during open hours, or call archivist Amanda Pippitt at 217-424-3957.

Our mailing address is:

University Archives, Staley Library
Millikin University
1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

Online Resources (Millikin History)

These digital collections (linked below) have been created from historical materials, which may contain opinions, language, images, or other materials that the modern reader may find offensive. The Millikin University Archives presents these documents as part of the historical record and does not endorse the attitudes expressed therein. For more information, please read this statement from the Millikin University President and Provost.

Online Resources (Local History)


Amanda Pippitt is the University Archivist.  Please contact her with any questions regarding transfer or donation of items to the Archives, questions on the use of the Archives and its policies, scheduling a class session, or other administrative concerns.