University of Illinois

Living in Stadium Terrace: Housing the University of Illinois’ G.I. Students

Student Housing, G.I. Bill, University of Illinois

At the end of World War II, the United States created an assitance program for returning veterans to help with the return to civilian life. This was known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly identified as the G.I. Bill. One of the most visible benefits in the Champaign-Urbana area was the low-cost student housing situated across the street from Memorial Stadium: Stadium Terrace. 

Town and Gown Speakers Series Presents: Divest Now! Student and Community Divestment Protests in the 1980s

The Town and Gown Speaker Series is sponsored by the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of the Illinois and the Champaign County Historical Archives. Each event in the series  highlights a topic of historical significance to the campus and the community.

Join us throughout the year as we share stories of Champaign County. Our next event is: 


Divest Now!: Student and Community Divestment Protests in the 1980s

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Location: University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820


At the University of Illinois, and at campuses across the country, protesters called for an end to investments in companies with ties to South Africa. The Divest Now Coalition and the Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid organized protests and boycotts in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, eventually forcing the University to divest funds. Join a panel of former students and administrators involved in the movement for a discussion of the protests and student activism.

Panel Members:
Lisa Dixon and Jeff Machota, student leaders of the divestment movement; 
Rhonda Kirts, student body president during the divestment movement; 
Lex Tate, former reporter for The News-Gazette and Associate Director of University Office of Public Affairs;
Bryan Savage, legal counsel for the divestment movement

Moderator: Jack Brighton, Director of New Media and Innovation, Illinois Public Media.

Interested in learning more before the event? Click HERE to view the Champaign County Historical Archives  Flickr page! You can see photographs taken during the Divestment protests and many more digital collections on Champaign County history. 


Spring usually brings thoughts of sunshine, flowers, picnic, baseball, but what about football?


Traditionally, football is an autumnal sport where two teams face off as the leaves fall. Yet, collegiate athletes continue to train year round and even match up for special games. The Fighting Illini are no different and this weekend will bring the football players front and center, reminding us in the Archives of Illinois’ proud football legacy.

Is There Something Hiding In This Photograph?



This photograph of the Boardwalk on the University of Illinois Quad seems fairly straight forward, an idyllic scene of campus on a sunny day. However, if you look very closely on the left hand side of the photo there seems to a faint outline of a person walking. Is it a trick of the light, a misprint of the negative, or perhaps something more ghostly in nature? 

Go Illini!

Homecoming football game, October 19, 1963, University of Illinois vs. University of Minnesota (Illinois won, 16-6).