University of Southern Indiana


The Communal Studies Collection at Rice Library has materials on over 600 historic and contemporary communities, and approximately 25,000 photographs. The Center for Communal Studies (Liberal Arts 2009) serves as a reference room and as a space for study and meetings. An additional reading room with reference materials is at the Rice Library Archives. Links to the Communal Studies Collection and a variety of resources follow:

Current Communities

Historic Communities

USI Rice and Lawrence Libraries


Center Bylaws (approved Oct. 2015)

Board of Advisors Meetings Approved Minutes:

Fall 2011

Spring 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Fall 2013

Spring 2014

Fall 2015

Spring 2016

Contact Dr. Casey Harison
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