ISL doesn't have a special collection of textbooks, per se. Search the catalog: <http://www.in.gov/library/catalog.htm> for certain texts . They do have reports and publications from the State Board of Education and the Indiana Textbook Commission.
The Purdue Libraries has a collection of historic text books, the Shermis Collection, in the Hicks Repository (section 396023).
To search the Catalog for these textbooks:
You can narrow your search by typing in a word in the subject line like history or political science.
Textbooks are all in our Repository. The Hicks Repository maintains and circulates low-use library materials. Staff ship most requested items within two business days. The Repository is a closed facility; please contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 765-494-6740
Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library has a defined textbook collection.
The the Cunningham Collection was originally envisioned as Monuments of American Education with the works of Dewey, Barnard, Hall, James, Mann, and Thorndike , etc. The collection also came to include editions of early educational journals, notable nineteenth-century textbooks, books on practice, and even some early children's books. Textbooks are no longer being added and those already housed in the collection will be transferred eventually either to the Floyd Family Collection or to the Walker Collection.
For holdings check FusionPlus Advanced. A keyword phrase search on "Cunningham Collection" will retrieve the entire cataloged collection. Combining this phrase with other terms will narrow the results.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has historic Curriculum Collection includes materials dating back to the early 1800s. Most of these materials are textbooks, but some older curriculum guides are also available. The strength of the historical portion of the collection is in materials published from 1880 to 1980, although older materials are also available. Textbook series, primers, geographies, arithmetic books and many other areas are included in the historical segment of the collection. Over 30,000 cataloged materials are available and listed in the Library's online catalog http://www.library.illinois.edu/catalog/
Some readers do not circulate through interlibrary loan however due to condition and vulnerability.
I would be happy to work with the graduate student if assistance is needed. Nancy P. O'Brien, Professor, University Library, Head, Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. E-mail: email@example.com Bio: http://www.library.illinois.edu/people/bios/npobrien/ Library URL: http://www.library.illinois.edu/sshel/