Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is involved in a number of projects to expand discovery and access of our collections, including mass digitization, transcription and captioning, crowdsourced description, and reformatting of at-risk media. We are also engaged in a number of efforts to document the ISU community through oral history, with a focus on underrepresented communities on campus. 

HBCU Connections at Iowa State University

The University Library's first Residency Librarian, Shaina Destine, created the HBCU Connections at ISU in 2018. This wiki profiles Black ISU alumni who went on to serve as faculty, staff, and admistrators at HBCUs. This project was created to bridge the gap between SCUA and the special collections departments of the HBCUs in these profiles. Another important goal for this project is to represent Black students in our collections because their history is ISU history. 

Visit the project announcement for more information on the creation of this project: HBCU Connections at Iowa State University.


Covid-19 Stories

SCUA invites you to help us gather and preserve our communities’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. ISU students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members throughout Iowa and the Midwest are invited to share their experiences and thoughts during this unprecedented time. Materials submitted will be gathered into a collection and made available to the public as a contribution to the historical record of these events. 

Read more about the origin of the COVID-19 Stories Project: Announcing COVID-19 Stories Project.

Other Projects

History at Home: Community Archival Film Screenings

Email us at archives@iastate.edu for more information on past and current projects or if you are interested in collaborating with us.