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Extensive weather history collection on display at USI

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An extensive collection of both Evansville weather and history belonging to former WFIE weatherman John Payne is now on campus at the University of Southern Indiana. 

They're being held in the archives section of the David L. Rice Library. 

Among the thousands of items are weather records Payne kept from the late 1930s until 2010, as well as historical photos, records, and memorabilia from the Evansville area dating back to the early 1800s.

Staff say they even think Payne's collection holds three signatures from Evansville's founder, Hugh McGary, Jr.

"It's a great way to find out about the changes that have happened in our community. Things that are important, things that were important in one period to another period, just to kind of understand where we came from and how we've gotten to where we are now," said Jennifer Green, USI's reference and archives librarian.

A small portion of John Payne's collection is on display, but if you'd like to see more of it or any other collection, all you need to do is make a request.

The archives and special collection section of the library is open to the public Monday through Friday.

They also have more than 20,000 images of Evansville online.

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