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Instruction Services

This guide describes instruction services offered by SCUA.


This guide is for instructors who want their students to learn how to do research and interpret and evaluate primary sources at Iowa State University Library Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA).

We do ask for three weeks advance notice for class visits. 

Our Mission

Special Collections and University Archives is home to Iowa State University Library's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records, and other historical documents. Our collection covers a large range of areas, including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, engineering, technology, and Iowa State University history.

We collect and preserve these materials to enhance scholarship and to help researchers & understand the past and its relationship to the present.

We welcome and are open to all who want to see and research these rare and unique materials.

Instruction Request Form

Your Archivists

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Special Collections & University Archives
403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University Library
Ames, IA 50011
515 294-6672