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A Pictorial History: The Emerging University Library – 1855-1951

Hall of Natural Science (Macbride Hall) 1908 – 1951

During these 43 years, the Libraries’ collections grew from 64,286 volumes to over 600,000.

Interior walls were replaced with columns while Macbride Hall was under construction so the library could be “temporarily housed therein.”  In 1937 the basement floor in the building was lowered and divided into two separate floors to increase shelf space.

Librarians:
Grace Wormer
Milton Lord
John B. Kaiser
Jane E. Roberts
Malcolm Wyer

A floor plan, date unknown.

Additional Macbride Hall images are available in the Iowa Digital LibraryIowa City Town and Campus Scenes collection.

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Students in the study area, circa 1910…

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…and in January 1926.