Special Collections


  • Top 10 Things Found from Student Shelver

    I was hired at Special Collections to shelve things. Books, boxes and everything in-between. As time went on, I began putting away newly acquired books as well as gathering the material for classroom use. There are so many books and […]

  • A Special Goodbye from Hannah Hacker

    My Favorite Things (a la Special Collections) by Hannah Hacker For the past two and a half years, I have had the honor to work as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa Special Collections. I am thrilled about graduating from my […]

  • Creating First-hand Experiences with Manuscript Open Houses

    Below is a reflection from Micaela Terronez, Olson Graduate Assistant, on the “Manuscripts at Special Collections” open houses. Can I really touch it? One curious visitor asked this question in amazement as they gazed at one of […]

  • A look at Mary Shelley the Film

    This Halloween season, Frankenstein is everywhere. And no wonder, for the book turned 200 this year and is overdue for a party. While the monster is everywhere, what about the woman who created the famous story? We’ve asked our own […]

  • Hand Papermaking is on exhibit in the Reading Room

    This week we said goodbye to our Herky exhibit and said hello to the beauty of papermaking. Giselle Simón, Head Conservator at University of Iowa, was invited to curate an exhibit called Hand Papermaking Portfolios: Selections […]

  • From University Archivist David McCartney: Top 10 historical things at the UI

    In honor of Homecoming week here at the University of Iowa, we asked our University Archivist David McCartney to pick the top ten favorite historical things here at the University. The items are in no particular order.    10. The […]