Trivia Tuesday

Test your Iowa State University knowledge every Tuesday! Feel free to post your guesses in the comments, and we will post the correct answers in the comments Thursday morning. Good luck and Go State!

  1. Who was the first president of Iowa State?
  2. In what decade was the Cy mascot first introduced?
  3. What was the name of the Iowa State yearbook?
  4. How many cherry pies were made in 1922, the first year of the pie sale fundraiser?
    1. 700
    2. 3,000
    3. 2,000
    4. 200
Iowa State students selling cherry pies.
University Photos

Good luck! Feel free to poke around our blog to see if it helps you answer any of the questions!


Aeon Introduction

Hello everyone!

We’ve got an exciting change coming! This summer we will launch Aeon, a special collections and archives circulation system.

What does this mean for you? After you create an Aeon account, you will be able to make reading room and reproduction requests directly from our finding aids and the library’s catalog. You will also be able to access your request history–no more keeping track of your pink call slips! You can also save searches for the future while getting ready to do your research.

Aeon is a great tool for us to be able to collect anonymous data to know which collections might be good candidates for digitization, exhibits, even for use in classrooms.

Keep checking Cardinal Tales in the coming months for more updates, instructions, and neat features.


Weird, Wacky, Wonderful: “Standardness”

MS 636, Box 64, Folder 29, photo by Olivia Garrison

Normally I find material for these posts through searching the records for the answers to reference questions. However, I stumbled upon this when walking through our processing room, where one of our processing archivists was working with the Underground Comix collection.

This record is part of a series in the collection that contains non-comix materials produced by underground comix publishers. This record was produced by Krupp Comic Works (KCW). Of course, the key reason I chose this artifact for the blog is the “High Standard of Standardness”; surely the mark of a great song!


Weird, Wacky, Wonderful: Promenaders

If you were a student at Iowa State College in 1953, one of the many activities you could take part in was square dancing! The group was known as the Promenaders.

Students engaged in a square dance.
University Photos, Box 1668, Folder 7
“Members of Promenaders practicing before going to Square Dancing Convention in Chicago.”
University Photos, Box 1668, Folder 7

As of this writing, I do not know anything more about the Square Dancing Convention in Chicago, but I’m sure it would be really interesting to learn more!

Couples dancing.
University Photos, Box 1668, Folder 7

It looks like the Promenaders were having a great time! College is a time of exploration, and we have records for many of the unique and interesting clubs that have been available over the years. Have a particular club you want to learn more about? Come visit us in the archives on the 4th floor of Parks Library!


Weird, Wacky, Wonderful: “Adulting” is Hard

I’m back with another interesting thing I found while helping answer reference questions. When doing some research on the houses at Pammel Court, I came across an amusing description of the lack of “adulting” skills of some of the residents:

Page 162 from “The First 100 Years of Residential Housing at Iowa State University 1868-1968” by J.C. Schilletter

The Pammel Court houses were first occupied in 1946, and, as this book was published in 1970, we can assume this story took place in that twenty-five(ish) year span. To my fellow Millenials, here is some ammunition for the next time someone decries our generation; it seems that even the Greatest Generation endured some growing pains when entering adulthood and running their homes. As we see so often in history, it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same.


CyHawk: We are family

Nile Kinnick Sr., University Photos, box 1831

As we all prepare for the big football game this Saturday, I wanted to present a little known fact about Nile Kinnick, the namesake for the University of Iowa football stadium. For good reason, when you think of the name Kinnick, you think of University of Iowa. However, it’s interesting to learn that his father (also named Nile Kinnick) was a player on Iowa State’s Football team in the 19-teens. In case you’re wondering, the Ames team beat the University of Iowa team in Iowa City during Kinnick Sr.’s graduating year.

Bomb 1917, Page 186
Nile Kinnick Senior graduated with a degree in agronomy.
1916 Iowa State College Directory

Despite the fierce rivalry between the two schools, it’s important to remember that historically and today, there is more that unites the schools than divides them. Have fun at the game this weekend and be safe!


Weird, Wacky, Wonderful: Queen Bee

While answering a reference question about a year ago, I stumbled across details on the apiculture program in the class catalog for 1922-1923. Apiculture is the practice of beekeeping.

I’m sure we have all heard the term “queen bee”, but I doubt many of us have thought about the science behind caring for the queen bee of a colony. Luckily, all of your questions about the queen bee could be answered in 414: “Queen Rearing.”


#TBT June Wedding

Bridesmaid, wedding, day and two visiting dresses all with large bustles. (published by Les Modes Parisiennes:Peterson's Magazine 1883)

June is a perennially popular month for weddings, so today we are taking a glance at the wedding attire of days gone by. Today’s Throwback Thursday image is from our fashion plate collection and is from an issue of Peterson’s Magazine in 1883. The two dresses on the far left are a bridesmaid’s dress and a wedding dress. As you can see, the tradition of wearing a white dress must date back from at least the late-19th century. It looks like it was also popular to have the bridesmaids wear a brightly colored dress for the occasion.

If you’re interested in seeing more fashion images, please visit our digital collection. You can also visit the archives to see the originals in the Mary Barton Fashion Illustration Collection.


Weird, Wacky, Wonderful: “Preps” be Warned

I stumbled upon this document when looking at the papers of Frank Paine, an alumnus who graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1909.

RS 11/9/2, Box 1, Folder 1

This document is a “warning” to the “Prep” class (freshman) from the Sophomore class of 1909. I would venture a guess that this was made all in good fun to “rib” the new kids on the block. The text is small and a little difficult to read. Here is a highlight:

“Be it therefore known that we hold these truths self-evident that all “preps” are created brainless, that they are endowed by their creator with certain depraved hallucinations, among which are the following: That their milk brained babble can impress their natural superiors, the sophomores; and that their cheap, long delayed, crack-brained squash tops are a real terror to the world.”

I was struck by the imagery on this poster as I was flipping through the documents. While tensions between classes may be a thing of the past, this poster is a reminder that things were not always so copacetic. For more, see this post about freshman beanies.