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The Special Collections and University Archives Department of Iowa State University Library is located in Parks Library in the city of Ames.  Created in 1969, the department’s mission is to identify, select, preserve, create access to, provide reference assistance for, and promote the use of rare and unique research materials that support the major research areas (including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, and engineering) of Iowa State University.

Our staff consists of four professional archivists and librarians, three full time staff members, and several student workers.  Most of the blog posts are written by Laura Sullivan, Assistant Archivist in the Special Collections Department.

The blog will share relevant updates and news on the department, information on new collections and finding aids, highlights from our collections and items such as artifacts and rare books, reports on current and ongoing projects, and other items of potential interest.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this blog’s posts are those of the individual authors, and do not represent the official position of Iowa State University or Iowa State University Library.

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