Three images of Sylvia McNair. On right, a photo of McNair playing the violin at the beach. In middle, a portrait photograph of Sylvia McNair. On left, a photo in character on stage.

Sylvia McNair Collection

The Sylvia McNair Digital Collection is comprised of scanned items documenting the career of two time Grammy award winning American opera singer and classical and cabaret recitalist Sylvia McNair. The scanned images contained here are from the physical collection held in the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University.

Land, Wealth, Liberation: The Making & Unmaking of Black Wealth in the United States

Expansion of the United States and the generation of capital for the new nation took place on stolen Native lands with the extraction of labor from oppressed peoples, primarily enslaved Africans and people of color. This troubled history produced zones of contestation. This digital resource surveys the experiences of African Americans in seeking to acquire land and create communities to achieve economic independence, secure their right to full participation in US society, and express their claim to citizenship. We offer this resource as a means of fostering intercultural understanding, in the hopes that it will spur meaningful conversations, and help explore paths and policies to achieve reconciliation.

Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database

Developed in association with Indiana University Libraries, the Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database documents more than three-quarters of a century of opera, operetta and musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States. The database traces performance programming from early presentations on experimental TV stations to current live and recorded productions released on broadcast and closed circuit television, cable, streaming platforms, theaters and select venues.

Ibero-American Centennials Project

A collaboration between the Latin American Music Center at the Jacobs School of Music and the William and Gayle Cook Music Library and the Iberian and Latin American Collections in the Herman B. Wells Library at Indiana University Libraries, the Ibero-American Centennials Project honors cultural luminaries born or deceased during the 1920s for their landmark contributions to the arts, humanities, and social sciences in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal.

History of the Smallpox Vaccine

Learn more about significant events in the centuries-long quest to eradicate one of the worst plagues to afflict humankind. Look back at the earliest attempts to immunize individuals against smallpox and look forward to speculation about how the eradication of smallpox will shape epidemiology in the future.

Scholars' Commons Online Exhibits

A companion to the physical Scholars' Commons Exhibit Space in Wells Library, this online gallery features born-digital exhibits highlighting IU Libraries expertise, collections, and more.

Hermann J. Muller: IU Nobelist

Initiated as part of the Indiana University Bicentennial celebration, the “Hermann J. Muller: IU Nobelist” exhibition honors the Indiana University professor, geneticist, and activist. He is one of two Nobel laureates who were long-time faculty members at Indiana University. The other is Elinor Ostrom who received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The exhibition is drawn from the Muller papers at the Indiana University Lilly Library, and presents a biography of Muller together with a curated selection from the collection. 

The Lilly Library from A to Z

This website is a 3-D companion to Darlene J. Sadlier’s book The Lilly Library from A to Z: Intriguing Objects in a World-Class Collection on sale now from Indiana University Press.

Indiana's Visionary Statesman: The Richard G. Lugar Senatorial Papers 

A digital exhibition about United States Senator Richard G. Lugar. Responsible for crafting legislation related to arms control, nuclear threat reduction, and farm policy, Lugar is the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Indiana’s history.​

Orson Welles on the Air, 1938-1946

Orson Welles on the Air is a collaborative project of the Indiana University Libraries and the Indiana University Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI), with funding from the National Recording Preservation Foundation on the recommendation of the Radio Preservation Task Force, National Recording Preservation Board, Library of Congress.

African Ephemera Collection

The African Studies Pamphlet Collection is a research-level collection that includes brochures, flyers, pamphlets/booklets, reprints, conference papers, and other items written in many languages, including African vernacular languages.

Cook Music Library Digital Exhibitions

The William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University, recognized as one of the largest academic music libraries in the world, serves the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music and the Bloomington Campus of Indiana University. Its librarians and staff also support the graduate students enrolled in the nationally recognized Master of Library Science with Music Specialization program. This digital exhibition site showcases materials from the Cook Music Library’s collections.

Presidential Campaigns: A Cartoon History

This digital exhibition was originally created on the IU Libraries website as a digital version of a 1976 slide collection and guide to political cartoons used in Presidential Elections.

Wylie House Museum Exhibits

Built in 1835, Wylie House was the home of Indiana University's first president, Andrew Wylie, and his family. Today Wylie House is owned and operated by Indiana University as an historic house museum recreating the Wylie home prior to 1860. Collections held by the museum include correspondence from the Wylie family and related individuals dating from the 19th century to the present.

Indiana University Archives Exhibits   

The Indiana University Archives presents selected collections concerning the activities of Indiana University students that showcase memorable moments drawn from the holdings of the IU Archives.

Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive Digital Exhibitions

The Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA), formerly the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive, is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive academic film collections. The archive contains more than 71,700 items spanning nearly 80 years of film production, including many rare and last-remaining copies of influential 20th-century films. Its collections are curated, catalogued, and preserved by IU Libraries film specialists, ensuring not only that these films last for generations, but also that they be easily searchable and accessible, providing unlimited educational, cultural, and scholarly opportunities.

The Lilly Library Online Exhibitions

The Lilly Library Digital Collections site brings together selected digitized materials from the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The Lilly Library was founded in 1960 as the principal rare books, manuscripts, and special collections repository for Indiana University. The Library's holdings include about 400,000 books, more than 100,000 pieces of sheet music, and more than 7.5 million manuscripts.

War of 1812 in the Collections of the Lilly Library

This project was created to recognize the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. View materials from the war in an online exhibition, including letters, maps, and prints, from the collections of the Indiana University Lilly Library.