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Special Collections and Rare Books

This guide is an introduction to Special Collections at Iowa State University.

Special Collections

The Special Collections department at Iowa State University was established in 1969. It is now called the Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA). Special Collections within the department name refers to our manuscript collections and rare books.

What's the difference between Manuscript Collections & University Archives?

Both Manuscript Collections and University Archives contain the same types of materials, such as papersphotographs, 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.


Rare Books and Manuscripts Archivist

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