Sverre O. Braathen was born in 1895 in prairie state of North Dakota. He grew up there -- in the Red River Valley of the north, a place far removed from any major body of water. Therefore it is perhaps curious that he served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.
This handwritten diary from his time on the U.S.S. Kearsarge was gifted to …
Anna Ropp (1904-2005) was raised in Missouri and left home in 1927 to enroll in the Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing in Bloomington, Illinois. A non-traditional student, Anna had already worked for several years before attending nursing school.
Anna graduated from nursing school in 1931 and began her nursing career as a …
Answering the Call is an online exhibition of digital images of World War I posters held in Milner Library’s Government Documents World War Poster Collection. These historic posters were created by federal agencies and national organizations after the United States entered the war in 1917. They vividly illustrate the many demands and …
This database of images for the study and teaching of art, design, and visual culture at Illinois State University, is produced as a collaboration between the School of Art and Milner Library. The images come from many sources, including publications, original photography, and the Visual Resources Collection of the School of Art.
William Frederick Cody, who is known more commonly by the name "Buffalo Bill”, is an American icon. Cody, born in 1846, would come to blaze a trail across American history with his involvement in the Pony Express, the Civil War, and his astoundingly popular Wild West Shows.
This small cache of Cody correspondence comes from Milner …
Cultivated in the spirit of teaching, learning and research, Milner Library's digital collections provide a variety of resources. They reflect the rich cultural heritage at Illinois State University, and include audio recordings, historic documents, photos, and images of art and visual culture.
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A Seaman's Diary of World War I
Anna Ropp Diaries
Answering the Call
Art & Culture
Buffalo Bill Letters
Circus & Allied Arts
Illinois State University History
International Collection of Child Art
Lois Lenski Doll Collection
Native American Collection
Niiyama Poetic Japanese Pottery
Normal Editions Workshop Archive
Pioneer Lady - Peoria’s Secret Scribe
Towanda Area History
Voices of Extremism
World War I Women
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