See this post for more information about ISU and pollinators, and remember to “bee” friendly to bees!
Meet Jalap, a Percheron stallion who was purchased for Iowa State College in 1915. Jalap was nationally successful in livestock shows. According to the Iowa State College Alumnus in 1930, just one year before his death at the age of 21, he was “given the rating of the second best living Percheron sire.” He was once described as “the proudest horse in horsedom” in The Iowa Agriculturalist (1927, Vol. 27, No. 10).
It was hotly debated whether Jalap was the horse in the picture Dignity and Impertinence; but most evidence leans toward that being a different draft horse.
To learn more about Jalap, including an “interview” with the famous horse, request RS 9/11/1 box 1 at the Special Collections and University Archives.
Today’s TBT photo was taken in 1926 as part of the coursework for the Department of Textiles and Clothing (now part of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management). Two students are in cabinets, modeling design work. In between them are three dolls, also wearing student designs. As you can see, they are wearing designs that greatly predate 1926, so perhaps the students were tasked with designing historical costumes. To learn more, check out our history of costume collection or our files from the Department of Textiles and Clothing (12/10).
This is the second in a series of posts about the history of the library at Iowa State.
When we left off in 1914, the library was in Beardshear Hall, and the collection was bursting at the seams. As early as 1911, money was allocated by the legislature to build a library building. However, the process was slow-going, especially when it was discovered that in order to build a building of adequate size, much more funding would be needed.
Finally in 1923, construction on the new library building was started, and the first cornerstone was laid on October 11. Construction was complete in 1925, though not all books were moved until early 1926. One of the major benefits of the new library was that the materials were consolidated into one space instead of being spread out between Central (Beardshear), Agriculture Hall, Chemistry Building, Engineering Hall, and the Veterinary Building.
The building had space to store 200,000 books. At the time of opening, the library had “about 160,000 carefully selected volumes” (Catalogue, 1927-1928).
The library hours during regular sessions were:
Monday-Friday 7:50 am-6pm and 7-9:30pm
Saturday: 7:50am-2 and 1-6pm
Sunday: 2-5pm (no procrastinating until Sunday night!)
In 1925/6, the library offered 4 courses; classes in library usage specifically for agriculture, home economics, and industrial science students, and a course in bibliographic research. A 5th course in library methods had been added by the next year. The dean of the library was Charles Harvey Brown. Brown served as dean of the library from 1922-1946. In 1927, the library had 10 staff members and 12 assistants listed in the catalogue (compared to today’s 143 staff between librarians, support staff, and students).
The Alumnus had a rather interesting take on the new library building in their November 1924 issue:
“Officials say that the library will be ready for occupancy some time in January. Some time early in the year, six libraries will be consolidated into one, and the amorous youth will no longer wend his away to Central, but to the new white structure beyond it, there to seek out his fair bibliophile and divert her affections to something more substantial than books.” (RS 4/8/4, box 12)
Sounds like the library staff had their hands full!
From 1925 to the present the library has been in the same location but has grown. Join us for the next installments to see how the library has expanded in the last (nearly) century!
‘Tis the season for planting corn in Iowa! Today’s TBT image is of an Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station worker preparing to plant a field with corn. The Experiment Station has been a part of Iowa State since 1888 and provides research to help Iowans, though much of the research has global applications.
Earth Day is coming this Saturday, and we are celebrating with some pictures from the Department of Forestry camp records. Forestry is currently part of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, but was part of the Department of Horticulture and Forestry at the time the photos were taken.
Pictures from the Forestry department are a perfect fit for Earth Day. According to the Iowa State University Forestry website, “The forestry curriculum offers courses dealing with the management of forest ecosystems for multiple benefits including biodiversity, recreation, water, wilderness, wildlife, and wood and fiber. Conservation and preservation of natural resources are emphasized.”
To learn more about forestry camp, please visit this blog post. Enjoy these photos from over 100 years ago, and have a Happy Earth Day!
Today’s TBT photo was taken in front of the Vet Med clinic in 1963. As you can see, a camel is being led to the building, perhaps for treatment or an examination. That is quite the departure from the cats and dogs you usually expect to see at the vet’s office!
To learn more about veterinary medicine at Iowa State University, please see our finding aid or stop by the reading room, open 9-5, Monday-Friday.
To celebrate Spring Break, I present the most fashion-forward swimwear of 1917. 100 years ago, this is what the young ladies of Iowa State may have worn on their beach vacations. Of course, spring break as we know it now did not exist in 1917, though there was a 3 day Easter vacation. This picture is a magazine cover found in the collection of covers and fashion prints collected by Mary Barton. You can browse the digitized images of fashion plates from this collection.
I know everyone will be clamoring to get their hands on this swimsuit! Have fun and be safe as you finish up Spring Break!
This is a first in a series of posts about the history of the library at Iowa State.
To kick off this series of posts about the history of the library at Iowa State, we’re going to take a look way back to nearly the founding of Iowa State University. Starting in 1868, the library was housed in Old Main. As Old Main held the entire college, it had a lot of functions including classrooms, museums, a chapel, dining halls, and housing for both faculty and students (to learn more about Old Main, visit our online exhibit). In 1880, the library had 6,000 volumes and was open from 2 pm to 9 pm. The library was run by students in the earliest days until 1876 when some professors were tasked with the double duty of scholarship and running the library. “From this time  the position was added to that of women teachers in mathematics, modern language, or elocution” (pg 80, The History of Iowa State College by Earle Dudley Ross).
In 1891, the library was moved to Morrill Hall, which was designed to house the library and a museum. It was in that same year that library instruction at ISU began. Freshmen took a 1 credit course during the second term titled “Library Work.” In 1893, the library had 10,200 volumes and was open from 8-9:30, closing over the noon and dinner hours.
Morrill Hall was the home of the library for just 23 years, and in 1914, the library was moved to Beardshear Hall, which was deemed to be more fireproof than Morrill. The library quickly outgrew all of the buildings it occupied, so plans were laid for the library to have a permanent home of its own that could hold all of the volumes in one place.
In the next post (coming in May), we’ll look at the beginning of the library in its current location (though much smaller than the library of today!)
There are many places in the archives to learn about the history of the library and other buildings on campus. A good place to start is the online exhibit From Prairie Sod to Campus Cornerstones: Building Our Campus History or the reference books found in the reading room. You can also check out some quick facts from the library’s website. To dive a little deeper, look through our finding aids and records in RS 4/8/4.
Did you know that March is both Women’s History Month and National Nutrition Month? It seems only appropriate that this week’s #TBT photo is from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Human Nutrition. A woman is pictured with a table full of jars and test tubes, looking through a microscope. The photo was taken in 1928.
To learn more about the Impact of Women Nutritionists, please visit our online exhibit or stop by the Special Collections and University Archives reading room between 9 and 5, Monday-Friday.