Special Collections & University Archives news: Instruction, exhibits and collection highlights!

Dec 14, 2016 · Rachel Seale

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is here to work with faculty and classes. With enough notice, staff can tailor an instruction session to fit individual course and educational objectives. Instruction sessions include, but are not limited to, an orientation to the reading room and how to handle materials, information on how to search the collections, and instruction on evaluating primary sources.?Contact us?to schedule Special Collections instruction for spring 2017.

Asst. Prof. Mark Barron?s Public History class (HIS 481X) spent the fall semester in the SCUA Reading Room and the library general collection conducting research for a spring exhibit in the department. Focused on Pammel Court, the exhibition will open and a reception is planned for Jan. 18, 2017. Watch for more information.

In November, SCUA received a collection of approximately 500 World War II letters from Howard Johnson, emeritus faculty of Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Johnson grew up in Odebolt, Iowa, and joined the Army in 1942. Letters in the collection include those Johnson wrote back to family and those he received from his parents and siblings as he went through basic training and eventually was shipped off to war. Johnson and his artillery unit arrived on the European front near the end of the Battle of the Bulge and stayed in Europe through the end of the war. We plan to process this collection in the coming year as an addition to the Howard P. Johnson Papers, RS 9/7/15.

Watch the?SCUA website,?Your Library?newsletter and social media for more information.

For additional information about Special Collections and University Archives, contact?archives@iastate.edu?or 515 294-6672.