This blog showcases the day to day discoveries and observations of the Special Collections Research Center at Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. SCRC holdings include manuscripts, rare books, and university archives. Our strengths include Philosophy, centered on our John Dewey and Open Court collections; Irish Studies, featuring James Joyce and his contemporaries; Twentieth Century literature; Theater Studies; Southern Illinois history; and local politics, especially the papers of the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon. We also specialize in photographs documenting local mining history, many first editions of Irish and expatriate American writers, diaries and letters of American, British, and German soldiers from World War I, and the careers of such distinguished faculty as Katherine Dunham, Mordecai Gorelik, and R. Buckminster Fuller.
Aaron Lisec is SCRC’s research specialist. He is currently working on a long-term project to organize and promote the Center’s collection of World War I letters and diaries, some bearing Illinois connections. His interests include southern Illinois history, Civil War and 19th Century letters, genealogical research, and medical history.