Special Collections and University Archives News: New exhibition and welcome back ISU students, faculty and staff!

The current exhibition “Activist Agriculture: Farm protest in Iowa, 1929-1969," takes a closer look at mobilization of farmers to confront and obstruct tuberculosis testing of cattle during the Iowa Cow Wars of the early 1930s and the commodity holding actions of the National Farmers Organization in the 1960s. Be on the lookout for information about Assistant Professor Abby Dubisar's exhibit-related lecture on Sept. 11, 2018, at the Ames Public Library. This exhibition runs through January 2019.

The Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) welcomes visits from ISU students, faculty and staff and offers help with research needs that utilize the rare and unique materials held by SCUA. Archivists will work with instructors to develop class projects that incorporate SCUA resources and can provide instruction on primary source research.

SCUA contains over 17,000 linear feet of archival materials, which document agriculture, natural history, statistics, veterinary medicine, the history of the University, and women in science and engineering. Manuscript collections, donated by individuals and organizations, and the University Archives, consisting of official records and faculty papers, together comprise over 1,000,000 photographs, 3,000 artifacts and 10,000 motion picture films. There are also 50,000 antiquarian and rare books, which date to 1475, with concentrations in agriculture and the natural sciences.

Portions of the collections are available online through Digital Collections and a variety of social media platforms. 

More information about SCUA can be found on our website. Stop by and visit us on the 4th floor of the Parks Library (403 Parks).

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