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Illinois State University
Illinois State University
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The principle source for historical data used in this site comes from John B. Freed's 2009 Educating Illinois: Illinois State University, 1857-2007, Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company Publishers.

Archaeological data from artifact analysis comes from Jessica Griffin’s 2012 Master’s Thesis:

Griffin, Jessica D.
2012 In the Shadow of Old Main: Campus Life, Consumer Choice and Foodways at Illinois State University, 1860-1932. Master's thesis, Department of Anthropology, Illinois State University, Normal.

To read Jessica's Master's thesis, please click here: Griffin (2012). To see a sample of Old Main artifacts and excerpts of her original research, visit

Archaeological data from excavations comes from Keith Barr’s 1983 Master's Thesis:

Barr, Keith
1983 The Old Main Site (11-M1-107): Archaeological Explorations of the Illinois State Normal University Building. Master's thesis, Department of Anthropology, Illinois State University, Normal.

A good resource for other campus archaeology projects can be found in the volume edited by Russell Skowronek and Kenneth Lewis (2010) Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.

Additional sources can be found in Milner Library's multidisciplinary resource guide on Illinois State University History Collection.

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Old Main Project
Normal, Il 61790-4660
Phone: (309) 438-8668

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