Posted by: Whitney | February 9, 2016

Black History in Iowa

February marks Black History Month, or African-American History Month, in the U.S. and Canada. It’s true that the population of Iowa is mostly white, and African-Americans only make up about 3.4% of the state population. One of the largest (if not the largest) populations of African-Americans in the state is centered in Iowa’s largest city, Des Moines, making up 10.2% of the population of the city. African-Americans first started migrating to Iowa and Des Moines in the 1800s. Since then, there has been a history of opportunity, but also prejudice and discrimination, like every other part of the United States.

In our film collection, we have a recording that discusses all of this, entitled Black Des Moines: Voices Seldom Heard. It was recorded in 1985, produced by WOI, and produced, narrated, and written by Verda Louise Williams. It’s available on our YouTube channel, and you can watch it here below (approx. 60 minutes). If you have the time, watch it. It reveals a lesser-known side of Iowa and examines the history of African-Americans in Des Moines, featuring interviews with people who lived it.

Admittedly, our collections largely document the white experience – likely due to the fact that most of our population is white. We do, however, try to document diverse experiences, and we have a subject guide devoted to that. Collections directly tied to the African-American experience include the George Washington Carver Collection (please also see the digital collection), the Jack Trice Papers (please also see the digital collection), and the Verda Louise Williams Papers (also linked earlier in this post). In addition, we have relevant records of student organizations and subject files, which can be found in the University Archives Subject Index.

We also have reference files regarding African-American alumni, faculty, and administrators of Iowa State. Contact us or stop by if you have any questions or want to see any of our collections!

Posted by: Amy | February 5, 2016

Thanks for coloring with us!

It’s been quite the week of coloring! We’ve enjoyed sharing our collections with you, and we hope you’ve enjoyed coloring them. Here is the final coloring page of the week. Another from Novo teatro di machine et edificii.

Vittorio Zonca’s Novo Teatro di Machine et Edificii… Call number: TJ144 .Z75n

Vittorio Zonca’s Novo Teatro di Machine et Edificii… Call number: TJ144 .Z75n

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Posted by: Whitney | February 5, 2016

Fashionable Friday

Here is another feature from the History of Costume collection! This time we have an example of costuming from the 16th century (presumably England). These fashion cards come from just one folder of the collection, and cover ancient Egyptian fashion through 17th century European.

An example of 16th-century fashion. RS 12/10/5, Box 1, Folder 4.

An example of 16th-century fashion. RS 12/10/5, Box 2, Folder 4.

 

Click here to download and print the page – happy coloring!

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Posted by: Rachel | February 5, 2016

Friday Flower Power!

Happy Friday! Our first page of the day is from Histoire des insectes de l’Europe by Maria Sibylla Merian. Merian was a naturalist and nature artist known for her illustrations of insects and plants. This book contains many beautiful illustrations of insects, plants, and flowers.

 

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Posted by: Whitney | February 4, 2016

Color a Pine Cone!

For our next coloring page, we have an illustration of a twig from a Jack Pine, by Ada Hayden. She was an early 20th-century botanist and earned both her Bachelor’s and doctoral degrees here at Iowa State. She also specialized in photographing and illustrating plant life. You’ll need a sharp colored pencil for this one – have fun!

An illustration of a Jack Pine twig and pine cone, by Ada Hayden. RS 13/5/55, Box 5.

An illustration of a Jack Pine twig and pine cone, by Ada Hayden. RS 13/5/55, Box 5.

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Posted by: Amy | February 4, 2016

Abstract coloring

To the botanist, it is an asparagus root, but to you it may be a maze of bubbles or the rings of Saturn. Let your imagination fly with this one! It is from Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants from 1682.

Nehemiah Grew's The Anatomy of Plants. Call number: QK41 G869ap

Nehemiah Grew’s The Anatomy of Plants. Call number: QK41 G869ap

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Please share what you’ve colored! Tag #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives

Posted by: Amy | February 4, 2016

Color the theater

Here’s another coloring page from our Rare Books collection. This one is from Novo teatro di machine et edificii from 1607, showing new theater machinery.

Vittorio Zonca's Novo Teatro di Machine et Edificii... Call number: TJ144 .Z75n

Vittorio Zonca’s Novo Teatro di Machine et Edificii… Call number: TJ144 .Z75n

Click here to download and print the page.

Please share what you’ve colored with us! Tag #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives

Posted by: Rachel | February 3, 2016

Color the cookbook!

Here is our last coloring page for the day. It’s from Mrs. Welch’s Cook Book.

You can browse our Cookbook Collection online: http://digitalcollections.lib.iastate.edu/cookbook-collection

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Tag your work #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives

This week-long foray into the coloring craze was initiated by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. We are participating in this week-long special collections coloring fest to promote our collections anad engage followers.

Check out the 70+ other repositories joining in on the fun!

Posted by: Rachel | February 3, 2016

Color the Bomb!

Here is our second coloring page of the day. It’s from the Bomb, The Iowa Agricultural College/Iowa State University yearbook. The Bomb was published annually for the graduating classes of 1894 through 1994, with the exception of 1902.

Stop by our reading room and browse all volumes, we’re open Monday-Friday from 10 -4. You can also click here to browse selected volumes online.

Title page from the 1895 The Bomb

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Posted by: Amy | February 3, 2016

Herbal illustrator

Good morning! Today’s coloring pages come from our rare books collection. First up is a page from Otto Brunfel’s Herbal from 1532. Brunfel was one of the three “founders of botany.” Many early herbals were printed with engravings that were meant to be hand-colored later. Now you can be an herbal illustrator!

Otto Brunfel's Herberum vivae eicones. Call number: QK41 .B835h.

Otto Brunfel’s Herberum vivae eicones. Call number: QK41 .B835h.

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