The Northern Illinois Anglers Association Graves Environmental and Natural History Collection file cabinet is located on the lower level of the library. The NIAA Graves books are interfiled in the library collection. Items can be found in KCC's Online Catalog or viewed in a printable version of the complete list.
A unique aspect of the collection is the availability of research materials on the Kankakee River, including scientific treatises that are no longer in print. The collection also includes:
- Kankakee River Basin studies in both Illinois and Indiana
- Geology surveys of the area
- Lake Michigan studies
- Water resources in Illinois
The NIAA Graves Environmental and Natural History Collection at Kankakee Community College began in the fall of 1993 with the donation of funds and materials from the Northern Illinois Anglers Association to KCC.
At the time it was unveiled, the Graves Collection included 220 titles, including videos, pamphlets, books and journals such as Outdoor Illinois. Due to the generosity of the Gordon Graves Foundation, the collection has grown considerably. Recent purchases have centered on biomes, conservation, environmental efforts worldwide and environmental ethics related to all subjects, including law and construction.
Who was Gordon Graves?
Gordon Graves was a Kankakee-area environmentalist and co-founder of the Northern Illinois Anglers Association. He also was a member of the Illinois Natural History Survey Board. Throughout his career, Graves was devoted to local environmental campaigns and national preservation efforts. In 1988, Graves was a recipient of the "Take Pride in America" Award. Given by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the award was presented to Graves by President Ronald Reagan.