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Library's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records, and other historical documents.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.


As of 10/11/21, the reading room will be closed on Fridays. Our hours will be 9-5, Monday-Thursday.

Fall/Winter Closures:

The reading room will be closed November 22-26.

The reading room will be closed December 27-31.

Decorative icon for CARDinal  of CARDinal's home page links to CARDinal home page

Decorative icon photograph of two white female students close up viewing primary source documents links to Instruction request page

Decorative icon for Projects page, links to Projects page, picture of WWII era Curtiss Wright Engineer Cadettes welding