Prairie Sky Mural


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.
Civil War
Civil War DiariesWritten 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 CollectionA collection of histories of various Iowa counties, which include biographical accounts, place names and city histories.
Iowa Farmstead Lithographs
Iowa Farmstead LithographsCollection ranges from 1871-1904 and contains images of farm buildings, historical atlases, and township maps.


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 Barns
Michael P. Harker BarnsHarker'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.
Sarah Underwood
Sarah UnderwoodSarah Underwood’s letters vividly describe her experiences and observations when the family farmed in eastern Iowa during the 1850s & 1860s. Included are letters before their move to Iowa and after their return to Rhode Island. Sarah Underwood papers finding aid.