Special Collections and University Archives collects a variety of three-dimensional items. Currently, there are about 3,500 items in the artifact collection dating from 1849 to the present. Examples of these objects include the death mask of Margaret Stanton (preceptress and wife of Edgar Stanton, class of 1872), a letter sweater, freshman beanies, the National Medal of Technology given to John Vincent Atanasoff, and numerous buttons and pins from various campus organizations and events.

Work continues on rehousing, identifying, and describing each artifact in the collection. Information and digital images for each artifact are being entered into a database, which will allow better access to the objects. Currently, researchers are able to browse through the large catalog listing below, but the Department hopes to provide improved online access to the collection in the near future.

Catalog of artifacts (PDF file - 20.31 MB)

The easiest way to find artifacts is to do a ctrl+f search.  Artifacts are listed by collection name and object ID number.

Due to a long-term project to rehouse all artifacts, any requests to view artifacts need to be submitted at least 1 working day in advance.

If you have any questions regarding the artifact collection, please contact Special Collections and University Archives at (515) 294-6672 or