New archives exhibition: We Are ISU: Snapshots of Student Life

The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives exhibition, We Are ISU: Snapshots of Student Life, opens on March 13, 2019, on the 4th floor of Parks Library. This exhibition reflects on 150 years of student life at Iowa State and explores how the student experience has changed over the years. By highlighting a handful of students from different time periods and varying backgrounds, viewers will get a sense of how campus policies, programs and social norms have evolved in order to keep up with the ever-changing needs of Iowa State students. This exhibition was curated by Brad Kuennen, university archivist, and Rachael Acheson, assistant university archivist.

To celebrate the exhibition opening, the library will co-sponsor a presentation by Dr. Douglas Biggs, Student Life at Iowa State: 1869-90, at 7 p.m., March 13 in the Memorial Union Sun Room, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa. Biggs, a history professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, will explore a number of student life challenges over the first two decades of the university’s history, including issues over the requirement for manual labor, the fight over colonizing of fraternities and sororities and more. The Iowa Agricultural College of the 1890s was a very different institution from the one that opened its doors in 1869, and this transition and change did not come without cost. This event is free and open to the public. 

More information is available on the SCUA website. Stop by 4th floor and Room 403 of Parks Library and check out the new exhibition, We Are ISU: Snapshots of Student Life, on display through September 2019.

For additional information about Special Collections and University Archives, contact or 515 294-6672.