History and Traditions

Historical Markers – Virtual Campus Tour

Across the Illinois campus, bronze historical markers commemorate some of the University’s world-changing achievements, discoveries, and creations. This virtual campus tour created by the Office of Public Affairs provides visitors with the incredible stories...

Lincoln Hall at 100

In 2011, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences launched the ambitious “Lincoln Hall Project,” an initiative to celebrate a major renovation of Lincoln Hall by celebrating the history of the building, the college,...

Illio

First published in 1895 as a junior class project, the Illio yearbook has served as not only a keepsake item for graduating seniors, but also a valuable document of student life at the University...

Alma Mater

Crafted by the renowned sculptor and alumnus Lorado Taft ‘1879 and unveiled on Alumni Day, June 11, 1929, it depicts, in Taft’s own words, “a benign and majestic woman in scholastic robes, who rises...

UI Histories Project

The UI Histories Project was developed as a student project by Kalev Leetaru. The site features historical information about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and provides access to many digitized University publications. While...

The Land Grant of 1862

The University of Illinois owes its existence in part to the advocacy of an Illinois educator and the persistence of a Vermont congressman. In 1853, the Illinois General Assembly adopted a resolution, drafted by...

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Memory Lane

Click on the images below to read about events in University of Illinois history.