Mission Statement

The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and shares documentation of the experiences, achievements, and memories of people and organizations reflecting the university's major research areas, with a special commitment to documenting the history of the university. Supporting the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology and human creativity to work, we strive to enrich learning and encourage investigation by a diverse community of users.

Collection Development Policy

This policy defines the types of collections we are interested in acquiring. If you are unsure if your collection would be appropriate for our repository, please contact us.

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