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Student and Student Org Records Sought to Preserve History

Author: Rebecca Wells

Images from Special Collections and University Archives. Student gatherings. Spirit events including the mascot Cy.

It’s the start of a new school year, and that means the start of new classes and activities and the return to those events and organizations that make Iowa State our home away from home. Special Collections and

University Archives (SCUA) is the home to many of the documents, photographs, and digital files that tell the history of the university. A history that is incomplete without the records and stories of students and student organizations.

SCUA is always looking for students and student organizations who may be interested in working with us to donate their records to the archives. Both digital and paper files that document your life on campus and the operations of the student organizations you’re involved in can help shape the history of the university. This is a way for people now and in the future to see themselves as a part of that history.

And don’t worry about if your stuff is “old enough.” Records from last year are “old enough” if you are not actively using them anymore.  You can get a head start by preparing to donate this year’s records at the end of the semester or at the end of the school year.

If you are curious and want to learn more, check out this guide to Archiving Student Life at Iowa State University and reach out to Rebecca Wells, the student life archivist.