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They go by many names, VHS, Videocassettes, Videotapes and for nearly 40 years they were the standard for home viewing entertainment. Today, VHS tapes have faded with the advent of the DVD, however many people (including myself) still own videotapes especially of family events.
Read more about Welcome to the Audiovisual Center in the Archives!
Today America honors the contributions and incredible life of Martin Luther King Jr. On this date we especially pause to remember his passion, bravery and hope for the future. Yet, it is important to note that reminders of his life and teachings surround us every day. From memorials and streets to movies and documentaries, Dr. King’s message of love can easily be recalled. Below are a couple of every day reminders of Martin Luther King’s philosophies.
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Urbana
Formerly Hays School, the elementary school was renamed for Dr. King in the 1970’s.Read more about In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Walter C. Glines was the well-known proprietor of Gline’s Penny Store in Champaign, which he opened during World War I and managed until his retirement in 1956. However, before moving to Champaign and becoming a business owner, Mr. Glines had a successful career as a circus performer.Read more about Walter C. Glines: Business Owner, Circus Performer
Ellis Island opened on January 1, 1892. In honor of that occasion here is a blog we posted in 2013 about the history of the island and tips for researching an ancestor's immigration story. Happy New Year, Everyone!
We all learned as school children how our immigrant ancestors came to America through Ellis Island. The real story about where and when immigrants entered the United States is much more complicated than the story we grew up with. Ellis Island was a New York gateway for the arrival of U.S. immigrants from roughly 1892 to 1924. Although it was by far the largest port of entry and millions arrived during that time, it was one of many ways to enter the United States.Read more about Ellis Island, A New Beginning...
One of my ongoing projects is to process the records of The Urbana Free Library. Since we were founded in 1874 there are a lot of papers to sort through. Today I came across a folder titled ‘Reference Tallys’ [sic]. Inside is a sheaf of handwritten pages divided into 4 columns: reference question, source, answered (yes or no), and the answering librarian’s initials. Although, only the month and day are listed I am estimating from the questions and location within the collection that these queries date from the 1970s.
Take a look. [Click on image for a larger picture.] Do you think you could find the answers to the following?Read more about Library Questions of Years Gone By
The Champaign County Historical Archives subscribes to over 100 genealogical and local history journals, with several new issues added each week. Most journals are located in the Archives open stacks and are available for browsing.Read more about Journals Available at the Archives
The wonderful thing about the Champaign County Historical Archives is that no matter how many years I have worked and researched I'm always discovering something new in the collection. My latest find is "Unlocking the Files of the FBI: A Guide to Its Records and Classification System". The book explains how the FBI catalogs its records and the various resources available to the public.
Read more about Hidden Treasures in the Archives