The University of Illinois's University Archives recently released Mapping History at the University of Illinois: a stunning collection of interactive maps and digitized archival material that illustrate the university's 150-year history. The project, which was led by archivist Ellen D. Swain, architecture professor Marci S. Uihlein, and GIS Specialist James V. Whitacre, consists of three major components. In the campus history section, visitors can take seven virtual tours, each of which presents UIC's campus during a different era. For instance, in the Early Years (1867-1904) tour, visitors can explore archival material from that era, which includes photographs, administrative papers, and early advertisements for the Illinois Industrial University (as the school was known at the time). Visitors can also view an interactive map of the campus (complete with historic maps), created using Esri software. The interactive maps section contains a number of thematic maps that illuminate the school's history, including a map of African American Student Housing, 1930-1950 and a map of Fraternities and Sororities, 1912-1913. The map archives section contains over 500 digitized "maps, drawings, blueprints, and images of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and Champaign County dating from the 1850s to the present."
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