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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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!

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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Don’t forget to share your work! Tag #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives


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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Share your colored page! Tag #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives

Coffee & color!

Color this page while you have your morning cup of coffee! What better way to start your day in a nice relaxing way!

This is another image reproduced from the Warren H. Manning Papers. You can browse other digitized images from that collection here: http://cdm16001.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p15031coll16


Map showing infestation of gypsy moth ca. 1891.

Click here to download the page. Don’t forget to tag your work! #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives

New faces in Special Collections and University Archives!

A few weeks ago, Chris, Descriptive Records Project Archivist, introduced himself to our readers. Here are a few more new faces (as well as some old faces in new positions) at Iowa State University’s Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).

Rachel, Outreach Archivist.

Rachel, Outreach Archivist.

Rachel is the new Outreach Archivist and has spent the last six years working in the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APR) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She spent two years working primarily in reference and processing collections, then moved on to catalog manuscripts and rare maps, work with donors and appraise potential donations, and organize presentations and exhibits that highlighted the collections and services of APR. Rachel received her MSLIS with an Archives concentration from Simmons College in January 2006 and spent her first two years out of school working as a reference librarian at a public library in Westminster, MA. Rachel’s superpower is she talks at the speed of light!

Amy, Rare Books and Manuscripts Archivist.

Amy, Rare Books and Manuscripts Archivist.

Amy is the new Rare Books and Manuscripts Archivist. She started in this new position on October 19, but she’s already been at SCUA for a little over two years as a Project Archivist. You may have already read some of her blog posts, highlighting collections she has processed, or just those she thinks are cool. She came to ISU from the University of Illinois, where she received her MSLIS in 2013 and spent two years working as a Graduate Assistant at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Outside of work, Amy likes to dance. She has done ballet, jazz, clogging, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and most recently Scottish country dance.

Brad, University Archivist.

Brad, University Archivist.

Brad was named the University Archivist this past November. His new job didn’t take him too far from his old one as he has been a staff member of SCUA at Iowa State for over twelve years. During this time he was in a supporting role working mostly with University records and the film and media collections. Now as University Archivist, he is responsible for documenting the history of the University–an impossible task if not for the amazing work that the rest of the staff in the department does. Brad has lived in Iowa his entire life, growing up outside of Maynard in northeast Iowa. He is a graduate of Iowa State University (BFA 2000) and recently received his MLIS from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.


#ERecsDay 2015

Electronic Records Day logo

October 10th is Electronic Records Day – time to take stock of what we are doing to handle our digital records and time to figure out what help we need to do so.

Electronic records can become unreadable very quickly. While records on paper have been read after thousands of years, digital files can be virtually inaccessible after just a few. – Council of State Archivists, “10 Reasons for E-Records” (2015).

This #ERecsDay you can take a step towards helping your own digital photographs survive into the future – make sure you describe them. Adding tags or other description is a simple step that will help people in the future identify what’s in each file.

For more on personal digital archiving, check out last year’s post on Electronic Records Day 2014.