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Drake Relays
 

Drake Relays Digital Archive

Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections

In 1910, perhaps 100 fans witnessed the first Drake Relays. This event grew from a dirt track on the outskirts of a fledgling Des Moines to become one of the premier track and field competitions in the country. This collection showcases the history of the Drake Relays through hundreds of images, documents and articles.

 
UI Iowa City Flood
 Iowa City Flood

Contributors: Story Corps, Office of University Relations, and University of Iowa Department of Anthropology

In June 2008, the Midwest experienced one of its most severe floods on record, causing the closure of highways and the evacuation of homes and businesses.  Compiled in this collection are over 3,400 photographs taken by the University News Services documenting the event on the University of Iowa campus and in the Iowa City/Coralville area. Also included are two dozen oral history interviews, recorded by the UI Anthropology Department and by StoryCorps in collaboration with the UI Libraries, that capture the experiences of eastern Iowans affected by the flood.


Industry and Commerce

Maas Railroadiana

John P. Vander Maas Railroadiana Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa, Libraries Special Collections

The John P. Vander Maas Railroadiana Collection, held by the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department, includes hundreds of thousands of items related to the American railroad industry. For over 30 years, John P. Vander Maas collected the timetables, train orders, menus, tickets, passes, postcards, business forms and other ephemera from multiple railroads across the country. Vander Maas also collected hundreds of images of locomotives and equipment and depots for multiple railways across the country. This digital collection represents Vander Maas' collection of railroad depot photographs from the state of Iowa, held in scrapbooks where images are organized by state, county and town. The photographs document extant and long-abandoned depots in images dating from the late 1800's into the 1980's. The bulk of the photographs date from approximately 1950 to 1980. A valuable resource for both railroad aficionados and scholars, the Vander Maas collection is one of the most impressive gatherings of railroad source material in the country.
 
Grinnell Spaulding
 

Spaulding Collection

Contributor: Grinnell Public Library, Stewart Library Archives

Spaulding Manufacturing Company of Grinnell, Iowa H.W. Spaulding began making carriages and spring wagons in Grinnell, Iowa in 1876. In 1909 the Spaulding Manufacturing Company added automobilies to its production line. Spaulding automobiles were known for their quality construction from rugged materials. Automobile production ceased at the Spaulding factory in 1916 when it could no longer compete with the cheaper Ford automobile.
 
UI Bookbinding

 

University of Iowa Libraries Bookbinding Model Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries

The Historical Bookbinding Model Collection is a resource used in book studies courses at the University of Iowa. These models represent and demonstrate the structures and characteristic mobility of books across time and cultures. The collection is housed in the Preservation department of the University of Iowa Libraries. The collection can be accessed by maker, education function, structure name, culture context, production context and century of prevalence. The search terms used are provided in a thesaurus.
 

 Maps, Atlases, Surveys

 
DIGS
 

Digital Iowa Geological ResourceS (DIGS)

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Geoscience Library

Included in this collection are annual surveys from the late 19th century, published by the Iowa Geological Survey as well as shorter technical papers related specifically to coal in Iowa. These materials are full-text searchable.

Hixon Atlas

Hixson Plat Map Atlases of Iowa

Contributor: University of Iowa Archives


95 plat books, published by W.W. Hixson & Co. in 1930, showing land ownership maps for townships in Iowa counties. The maps include some topographic information.


 
Iowa Map
 

Iowa Map Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Map Collection and State Historical Society of Iowa

Until this time, of the two most widely used early Iowa atlases, the 1875 Andreas Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa has been the most readily available in digital format. With this in mind, the University of Iowa Libraries Map Collection has undertaken and completed the digitization of the 202 maps and photographic plates comprising the 1904 Huebinger Atlas of the State of Iowa, complete with zoom and pan capability. Subsequent additions to this collection include early Iowa county landownership atlases.
 

 Music

 
Grundy Concert
 

Grundy Center Concert Band Audio Collection    

Contributor: University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library, Art and Music Collection

Iowa has long recognized the importance of music education in its public school curricula. Most former high school band members will recall practicing for marching band in the hot summer sun and the rewards of a job well done when hearing the applause of the audience after a concert band performance. Included in this performance from 1965 of the Grundy Center High School Band, conducted by Mr. Charles Lehr, are pieces that feature the trumpet and woodwind sections of the band.
 
UI Sheet Music
 

Historic Sheet Music Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Rita Benton Music Library

The University of Iowa Historic Sheet Music Collection gathers together all sorts of music that creates a snapshot of the music Eastern Iowans played and sang in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A significant portion of the collection was originally housed at the Cedar Rapids Public Library and then dispersed to area colleges and universities upon its withdrawal from that library. The collection is somewhat generic in its scope although it preserves images of music that were popular for the day. Not only is the music of interest, but the cover art work and photographs, along with advertisements, provide a picture of society, fashion, and important moments in history. There are also a number of songs about Iowa, including Way Down in Iowa, the Iowa Corn Song and I'm From Iowa (That Beautiful Iowa Song).
 
Jazz Band One
 

Jazz Band One Audio Collection

Contributor: University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library, Art and Music Collection

The School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa is recognized as one of the finest college music programs in the Midwest. Offering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the School of Music offers many ensemble performance opportunities for students including marching and symphonic bands, numerous choral ensembles, orchestra, and jazz ensembles. The jazz studies program has been recognized at the national and international level for the quality of its graduates and for the many outstanding performances and recordings of the jazz band. This audio collection showcases the artistry of the UNI jazz band in recordings made in the 1980's, 1990's, and today.
 
Sinfonian
 
 

Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Audio Collection

Contributor: University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library, Art and Music Collection

The Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity, began sponsoring an annual jazz concert at UNI in February 1951. The first show consisted of several musicians gathered in the student union, called the Commons, and jamming. By 1953, the show, called "Dimensions in Jazz", had gained such popularity that two shows were scheduled. Performing at the concerts were jazz band ensembles and choruses. The clips of music in this collection are from recordings made of number of those lively concerts.
 
Love Iowa Audio

We Love Iowa Audio Collection

Contributor: University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library, Art and Music Collection

With music and lyrics written by long time Des Moines area musician Bob Cook, the album "We Love Iowa" was published in 1979 as a promotional album for an area Savings & Loan Association. The eleven songs on the album, from the signature tune "We Love Iowa&" to "Are You Goin' to the Fair", evoke the loyalty and love that Iowans have for the Hawkeye state.
 

 People, Biographies

 
Letter from Abraham Lincoln to General Samuel R. Curtis
 

Abraham Lincoln Documents at the State Historical Society of Iowa

Contributor: State Historical Society of Iowa

This is a collection of letters and documents written by and to Abraham Lincoln between 1843 and 1865. Most of the correspondence is from his Presidency and relates to the Civil War. The collection is housed at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa.

 
African Amer Women Iowa
 

African American Women in Iowa Collection

Contributor: The African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa and University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives.

Historian Darlene Clark Hine said: "There is an urgent need to discover and collect more primary source materials pertaining to the lives and experiences of ordinary middle western Black women in both rural and urban communities." Although Hine and her colleagues centered their efforts on African-American women in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan -- states which traditionally have had more sizable black populations than Iowa -- the history of African-American women in this state is no less important. Indeed, Iowa's African women share a collective history that is both precious and powerful but all too seldom explored. --Kathryn M. Neal, from Giving Our History a Home: The African-American Women in Iowa Project.
 
Grinnell Robinson
 

Billy Robinson Collection

Contributor: Grinnell Public Library, Stewart Library Archives

Grinnell Public Library maintains a small, but rich, archive containing many photographs of its earlier days. The Billy Robinson collection presents a glimpse into the Grinnell aviation industry during the 1910's. Robinson designed and developed one of the first air-cooled radial engines, which he successfully flew, flying from Des Moines to Kentland , Indiana in 1914, thus setting an American record for a nonstop flight. Robinson was killed in a 1916 plane crash while attempting to set an altitude record.
 
Calvin Photos
 

Calvin Photographs Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa, Department of Geoscience

During the mid-1800's photography became a popular hobby and natural tool for scientists. Samuel Calvin, Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Iowa (1873-1911) and State Geologist, took more than 5,000 photographs, which he used to illustrate specific geological features for class instruction, public lectures, and publications. In addition to geological landscapes and features, Calvin and his colleagues documented mines, quarries, mills, and other buildings. The collection, held by the University of Iowa Department of Geoscience, also contains portraits of Calvin's family, colleagues, and classes in the field.
 
UI College of Dentistry

Dentistry College Class Photographs

Contributors: University of Iowa Archives and University of Iowa College of Dentistry

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, class photo boards (1883-1967) were converted to digital format as part of the preservation process. This digital collection includes photo boards that display entire classes as well as individual, high-resolution student and faculty photographs.

 
UI Drewelowe

 Eve Drewelowe Digital Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives and University of Iowa, School of Art and History

In 1924, native Iowan Eve Drewelowe received the first graduate degree in fine arts granted by The University of Iowa. She then married Jacob Van Ek, moved to Boulder, and embarked on a 13-month trip around the world that she documented in seven travel sketchbooks. After a health crisis in 1940, Drewelowe rededicated herself to her painting. Working in impressionist, social realist, and abstract expressionist styles, she has had artworks displayed nationally in solo exhibitions. Drewelowe continued to paint until her death in 1988.
 
Birkby
 

Evelyn Birkby Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives

On May 15, 1950, Evelyn Birkby took her weekly Shenandoah Evening Sentinel "Up a Country Lane" column on the air with KMA radio station, changing its name to "Down a Country Lane." The radio program was a forum to share her observations about her own experiences and those of her neighbors. The program was broadcast over KMA until 1952. Birkby took a hiatus until 1955, when she began working for Kitchen-Klatter as a writer and broadcaster. The Evelyn Birkby Collection of Radio Homemaker Materials date from 1927 to 1999 and measure 3 linear feet. The bulk of these papers are in the form of publications.
 
IA Govs
 

Governors of Iowa

Contributors: Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa and the State Historical Society of Iowa

 Out of 42 governors from the state of Iowa, two have served twice, both with a twelve year hiatus between the two terms.  Governor Samuel Kirkwood served from 1860-1864 and again from 1876-1877. Governor Terry Branstad served from 1983-1999 and was re-elected to a term beginning in 2011. Images and biographies of all Iowa's governors beginning with the  first territorial governor in 1838 are included here.  There are also links to the Executive Orders of the governors. Pictured here is Governor Ansell Briggs who served from 1846-1850. He was the first Iowa governor to serve following the terms of three Iowa Territory governors.


Grand View College Class Photograh 1901-1902

 

Grand View College Class Photographs 1896-1919 

Contributor: Grand View University Danish Immigrant Archives

Founded in 1896 as a "folkschool", Grand View served students in the Danish community in the United States as a training center for church leadership and as a school where Danish spiritual and cultural heritage could be conserved and transmitted to future generations.  The Grand View Danish Immigrant Archives houses materials relating to the founding and early years of Grand View College, which became Grand View University in 2008.  The collection contains yearbooks, student publications, photographs, college catalogs, and  more.  This digital collection contains class photographs dating from 1896 to 1919.

 
UI Wallace

 Henry A. Wallace Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections

Iowa native Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965), the 33rd vice president of the United States, occupies a unique niche within American history, at the crossroads of some of the 20th century's most important moments: the economic and agricultural consequences of the Great Depression, the role of the vice president during World War II, and the subsequent development of alternative political party structures as the nation and the world recovered from the conflict and new power dynamics were formed. This digital collection of the Henry A. Wallace Papers features images, a collection index, and 67,000 pages of correspondence, memoranda, and other documents.

 
Children's Diaries
 

Historic Iowa Children's Diaries

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives & State Historical Society of Iowa

Led by the staff of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa Pentacrest, this project seeks to connect Iowa 4th through 6th graders with state history by inviting them to record their thoughts on life in Iowa today, just as many young settlers did 150 years ago in diary entries now housed in Special Collections at the UI Libraries Iowa Women's Archives and State Historical Society of Iowa. This digital component of the project makes the diaries available to those students unable to attend the exhibit or to prepare visitors for their experience at the museum.
 
UI Womens Archive Founders
 Iowa Women's Archives Founders

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives

This digital collection includes photographs and scrapbooks featuring news clippings, newsletters, and correspondence formerly owned by Iowa natives Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith. Noun was a social activist, art collector, and author of several books on women's history. Smith was a political activist who fought for equal rights and became the first female chair of the Republican National Committee. Together, they founded the Louise Noun - Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives, which opened in 1992 at The University of Iowa Libraries.

 
Drake Bright
 

Johnny Bright Story, Drake University

Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections

The intentional slugging of Drake halfback Johnny Bright at a game at Oklahoma A&M in 1951 caused repercussions in the intercollegiate athletics world and brought changes in rules and equipment. This collection presents the Pulitzer prize winning Des Moines Register photographs, oral histories from witnesses, and various documents that have been digitized.
 
Drake Tomlin
 

Looking for Ernest Tomlin Collection, Drake University

Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections

The sinking of the Titanic brought a personal loss to the students and staff at Drake University. An "A" student, Tomlin learned in 1910 that his father was ill and traveled to London to care for him. In the spring of 1912, Tomlin booked passage on the "RMS Titanic" in order to return to his studies at Drake.
 
UI Benson
 Mildred Wirt Benson Collection

Contributors: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives; University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections; and The University of Iowa Archives

This rich collection features digitized artifacts about University of Iowa alumna Mildred Wirt Benson: journalist, pilot, amateur archaeologist, ghostwriter, and the original author of the best-selling Nancy Drew ® mystery series.
 
Mujeres Latinas
 

Mujeres Latinas Digital Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives

Latinos began arriving in Iowa as early as the 1880s. They built homes and communities near the railroad yards where they worked. Later they followed the harvests to work in the rich agricultural fields as migrant laborers. More recently they have found employment in Iowa's packinghouses and service sector industries. Today Iowa is home to Latinos and Latinas from many countries whose work reflects a wide range of occupations and professions. The Mujeres Latinas project of the Iowa Women's Archives has been established to collect and preserve materials including photographs, letters and oral histories to document the lives and contributions of Latinas and their families to Iowa history.

Johnson Brigham

 

State Librarians of Iowa

Contributor: Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa

This collection contains photographs and biographies of the Iowa state librarians from 1837 to the present. Eleven of the twenty-seven librarians have been women, the first being Ada North from 1872-1877. She was appointed after her predecessor died unexpectedly. Johnson Brigham, shown here, was the longest serving State Librarian serving from 1898-1936. He was a noted Iowa author and historian and made many contributions to Iowa libraries. He died at the age of 90 when he was still the State Librarian.

The Story of Iowa, A Children's History
The Story of Iowa, A Children's History

Contributor: University of Northern Iowa, Digital Collections

Do you remember studying Iowa History in 5th or 6th grade? If you grew up in Iowa, the chances you did are about 100%. Thomas Christensen wrote the first edition of this book in 1928, and soon after that, the Iowa General Assembly passed a law requiring the study of Iowa History. This 2nd edition of The Story of Iowa, a Children’s History was published in 1931. It takes this new law into account, providing many photos and maps, so that the subject can be taught by many different methods.
 
Drake Johnston
 

Verona Johnston Collection , Drake University

Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections

Born in Indianola, Iowa on August 6, 1890, Emma Verona Calhoun Johnston was not only the oldest living American; she was also a graduate of Drake University. View this collection of images and documents that celebrate the life of this 1913 graduate.
 
Catich
 

The Work of Father Edward M. Catich

Contributor: St. Ambrose University

Fr. Catich, son of a Croatian immigrant, orphaned at age 11, supported himself as a sign painter before he entered St. Ambrose, graduating in 1934. After earning a master's degree at the University of Iowa and becoming an ordained priest in Rome, he returned to St. Ambrose to teach in 1938. During his 40-year teaching career at the university, Fr. Edward M. Catich not only founded the university's art department, but also almost single-handedly elevated it to international status through his definitive contributions to calligraphy and revolutionary art theories. Catich advocated making the medium the message with the use of everyday materials to create this more "accessible" art.
 

 Places

 
Amana Heritage Society
 

Amana Heritage Society Collection

Contributor: Amana Heritage Society

The Amana Heritage Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Amana Colonies. This collection is a sample of the many historic and current photographs of people, places, and events relating to the history of the Amana Colonies.
 
Bicentennial Reflections Cover Page
 

Bicentennial Reflections--History of the Des Moines Public Schools, 1846-1976

Contributor: Dr. Robert R. Denny, Des Moines Public Schools

This Des Moines Public School history was written on the 200th anniversary of the birth of the United States. It is illustrated with pictures of all the schools and presents in great detail the history of public education in Des Moines including  each elementary, junior high and high school that was ever built.
 
Carnegie Libs
 

Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP) Collection

Contributor: University of Iowa, School of Library and Information Science

At the beginning of the twentieth century many Iowa communities sought and received funding from the Carnegie Corporation, resulting in the building of 101 public libraries. The Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP), a partnership between the University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science and Iowa's librarians, is charting changes in Iowa's Carnegie libraries through digital images, documents and statistical data.
 Des Moines Public Library Postcard Collection
 

Des Moines Public Library Postcard Collection

Contributor: Des Moines Public Library

The Des Moines Public Library Postcard Collection includes postcards depicting scenes from all over the state of Iowa. For this digital collection, we chose to focus on the Des Moines area and specifically on those postcards that had been posted. Our process of digitizing and combining both the front and back side of each unique postcard into single images makes each one more accessible to a larger audience. Each of the personal sender's messages opens a window to the past, an understanding of lives and relationships in the early 1900s.

 
DMU Photos
 

Des Moines University Historic Photograph Collection

Contributor: Des Moines University

Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center is a freestanding medical university founded in 1898 as the Dr. S.S. Still College of Osteopathy in Des Moines, Iowa. Today the university includes three colleges: the College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery; and the College of Health Sciences. This collection is a digital sample of the most popular images from the resources housed in the Kendall Reed Rare Book Room. They show the university's three campuses, early leadership, and student life.
 
Four Mounds
 

Four Mounds Digital Collection

Contributor: Four Mounds Foundation, Dubuque, Iowa

Four Mounds Foundation was founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization as a means for managing and stewarding a generous gift of property willed of the City of Dubuque from the estate of Elizabeth Adams Burden upon her passing in 1982. The Burdens had a vision for the 54 acres of scenic river view property - that it be preserved for the public good and utilized for educational purposes. The foundation exists to perpetuate that vision through preservation of the estate and operation of its vocational at-risk youth program. 

 
Drake DM Photos

 

Historic Des Moines Collection, Drake University

Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections

Take a glimpse of Des Moines, Iowa as it entered the 20th century. The Historic Des Moines Collection features photographs of homes, parks and public places taken between 1904 and 1914. The collection is made up of about 200 images taken from sources held in the Cowles Library Special Collections. Each image has been researched, described and indexed. Current images are linked for structures that still stand. Use the Search/Browse page to view images by address, business name, or subject. Accompanying the collection is the article From the Real to the Ideal; Images of Des Moines in the Progressive Era.

 View of the Iowa Capitol Building to the north  

Iowa Capitol Complex 

Contributor: Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa

Photos of the Iowa Capitol Complex were taken around 1913 when state officials decided to clean up the area around the Capitol. There were very few state buildings and monuments at that time. The Capitol was surrounded by older residential buildings and was not in an attractive area. Each photo is paired with one showing a similar view in 2010. Following the photos is the Rowley vs. Clarke case in which a lawsuit is filed by citizens of Van Buren and Wapello Counties who objected to the levying of taxes by the state to pay for the purchase of land around the Capitol grounds. The photos in the collection were used in the case to show the need for improving the Capitol grounds.

 
Iowa City Photos
 

Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections

The Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes Collection contains work by the two photographers who were primary in capturing the history of the Iowa City area for over a century. Samuel Calvin, Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Iowa (1873-1911) exhibited important geological features both in and outside of Iowa with his glass plate camera, but his photographs of Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus show its history in beautiful detail. Frederick Wallace Kent followed as lecturer and instructor in photography at the University beginning in 1923, and later founded the University Photo Service in 1947. Kent captured not only university life such as sports and graduation in detail, but also photographed commercial and residential buildings off-campus in Iowa City, both from the ground and above. Together, these two photograph collections are an invaluable pictoral piece of Iowa City history.
 
ISU Counties
 

ISU County Histories Collection

Contributor: Iowa State University, Special Collections

The Iowa County Histories document the early history of Iowa and provide biographical sketches of its citizens. Descriptions of the events that shaped the towns, early settlement, territorial history, local government, economic development, and surveys and statistics provide some of the background. These electronic versions are full-text searchable through the Acrobat search option and navigable via the bookmarks tab to the left of the page images.
 
Mason City Photos
 

Mason City Public Library Photograph Collection

Contributor: Mason City Public Library

The Historical Department of the Mason City Public Library has an impressive photographic collection of over 100,000 images, dating back to the earliest days of Mason City. The collection consists of both photographic negatives and prints. A significant part of the collection comes from three local photographers: Walter Burton Wright, Safford Lock, and Elwin Musser.
 
Iowa Barns
 

Michael P. Harker's Iowa Barns Collection

Contributor: Iowa State University, Special Collections

The Iowa County Histories document the early history of Iowa and provide biographical sketches of its citizens. Descriptions of the events that shaped the towns, early settlement, territorial history, local government, economic development, and surveys and statistics provide some of the background. These electronic versions are full-text searchable through the Acrobat search option and navigable via the bookmarks tab to the left of the page images.

 
UI Phys Ed for Women
 University of Iowa Physical Education for Women

Contributors: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives

The Department of Physical Education for Women at The University of Iowa was a pioneer in the development of graduate study and professional training as well as athletic opportunities for women. The records of the department held by the Iowa Women's Archives span more than 100 years and include pamphlets, correspondence, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and films. Featured here are nearly 1000 digitized photographs from the collection.

 

 Publications, Broadcasting, Journalists

 
Coe College Student Humor
 

Coe College Student Humor Collection

Contributor: Coe College, Stewart Memorial Library

Coe College is a private, four-year co-educational liberal arts college that was founded in 1851 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "Coe College Student Humor" is a digital compilation of resources housed in the collections of Stewart Memorial Library's George T. Henry College Archives. At present, the Student Humor compilation focuses on a series of student-produced broadsides announcing the arrival of Flunk Day, a campus skip day that has been an annual occurrence since 1911. Much to the dismay of college officials, broadsides announcing that first event were clandestinely distributed at a chapel service, and the bulk of the student body subsequently abandoned campus for a day of leisure. Although a number of the Flunk Day broadsides are no longer extant, those that survive illustrate the changing nature of undergraduate humor. The last known Flunk Day broadside dates from the mid-1970s.
 
UI Journalists oral history
Iowa Journalists Oral Histories

Contributor: University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Iowa Journalists Oral History Project is the world's first video-streaming online repository of interviews with American journalists. The Project chose to interview Iowa reporters, editors, photographers and publishers at small, medium and large Iowa newspapers.
 
 
Drake Ding Cartoons
 

Editorial Cartoons of J.N. "Ding" Darling, Drake University

Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections

Pulitzer Prize winner Jay Norwood 'Ding' Darling created editorial cartoons for the Des Moines Register throughout the first half of the 20th century. Cowles Library's extensive collection of Ding Darling artist proofs has been digitized and is presented here online.
 
Irving Weber
 

Irving Weber's Iowa City

Contributor: Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club

Irving Weber began writing articles on the history of the city in 1973 for the Iowa City Press Citizen. These articles collectively became the 8 volumes known as "Irving Weber's Iowa City." Part recollection, part research each article conveys a part of the city's story from its founding until the mid 1990s. There are 482 articles in the 8 volumes, many with photographs. Weber brought the history of Iowa City to life with insight, friendly wit and a sharp detailed memory.
W9XK

WKX9 Experimental Television at Iowa

Contributor:
  University of Iowa Archives

Prime-time TV in America didn’t start in a laboratory at General Electric, RCA or AT&T, but instead at the corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. W9XK, the University of Iowa’s experimental television station, went on the air January 25, 1933, with a weekly or twice-weekly schedule of lectures, music, and drama. It was the first educational TV station in the U.S.  This collection, featuring over 100 items, includes photographs, correspondence, and articles chronicling W9XK’s brief but significant history. Materials are from the University of Iowa Archives, Department of Special Collections. No video or film footage of W9XK’s broadcasts is known to exist today.
 

 War, Civil Conflicts

Cedar Falls Civil War Exhibit Catalog Cedar Falls Civil War Exhibit Catalog

Contributor: University of Northern Iowa, Digital Collections

A catalog for an exhibit about the Civil War, shown at the Cedar Falls Historical Society from February to August 2007. The exhibit included items demonstrating the impact of the war on the Cedar Falls area.  This catalog is also the M.A. thesis for Cynthia Rae Huffman Sweet.
 
UI Civil War Diaries

Civil War Diaries and Letters

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections

This digital collection contains diaries and related items of soldiers from Iowa who fought in the American Civil War (1861-1865). The documents offer valuable insight on their day-to-day activities, accounts of battles, and feelings regarding the war and their time as soldiers. Several of the diaries include full or partial transcriptions.

 
Czech Civil War
 

A Czech in the American Civil War

Contributor: The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is the foremost American institution collecting, preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture. This digital collection presents a cache of 40 letters written in Czech by John Pospishil, a Czech immigrant to Iowa. Pospishil was a soldier in the American Civil War from 1862 to 1865 in the 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry. His letters were addressed to his father back home in Banner Valley, Linn County, Iowa. Scholars are being sought to help provide a typed Czech-language transcript and an English-language translation, which will be added to the digital collection as they become available.
 
WWII Clippings
 

World War II Iowa Press Clippings Collection

Contributors: Iowa City Genealogical Society & The State Historical Society of Iowa

During World War II the State Historical Society of Iowa staff collected, sorted, and filed about 800,000 Iowa newspaper clippings documenting Iowa's war efforts both at home and on foreign soil. More than 30 topics are covered by the clippings, including business and labor, casualties, education and training, farming and food, production and rationing, public health, life and activities, women's military activities, prisoners of war, and warships. The original clippings are closed to the public due to their deteriorating condition. Several of the topics are now available through ILL or purchase. A portion is being digitized and added to the IHDC.
   

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