Special Collections and University Archives news

Aug 12, 2019 · Rachel Seale

"Our trip...will long be remembered": Following the Trail of a Bird Watching Road Trip, the new Special Collections and University Archives exhibition, opens September 19, 2019, in 403 Parks Library.

In the summer of 1924, Walter M. Rosene, Sr. and Walter Bennett set out from Sioux City, Iowa, to study wetland birds in east-central North Dakota. This exhibit follows Rosene and Bennett’s route as documented in Rosene’s travel journal. Excerpts from this journal are complimented by photographs and hand-colored lantern slides taken on the trip. Maps and supplemental materials place the road trip in the larger context of environmental and social concerns of the Great Plains in the early 20th Century.

Many of the documents and photographs displayed in this exhibit are from the Walter M. Rosene, Sr. Papers and are available in digital form as part of the Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn), a newly launched Web portal of Iowa ornithological primary sources supported by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The avIAn project documents nearly 100 years of bird study in Iowa and includes materials from some of the Midwest's most prominent conservationists. Visit Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn).

Primary Source Instruction

Special Collections and University Archives staff welcome visits from classes and offer help with conducting research that utilize the rare and unique materials held by SCUA. We ask for three weeks' notice. Schedule a visit for fall 2019 semester now. Request instruction via our instruction request form.

NHPR Grant Completed!

Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to share the completion of a National Historical Publications & Records Commission grant project. “Modern Tools for Modern Research: Migrating Old Finding Aids to a New AMS,” involved migrating legacy finding aids from Microsoft Word files to a new archives management system, CuadraSTAR Knowledge Center for Archives. The project involved assigning access points to all the finding aids, creating or updating MARC records, and generating and sharing Encoded Archival Description finding aids for all collections. The public catalog, CARDinal, is now available for use. Additionally, we’ve created internal manuals for using SKCA, which are available to other institutions looking to take on a similar project. Visit CARDinal and send questions or comments to archives@iastate.edu

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