Diversity Resources

The Iowa State University Library offers Iowa State's students, faculty and staff a wealth of resources on various aspects of diversity through its general collections, digital collections, special collections and university archives and digital repository. This page lists selected diversity-related resources provided by the library.

Article Indexes and Databases

The library subscribes to a number of diversity-related databases, providing on- and off-campus access for Iowa State students, faculty and staff.

  • African American Newspapers: the 19th Century
    Includes searchable full-text of the following newspapers from the 1800s: Freedom's Journal, The Coloured American, The North Star, The National Era, Provincial Freeman, The Frederick Douglass Paper, and the Christian Recorder.
  • Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 1
    The Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture.
  • Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 2
    Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 2 presents manuscript, book, and newspaper content in the areas of Hispanic American civil rights, religion, and women’s rights ranging from the eighteenth through the twentieth century.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans (EBSCO)
    Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.
  • Black Studies Center
    This scholarly database includes a number of important African American studies research tools and primary source materials.
  • Chicano Database (EBSCO)
    This index provides citations to Chicano / Mexican American articles appearing in research journals, magazines, and a great number of rare, ephemeral but important publications from the 1960s era that document the Chicano experience.
  • Contemporary Women's Issues (Gale/Cengage Learning)
    CWI is a multidisciplinary, full-text database that brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, "gray" literature, and the alternative press—with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women's lives in more than 190 countries.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
    A comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
  • Gender Studies Database (EBSCO)
    Gender Studies Database combines NISC's popular Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues.
  • LGBT Life
    LGBT Life provides indexing and abstracting to journals, magazines, regional newspapers, and monographs.
  • LGBT Thought and Culture
    An online resource hosting the key works and archival documentation of LGBT political and social movements throughout the 20th century and into the present day.
  • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories
    North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, so providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950.
  • Race Relations Abstracts (EBSCO)
    RRA provides access to bibliographic records covering race relations, ethnic studies, discrimination and immigration studies.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
    Organized around the history of women and social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000 this database provides access to full-text documents and digital images.
  • Women and Social Movements, International—1840 to present
    Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection of primary materials drawn from more than 300 repositories.

For a complete list of databases subscribed to by the library, please see Article Indexes and Databases.

Digital Collections

Iowa State University Library Digital Collections highlight works and collections from the Iowa State University Library. These materials include photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, books and audiovisual formats. Digital Collections related to diversity include:

  • George Washington Carver
    After receiving his education at Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University), Carver gained an international reputation during his career at Tuskegee University. His research resulted in the creation of 325 products from peanuts, more than 100 products from sweet potatoes, and hundreds more from a dozen other plants native to the South.
  • Carrie Chapman Catt
    A suffragist, feminist, political activist, and Iowa State alumna who was president of the American Womans Suffrage Association.
  • Jack Trice
    Jack Trice was the first African-American athlete at Iowa State, competing in football and track. During his first football game, he suffered severe injures that resulted in his death. In 1997, the Iowa State University football stadium was formally named after him.
  • Women in Science and Engineering
    The Archives of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE Archives) documents and preserves the historical heritage of American women in science and engineering.

For more information about the Iowa State University Library Digital Collections, please contact Digital Initiatives.

Digital Repository

The Iowa State Digital Repository provides free, public access to research and scholarship by Iowa State University's faculty, students and staff. Diversity-related collections in the Digital Repository include:

For more information about the Iowa State Digital Repository, please contact Scholarly Publishing Services.

Research Guides

The library provides research guides for a variety of diversity-related subject areas, containing information on the breadth of resources available through the library's collections. These guides are created and maintained by liaison librarians at Iowa State University.

Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and shares documentation of the experiences, achievements and memories of people and organizations reflecting the university's major research areas.

  • Archives of Women in Science and Engineering
    The Archives of Women in Science and Engineering seeks to preserve the historical heritage of American women in science and engineering. To do this, the Archives solicits, collects, arranges, and describes the personal papers of women scientists and engineers as well as the records of national and regional women's organizations in these fields.
  • Diverse Experiences Subject Guide
    The materials selected for inclusion in this subject guide represent both institutional diversity activities and the personal perspectives of people of diverse identities, backgrounds, sexualities, and ethnicities.

For more information about these collections, please contact Special Collections and University Archives.