Collections in the CYbrary document various aspects of the University over the years. The history of the University, student life and activities, evolution of the campus, and major events are represented through historic photographs, student writings, and past University publications. The Iowa State University Library and Special Collections Department house a variety of ISU archives. For more archive collections, search the library catalog or Special Collections, also refer to finding aids for complete lists of individual collections.
Ada Hayden was the first woman to earn a Doctor of Philosophy at Iowa State; she also became curator of the Herbarium, and added over 40,000 specimens to the collection.
Ada Hayden finding aid.
The Iowa Agriculture College newspaper, "The Aurora" was published monthly by the students for the four literary societies on campus. It contains thoughts on culture, reading, and science, as well as notes on alumni, the campus, and student life.
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. The digital collection includes the entire run of yearbooks, along with the Centennial Album. Bomb finding aid.
ISU Commencement Programs from 1871-1907, include the program plus the list of commencement week activities. Some include an invitation and names of expected graduates.
An album of Iowa State memories published by the Iowa State University Alumni Association in 1975 to recognize the nation's Bicentennial.
Historical publications documenting the development and planning of the ISU campus and its buildings.
Reflections on ISU Extension documents early development of the Extension Service from 1900-1924. Topics include educational trains, short courses, farmers' institutes, county agents, and the involvement of the Extension in World War I.
Iowa State University Facilities Planning and Management is responsible for the maintenance of the campus grounds and buildings, the campus utilities system, and campus planning.
This collection has moved to the Digital Repository.
For a list of all issues in the Digital Repository, click here.
Mary B. Welch developed and implemented the Department of Domestic Economy at Iowa State in 1875. The course combined elements of chemistry, botany, physiology, geology, and physics that applied to domestic economy.
Mary B. Welch finding aid.
University photographs collection is a sampling of historical photographs documenting the various events, buildings, and people of the University, chosen from the Special Collections Department. University Photographs finding aid.