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

Feb 08, 2017 · Rachel Seale

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is here to work with faculty and classes on primary source instruction. With enough notice, staff can tailor sessions 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.

The fall 2017 Public History class, HIS 481X, taught by Asst. Prof. Mark Barron, spent the semester in the Special Collections Reading Room and the library's general collections doing research for the spring exhibition, which is displayed now on the 4th floor.

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 he wrote to family and those he received from his parents and siblings as he went through basic training and eventually was shipped off to war. He 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. The collection will be processed in the coming year as an addition to the Howard P. Johnson Papers, RS 9/7/15.

More information can be found on the SCUA website.?

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