University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign-Urbana Historic Built Environment

The Illinois Built Environment collection provides to the public a first-hand view of select original documents used to shape the Campus. Among others, items include hand sketches of campus plans, original trace and linen drawings of many of the Central Quadrangle buildings, four separate proposed sketches for the original Library, now known as Altgeld Hall, and watercolor renderings for the display of the Alma Mater and many buildings. This collection will grow over time as more original drawings, sketches and renderings are released for public use. Collection size: approximately 270 items.

Digitization of this collection was conducted by The Urbana Free Library, with funding provided by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, an Office of the Secretary of State, with funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Access the full collection here: