Resources by Subject

Historical Collections

Includes descriptions of the French Revolution Collection, Bollinger Lincoln Collection, Ingham Western Americana Collection, Iowa Politics, Western Americana, Voyages and Travels, Railroad History, History of Hydraulics, Culinary Arts, Social Documents Collection, the Early Iowa Imprints Collection, and Chautauqua.

English & American Literature

Includes descriptions of the Brewer-Leigh Hunt Collection, the Edmund Blunden Collection, the Thomas Ollive Mabbot-Poe Collection, the Iowa Authors Collection, the Julie Englander Collection of Contemporary Literature, the M. Horvat Science Fiction Fanzine Collection, and Writers’ Archives.

Giants of 20th Century English Literature: Iris Murdoch and Angus Wilson

Includes descriptions of the papers for these two significant literary figures.

Map Collection

The Map Collection contains more than 250,000 sheet maps, including maps issued by city, county, state and national governments, international organizations, and a variety of commercial publishers. The collection is international in scope and covers a roughly 800 year period of publishing history. Rare maps include pre-1900 maps of Iowa, fire insurance maps for more than 1,000 Iowa cities from the 1870s through the 1930s, captured Japanese and German maps from World War II, and a growing collection of pre-1900 world and celestial maps and atlases. The Map Collection also contains over 150,000 aerial photographs of Iowa and over 5,000 gazetteers, atlases, and reference sources concerning maps and cartography.

History of Books & Bookmaking

Includes descriptions of the John Springer Collection on Typography, the Typographic Laboratory Collection, Private Press holdings, the Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books, the Guild of Bookworkers Library, The William Anthony Memorial Collection of Bookbindings, University of Iowa Bookbinding Models, Medieval Manuscripts, Incunabula, Emblem Books, the Mark Ranney Memorial Collection, and Uncataloged Broadsides.

Zines and the Amateur Press

Includes descriptions of the various collections devoted to zines and/or amateur journalism, including the Horvat Science Fiction Fanzine and Genre Apazine Collections, the Ruben Amateur Press Association Collection, the Sarah and Jen Wolfe Collection of Riot Grrrl and Underground Music Zines, the Bergus Zine Collection, and the various collections of genre fanzines acquired through the cooperation of the Organization for Transformative Works.

Fandom-Related Collections

Includes descriptions of available collections containing fanzines and other artifacts of science fiction and other related genre fandoms. Collections include the Horvat Genre Apazine, Science Fiction Convention Materials, and Science Fiction Fanzine Collections, the Norman Felton Papers, and the various collections of genre fanzines acquired through the cooperation of the Organization for Transformative Works.

Children’s Books

Includes descriptions of the Bernice E. Leary Children’s Books, James M. and Christine Wallace Children’s Books, G. Robert Carlsen Adolescent Literature Collection.

Twentieth Century Avant-Garde Art

Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts (ATCA) and the International Dada Archive.

The University of Iowa and its history.

Businessmen and Businesses.

Links to manuscript collections in this subject area

The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln.

Links to book and manuscript collections in this subject area.

The Clergy and the Church.

Links to manuscript collections in this subject area.

Comic Books.

Links to manuscript collections in this subject area.

Film & Television Writing and Directing .

Brief descriptions of archival collections that exceed a thousand linear feet and continue to grow; with links to collection finding aids.

The Study of Theatre Arts and Popular Culture.

Links to periodicals and manuscript collections in this subject area.

An Introductory Resource Page for Researching Primary Historical Materials.