We house over one million photographs of local people and locations, dating from the mid-19th century to the present. Selected images have been digitized and are available online through our Local History Online Catalog, Flickr albums, and digital collections.

Some notable photograph collections include:

  • News-Gazette Negative Collection (1974-2002)* 
  • McCandless Photography Studio Collection (1965-2001)
  • Pilon Studio Collection (circa 1950s)
  • Postcard collections with images documenting Champaign County, the University of Illinois, and Illinois

* University of Illinois Archives have News-Gazette negatives from 1935-1964. Negatives for September 25, 1960 - January 3, 1962 were destroyed by fire.