Our Mission

Special Collections and University Archives is home to Iowa State University Library's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records, and other historical documents. Our collection covers a large range of areas, including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, engineering, technology, and Iowa State University history.

We collect and preserve these materials to enhance scholarship and to help researchers understand the past and its relationship to the present.

We welcome and are open to all who want to see and research these rare and unique materials.

COVID-19 Stories

Special Collections and University Archives invite you to help us capture and preserve our communities’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. ISU students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members throughout Iowa are invited to share their experiences and thoughts during this unprecedented time. More info.

Parks Library building is currently closed to the public but is open online

In an effort to prioritize the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, Parks Library will remain closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Special Collections and University Archives reading room.

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For questions and information relevant to Special Collections and University Archives please email us at archives@iastate.edu