Archives & Special Collections

The IMSA Archives, housed in the Leto M. Furnas Information Resource Center, serves to collect and preserve materials relating to the history and ethos of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. The Archives includes both special and general collections with materials about IMSA's establishment, led by Dr. Leon Lederman and Governor James Thompson. There are materials about the Academy's openings in the fall of 1986 and its development since, as well as about its ideas and programs and how they evolved. We have sample curricula, presidential speeches, samples of student work, as well as material about and from partnership programs for educators and schools. The Archives holds student and institutional publications as well as iconographic material ranging from posters to snapshots. All of the materials illuminate the lives of IMSA's students, alumni/ae, faculty and staff on campus and out in the wide, wide world.
Archives Annual Report 2017-2018.

The IMSA Archives LibGuide provides general information, long-standing policies, and updated procedures for the Archives, including a section on the Digital Collections located here.

[Disclaimer: In no way does the Archives attempt to fulfill IMSA’s obligations under the State of Illinois’ record-keeping requirements for state agencies. Those records that IMSA is required to keep are housed in separate repositories, like the Registrar’s Office for student records.]


Browse the Archives & Special Collections:

IMSA's academic program helps to prepare students to become bold inquirers, problem solvers and integrative thinkers. It challenges them to question, creatively probe, take risks and test and support their ideas. Talented faculty members, who are among ... Read More

With over 6,000 graduates spanning over 30 years of academic excellence, the alumni of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy has made and will continue to make contributions to further the human condition - both locally and ... Read More

Archives Newsletter: Spring 1999 - Spring 2004 ... Read More

Archives' Annual Report
The archive of an institution plays a key role as the keeper of the institutional memory. That role can only be fulfilled if materials are gathered, preserved and made accessible. That IMSA’s Archives and Library staffs have ... Read More

Archives Finding Aid
The Finding Aid provides an index to the holdings of the Archives at IMSA. Included are materials available on-line, available only in the Archives and those available both virtually as well as actually. The Archives holds a ... Read More

Archives Publications & Research
The archive of an institution plays a key role as the keeper of the institutional memory. That role can only be fulfilled if materials are gathered, preserved and made accessible. That IMSA’s Archives and Library staffs have ... Read More

Campus Art
The Campus Art Collection has a unique place in the cultural life of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Many of the art pieces are inspirational in nature and metaphors for the academy's young students and their ... Read More

The Consortia Collection contains materials related to IMSA’s membership in consortia like The International Student Science Fair (ISSF) and The National Consortium of Specialized Schools of Science Mathematics and Technology* (NCSSSMT). Here can be found a variety ... Read More

The idea for IMSA first came out of a curriculum design workshop held in 1982 at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, proposed by then Fermilab Director Dr. Leon Lederman, later a Nobel Laureate. Along with then-Illinois ... Read More

IMSA was launched in 1982 by pioneers who thought differently about education and acted boldly to realize their vision. Over IMSA's history we have measured our impact by how our students and alumni think differently about math ... Read More

IMSA Presidents

IMSA fosters the discoverers. The thinkers. The innovators and experimenters. The problem-solvers of the future who can change the world through their life’s work.

Ranked the #1 public high school in Illinois and #2 in the U.S. ... Read More

Oral Histories
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is the nation’s first three year public residential institution for high school age students academically talented in science, mathematics, and technology. IMSA opened its doors to students in 1986, graduating the ... Read More

Over the years IMSA and its people have published a considerable number of periodicals, pamphlets, and books even. There are bound copies of student and institutional periodicals listed in the Finding Aid under Record Group ... Read More

Student Life
The Student Life staff at IMSA believes that it is students’ responsibility, during their three years at the Academy, to work towards reaching their potential in all areas of development with special emphasis on leadership. To that ... Read More

Since the first academic year the students of IMSA have created a yearbook like most schools. All are available in the Archives and samples are available here in a Flipping Book format. More are sure to be ... Read More