ISU Theatre celebrates 100 years

The following post was written by former student employee Samantha Koontz before she finished up her work with us at the end of last semester. This post accompanies the exhibit she created. Stop by Special Collections to view the exhibit! In 1914 Fredrica Shattuck, head of Public Speaking at Iowa State, founded the Iowa State … Read More


CyPix: Bring Back Bruce Jenner

It’s April 1, so you may think this is a prank, but nope: the famous (notorious?)  Kardashian stepdad appeared in the VEISHEA parade in 1977.  


CyPix: Spring at ISU

It’s official – spring is here! The weather may not be cooperating, but the season has to win out eventually, right? In the meantime, enjoy this photo taken during Iowa State’s favorite spring tradition – VEISHEA. Here, the swans are taking advantage of an ice-free Lake LaVerne. Two of these swans are (presumably) the original … Read More


CyPix: Spring Fashions

March is here, and so are spring clothing lines! As Apparel, Merchandising, and Design majors get ready for The Fashion Show next month, let’s take a look at an earlier ISU fashion moment. Here are three students in a 1940s Textiles and Clothing classroom working on a dress design. Two students drape and cut fabric … Read More


Skating on Lake LaVerne

The days are getting colder, and if you have walked past Lake LaVerne lately, you may have noticed ice beginning to form on it. Here is an early picture of ISU students playing a game of hockey on Lake LaVerne: The creation of Lake LaVerne was funded by LaVerne Noyes, an 1872 graduate of ISU … Read More


Celebrating Aviation History Month: Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes

November has been branded Aviation History Month, and here in the Department of Special Collections, we have a number of items showcasing the crossroads of Iowa State University and aviation history. These dapper gentlemen are participating in the Model Airplane contest portion of 1948’s VEISHEA, for example. Let’s not leave out the female contributions to … Read More





For American Archives Month: An Online Tour of Special Collections!

October is American Archives Month, which is an opportunity for archives to raise awareness about archives, showcase their holdings, and, basically, let people know what we as archivists do.  We give tours of our department throughout the year to classes and other groups, in part because our collections, unlike those of most libraries, are stored … Read More