Posted by: Rachel | February 2, 2016

Textiles on Tuesday!

Here’s the last coloring page for Tuesday, a reproduction from the Iowa State University Department of Textiles and Clothing History of Costume Collection.

Iowa State University, Department of Textiles and Clothing History of Costume Collection, RS 12/10/5, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

RS 12/10/5, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

Click here to download the page so you can print it out & color away!

Share your work! Tag #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives

Posted by: Rachel | February 2, 2016

Some kitchen coloring

Here is another coloring page from one of our cookbooks:


Click here to download the page.

Browse other cookbooks online here:

Or drop by the reading room and browse some cookbooks in person! We’re open Monday-Friday 10-4!

Share your work! Tag #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives


Posted by: Rachel | February 2, 2016

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:


Map showing infestation of gypsy moth ca. 1891.

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

Posted by: Rachel | February 1, 2016

Join in on the coloring craze!

Here is our first coloring page, a reproduction from the Warren H. Manning Papers!

Line art conception of Andreini's Paradise in the poem L'Adamo [Illustration from the 17th century] from the Warren H. Manning Papers (MS 218).

Line art conception of Andreini’s Paradise in the poem L’Adamo [Illustration from the 17th century] from the Warren H. Manning Papers (MS 218).

Download the coloring page on the link below & color away!


Tag your work #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives

Posted by: Rachel | January 31, 2016


From February 1-5, Iowa State University Special Collections and University Archives is sharing reproductions of images from our collections and inviting followers to share their colored copies.

Title page for the 1895 Bomb, the yearbook for the Iowa State College (University).

Title page for the 1895 Bomb, the yearbook for the Iowa State College (University).

This week-long foray into the coloring craze was initiated by The New York Academy of Medicine Library. Over 50+ other repositories are participating in this week-long special collections coloring fest on social media, using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections. We thought this would be a fun, interactive way to promote our collections and engage followers. So, download and print out our coloring pages, then share and tag your work  #ColorOurCollections #ISU_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.


Posted by: Rachel | January 28, 2016

Coloring craze hits the Archives!

Next week (Feb. 1-5) download our coloring pages and color away! Tag your work with #ColorOurCollections #ISU_Archives



“Conception of Paradise” (218.LS.0939) from the Warren H. Manning Papers.

We’ll have new pages to download from our Blog, Facebook & Twitter pages. Check back next week!

Posted by: Rachel | January 25, 2016

Cypix: Cyclones from a century ago!

I know college football season has come and gone but with Super Bowl 50 coming up in a couple of weeks, thought I would dig up a football picture from our photograph collection.

Football team 1916

Photograph of the Iowa State varsity football team, 1916. Image ID: 24-6-Football team 1916.


You can view football-related photographs on our Flickr site and in the following online exhibits:

You can have football all year long!

The University Archives has several collections related to Iowa State football:

You can view them in person, we’re open Monday-Friday from 10 am – 4 pm!

Posted by: Whitney | January 22, 2016

Notable Women of ISU: Carrie Chapman Catt

This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring notable women of ISU. To kick off this series, I am beginning with an obvious choice – Carrie Chapman Catt. Catt is known for her work in the women’s suffrage movement and is so notable that a campus building was named after her (Catt Hall). [It’s worth noting that in 1998 there was a controversy about the naming of the building, known as the September 29th Movement (collection RS 22/3/3), and a review committee was formed in response (RS 22/1/8).]

Without further adieu, here is the lady of the hour.

Carrie Chapman Catt's graduation photo, 1880.

Carrie Chapman Catt’s graduation photo, 1880. University Photographs, RS 21/7/A.

Carrie Chapman Catt was born January 9, 1859, to Maria Clinton and Lucius Lane in Ripon, Wisconsin. Around 1865, the family moved to Charles City, Iowa. Catt then attended Iowa State College and graduated in 1880 at the top of her class.

During her time in Ames, she established military drills for women, became the first woman student to give an oration before a debating society, earned extra money as assistant to the librarian, and was a member of Pi Beta Phi.

Post-graduation, she became the high school principal in Mason City and then in 1883 the superintendent of Mason City Schools. While there, she met her first husband, Leo Chapman, editor of the Mason City Republican. They married in February 1885. After his death in 1886, she went to California and worked as a newspaper reporter before returning to Iowa to take on women’s suffrage.

Early on in her suffrage work, she ran into a classmate from Ames, George W. Catt. They were married in 1890. He supported his wife’s work both financially and personally until his death in October 1905.

Carrie Chapman Catt served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900-1904 and from 1915 until women’s right to vote was attained (1920). In addition, she formed the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and served as president of that organization for many years. When women won the right to vote, Catt encouraged the formation of the League of Women Voters.

Throughout her life, Catt received a great deal of recognition for her work, including many awards such as the Chi Omega (1941), the Pictorial Review Award (1931), and induction into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. She died at her home in New Rochelle, New York in 1947.

Brochure from a celebration of Catt and the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, 1995. RS 21/7/3, Box 3, Folder 8

Brochure from a celebration of Catt and the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, 1995. RS 21/7/3, Box 3, Folder 8

More information and materials related to Carrie Chapman Catt can be found here in Special Collections and University Archives in the Carrie Chapman Catt Papers. We also have other women’s collections, including the Woman Suffrage Collection. In addition, see this webpage for resources available online. Have a look, and stop by sometime!

Posted by: Rachel | January 19, 2016

Cypix: Wintertime fun

Here is another glass plate negative from the Descartes Pascal Papers demonstrating some wintertime fun.


Boys on horse-drawn sleds in winter. Lee Pascal and Jasper Babcock are on the front sled. Percy Pascal and Jim Townsen are on the rear sled. The horse’s name is Daisy. The photo is taken in front of the corn crib on the Pascal farm. MS 091 Box 9, folder 5.

Descartes Pascal (1870-1937) was a photographer, farmer, and pioneer seed corn breeder.  Pascal was born in De Witt, Clinton County, Iowa, where he raised corn, Shorthorn cattle, and Berkshire hogs. Pascal was also a practicing photographer.

You can find more information on the Descartes Pascal Papers in this finding aid that describes the collection and view more of his collection in our ISU Library Digital Collections, the online exhibit, and on our Flickr site.

You can also view the collection in person! We’re here from 10-4 Monday – Friday.

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