Collections highlighted in new Special Collections and University Archives lobby display

Mar 09, 2020 · Rachel Seale

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has acquired a custom display case to broaden the department’s exhibition options in Parks Library. Purchased from Zone Display Cases, the case is museum quality. 

Located on the first floor near the Main Desk, items on display will change periodically, at the discretion of department curators. The current display items feature reproductions that represent some of our department’s collecting areas and are pieces that we often use in instruction sessions or pop-up exhibits, such as Jack Trice’s last letter from 1923 and photograph with his teammates. Lesser-known items from the collections include Margaret Sloss’ 1944 invitation to the White House from then-first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Items from our manuscript collections and rare books are also on display. These materials do not originate from university records, but they do tell stories that reflect the history and research that involves our major collecting areas such as the research of entomologist and Iowa native Hortense Butler Heywood.

The original materials represented in this exhibition can be seen in the SCUA department located in 403 Parks Library and hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.