Welcome!

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Library's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records, and other historical documents.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


Material Availability Notice:

Due to a sprinkler leak in the stacks area, certain collections are not open to research at this time.

Archives book range:

HD 1401 C33x c.1 to SK 61 c83x

Manuscripts collection range:

MS 286-334


Reading room updates

We are committed to providing a quality learning and research experience for the Iowa State community and also our off-campus and off-site researchers.

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have revised policies and procedures. Read about our modified services here.

To make an appointment, please email archives@iastate.edu

For University Library updates, click here.

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

Upcoming Summer Closures

May 10-14

June 7-11

July 5-9

August 2-6