New Online Exhibit:Reflections on ISU Extension is a new digital collection available through the Iowa State University Library and Special Collections. Offering several types of documents and photographs, as well as media, this collection currently encompasses the work and progress achieved by the Iowa State Extension Service during the 1900-1924 time period. Browse the collection here.
New Exhibit: May marked the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act. This federal legislation created a nationwide system of cooperative extension services that continues to provide outreach activities through land-grant universities, including Iowa State. A new exhibit honoring Iowa's Extension pioneers is on display in the Special Collections Department. You can also read more about early Extension activities at Iowa State on our blog.
Harry J. Svec (1918-2006) was a professor in the Chemistry Department and researcher at the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University. Perhaps best known for his work with mass spectrometry, Svec also worked under Frank H. Spedding on the Manhattan Project and served as the departmental glassblower in the Chemistry Department. He earned his Ph.D. at Iowa State in 1950. This collection contains correspondence and various records of Svec’s tenure at Iowa State, including materials such as published works, project records, lectures, and notebooks. Most of the materials cover his work in mass spectrometry, the Ames Laboratory and Chemistry Department, course involvement, research, and professional organizations.
For more information, please see the collection’s finding aid.