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Iowa Connections at Iowa State University represents an array of collections and individuals that give a glimpse into daily life and achievements, and document the history, culture and people of the state of Iowa. The Iowa State University Library and Special Collections Department house a variety of manuscripts and archives. For more manuscripts and archives, search the library catalog or Special Collections, also refer to finding aids for complete lists of individual collections.


Adams Family Papers
Adams Family PapersThese papers contain letters and journals written by Mary Newbury Adams (1837-1901), who was an instrumental early supporter of the suffrage movement. Mary Adams blog post.
Adams Family Papers finding aid.
Carrie Chapman Catt
Carrie Chapman Catt Digital CollectionA suffragist, feminist, political activist, and Iowa State alumna who was president of the American Womans Suffrage Association.
Carrie Chapman Catt finding aid.


Civil War
Aurora (early campus newspaper) Digital CollectionWritten accounts including diaries and letters from soldiers in the Civil War document life in camp, thoughts on the war, campaigns, and exploits; including an account of a prison escape.
CYbrary: ISU Digital Archives
CYbrary: ISU Digital Archives Digital CollectionThe history of the University is represented through historic photographs, student writings, and University publications.


Descartes Pascal
Descartes PascalDescartes Pascal digital collection contains glass plate negatives depicting life at the turn of the twentieth century in Iowa. Decartes Pascal finding aid.
Iowa County Histories
Iowa County Histories Digital CollectionPhotos, publications, course materials, and ephemera documenting the Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes at ISU during World War II. Finding aid.


Iowa History
Iowa HistoryPublications documenting various historical aspects of Iowa including local histories, fauna, flora, and geology of Iowa. For ISU history see CYbrary.
Kitchen-Klatter Digital CollectionBegan as a talk show in 1924; the magazine was started in 1940 covering home stories, recipes, household tips, child-rearing advice and comments on current events.


Michael P. Harker
Michael P. HarkerHarker's images of historic barns document the architecture of the iconic buildings as they began disappearing from the Iowa countryside.
Michael P. Harker finding aid.
Richard A. Tewkesbury
Richard A. Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury's expeditions through the Darien Jungle of Panama in 1939 and 1940 were taken to prove that the jungle and its inhabitants were not barriers to a Pan American Highway. Richard A. Tewkesbury finding aid.