Political Science

Special Collections has two manuscript collections related to state and national politics: The Leslie Arends Congressional Collection and the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention papers of IWU PoliSci professor and Con-Con delegate John Wenum. The 1970 Con Con resulted in a first-ever state Constitution that explicitly guaranteed citizens the right to a healthy environment.

The Arends Collection is well organized and largely unused. The Wenum Collection has not been examined since acquired and awaits some eager researcher’s eyes to tell us what treasures it may hold!

Ecology Action Center Collection

In October 2006, we opened a new collection for primary source materials: The Ecology Action Center Collection of organizational records.  The group began as one of the first not-for-profit recycling centers in Illinois in 1971.  Today, it continues to work with the three local governments (McLean County, Town of Normal, and City of Bloomington) to increase recycling and environmental awareness for business and community members.