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University Archives

This guide is an introduction to University Archives at Iowa State University.

University Archives

University Archives includes Iowa State University administrative records, faculty papers, and alumni collections. University Archives are records created by the university -- including colleges, departments, units, centers, institutes, programs -- and those by faculty, staff, and students.

University Archives vs. Manuscript Collections

Both Manuscript Collections and University Archives contain the same types of materials, such as papers photographs, film, audiovisual, artifacts, etc. Their primary difference relates to where the records originate. 

 

Manuscript Collections (the Special Collections part of our department) include personal papers and organizational records that have a strong emphasis on the major research areas of Iowa State University, but are not directly affiliated with the university.

 

University Archives includes Iowa State University administrative records, faculty papers, and alumni collections. University Archives are records created by the university -- by faculty, staff, students, colleges, departments, units, centers, institutes, programs, etc.