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About this collection

Since its creation in 1877, the Illinois State Museum has been the steward of the Illinois Legacy Collection. What started as geological specimens stored in various nooks and crannies of the capitol building became a collection containing millions of objects documenting the natural, anthropological, and artistic history of Illinois and its people. 

The Story of the Illinois State Museum collection contains photographs, publications, and ephemera that document the rich history of the Museum since 1877. 

 

 
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