Millikin University Archives and Special Collections
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. These items are then made accessible to the public for research purposes. Included in the collections are many records of Millikin University offices, departments, student groups, faculty, and alumni. 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.
Hours and location
The Archives will have reduced hours Feb. 19-23:
- Monday: 2-5pm
- Tuesday: 2-3pm
- Wednesday: 3-5pm
- Thursday: Closed
- Friday: 2-5pm
Spring 2018 hours:
- Monday: 10am-noon, 2:00-5:00pm
- Tuesday: 2:00-5:00pm
- Wednesday: 1:00-5:00pm
- Thursday: 1:00-3:00pm
- Friday: 2:00-5:00pm
Otherwise, the University Archives and Special Collections are open to individuals and classes by appointment.
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 you message, please describe your research interest and your availability.
The University Archives and Special Collections are now located on the second floor of the University Commons. If you need to contact the Archives by phone, call 217-424-3982, or call archivist Amanda Pippitt at 217-424-3957.
Our mailing address is:
University Archives, Staley Library
1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
Online Resources (Millikin History)
- The Decaturian (Millikin University Student Newspaper): 1903- June 1951
- Millidek (Millikin University Yearbook): 1906-1999
- Biography of James Millikin
- Autobiography of Albert Reynolds Taylor
Online Resources (Local History)
- Decatur Public Library Local History Room (Birth & Obituary Databases, Oral Histories, High School Yearbooks)
- The Staley Museum (Digitized Staley Journals; Decatur Staley Football)
- Mueller Museum Library (Digitized Company Publications)
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.