Collections in the CYbrary document various aspects of the University over the years. The history of the University, student life and activities, evolution of the campus, and major events are represented through historic photographs, student writings, and past University publications. The Iowa State University Library and Special Collections Department house a variety of ISU archives. For more archive collections, search the library catalog
or Special Collections
, also refer to finding aids for complete lists of individual collections.
Ada Hayden was the first woman to earn a Doctor of Philosophy at Iowa State; she also became curator of the Herbarium, and added over 40,000 specimens to the collection. Ada Hayden finding aid.
The Iowa Agriculture College newspaper, "The Aurora" was published monthly by the students for the four literary societies on campus. It contains thoughts on culture, reading, and science, as well as notes on alumni, the campus, and student life.
ISU Commencement Programs
from 1871-1907, inlcude the program plus the list of commencement week activities. Some include an invitation and names of expected graduates.
An album of Iowa State memories published by the Iowa State University Alumni Association in 1975 to recognize the nation's Bicentennial.
Began in 1938, it was the first veterinary student publication in the country covering research of the Veterinary Research Institute and of the Veterinary School departments; it also included news on faculty, students and alumni.
Mary B. Welch developed and implemented the Department of Domestic Economy at Iowa State in 1875. The course combined elements of chemistry, botany, physiology, geology, and physics that applied to domestic economy.Mary B. Welch finding aid
Benjamin F. Gue's account of the early history and founding of Iowa State College.Benjamin Gue finding aid
University photographs collection is a sampling of historical photographs documenting the various events, buildings, and people of the University, chosen from the Special Collections Department.University Photographs finding aid
A collection of speeches and writings of the first president of the Iowa State Agriculture College (Iowa State University) from 1869-1883.
Adonijah Welch finding aid
The Iowa Agricultural College/Iowa State University yearbook, the Bomb was published annually from 1893 to 1993, with the exception of 1902. Currently includes 1894, 1895, 1992-94 and the Centennial Album (1993). Bomb finding aid
Photos, publications, course materials, and ephemera documenting the Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes
at ISU during World War II. Finding aid
H. Summerfield Day's history of Iowa State University's buildings and grounds from 1859-1979. Twelve years in the making, it contains information on virtually every building or structure that had been built on the Iowa State University campus prior to 1979.
Jack Trice was the first African-American athlete at ISU, competing in football and track. During his first football game, he suffered severe injures that resulted in his death. In 1997, the ISU football stadium was formally named after him.
Jack Trice finding aid
1906 Olmsted Brothers report commissioned by ISC on the future plans of the campus that influenced some of the building locations including Curtiss Hall and State Gym.
Sketch is a literary journal edited and published by Iowa State University students incorporating juried artistic works, written or visual, by students. The journal began in 1934 and continues today. Currently includes issues from 1934 to 2013 (v.1-v.77).