Students, Faculty and Staff Encouraged to Visit the Special Collections Department
The Special Collections Department welcomes visits from ISU students, faculty and staff for help with their research needs using our rare and unique research materials. Department staff is also happy to work with professors to develop class projects using Special Collections resources. The Department contains nearly 17,000 linear feet of archival materials documenting agriculture, natural history, statistics, veterinary medicine, and women in science and engineering. Included are manuscript collections donated by individuals and organizations, the University Archives consisting of official records and faculty papers, over 1,000,000 photographs, 3,000 artifacts, and 10,000 motion picture films. There are 50,000 rare books dating back to 1475, with strengths in agriculture and the natural sciences.
More information about Special Collections can be found on the e-Library: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/index.html. A portion of our collections are also available online through Digital Collections and a variety of web 2.0 sites. Links to these, including our departmental blog (which includes information on interesting collections, new acquisitions, and events), can be found through our website: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/about/related_sites.html. More information on our department can also be found through an online tour: http://isuspecialcollections.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/for-american-archives-month-an-online-tour-of-special-collections/.