Digital collections see additions and enhancements.

During the 2018 spring semester, a variety of new collections have been uploaded to the library’s Digital Collections. One recent addition is the Sarah Underwood digital collection, which contains almost all of the Sarah Underwood papers. The collection consists of richly detailed letters that describe farm life in eastern Iowa during the 1850s and 1860s. The letters reveal a perceptive and often opinionated individual. Underwood’s letters cover a variety of topics including family and social life, her new environment, politics, and religion. For more on the Sarah Underwood digital collection and her experiences with motherhood, see the DSI Update post on the topic.

A selection of the university’s football programs throughout the years has been added. The Iowa State University Football Programs Digital Collection contains at least one program from each decade (1890s-2010s). The selected programs focus on special event games, such as Homecoming.

The John Vincent Atanasoff digital collection has been expanded to include materials that document his work on the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC), and a sampling of items which relate to his other invention-related pursuits. Atanasoff invented the first digital computer.

This year marks the 100th year after Ada Hayden received her Ph.D. The first woman to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Iowa State, Hayden went on to become a professor of botany at Iowa State and to advocate for the preservation of Iowa’s prairies. The Ada Hayden digital collection has been expanded to include additional materials from her papers, and an online exhibit explores Hayden’s student experience at Iowa State. Visit the Digital Collections in May for this expanded digital collection and online exhibit.

In addition to the continuation of the Transcribe the Bomb project, the library has been adding to its other digital collections, such as the University Photographs. Stop by the Special Collections and University Archives at 403 Parks Library to see any of these archival collections in person. For updates on other digital activities and collections, check out the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives blog, DSI Update.