Military portrait of Eric Morton

Old Gold: Civil rights activist donates rare material to UI

UI archivist cultivates friendship with key player in 1964 voter registration effort
Though Eric Morton had never been to Iowa, his friendship with University of Iowa student Steve Smith during a 1964 voter registration effort was so strong that he decided to leave his civil rights–related papers to the Department of Special Collections at UI Libraries. There they are housed alongside Smith’s.

New UI Libraries unit opens access to digital scholarship

The UI Libraries’ Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio offers a collaborative work environment that serves faculty and students whose research and creative work benefit from concentrated efforts in digital knowledge creation, curricular innovation, idea dissemination, and project archiving.
Eggs and nest from the UI Museum of Natural History

Libraries' DIY crowdsourcing brings museum collection to life

The UI Museum of Natural History and the UI Libraries' DIY History collaborate to enlist public assistance in transcribing century-old, handwritten cards that describe birds’ eggs in the museum’s collections. Such digitization projects have the potential to spark research discoveries and raise public awareness about what museums and libraries offer.
Bruce Harreld, Terry Branstad and Hayden Fry before going on stage at FryFest

Whirlwind weekend for next president

Bruce Harreld made the rounds after being named the University of Iowa's 21st president, experiencing full-on Hawkeye spirit at FRYFest, touring spaces dedicated to academic innovation, and meeting faculty, staff, alumni, and friends before a rousing victory at Kinnick Stadium.
Harreld visits Learning Commons

Hub for innovation

Learning Commons tour focuses on what's now and what's next
Incoming President Bruce Harreld made the Main Library Learning Commons one of his first campus stops, getting an up close look at how the UI is changing teaching, research, and the academic experience.

Old Gold: Iowa alumna key in Chicago’s African-American literary movement

UI archivist notes centennial of poet Margaret Walker’s birth
Margaret Walker’s poetry collection "For My People" received top honors in the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 1942. UI archivist David McCartney says the work is as timely now as it was then.
Black and white photo of old building on campus

Old Gold: 'Mystery' of Fine Arts Building solved

Readers help UI archivist identify long-gone Iowa Avenue building
When University of Iowa archivist David McCartney asked readers for help in identifying a long-gone building on Iowa Avenue, they responded.
Black and white photo of old building on campus

Old Gold: Solving Fine Arts Building history mystery

Archivist seeks clues on long-gone Iowa Avenue building
The University of Iowa archivist is turning to readers for their thoughts, ideas, and even speculation about a nagging mystery: a long-gone building that once occupied a prominent place in downtown Iowa City, not far from the Old Capitol.
prairie photograph

Considering imaginative power of the prairie

UI faculty, staff among presenters at humanities festival in Des Moines
The Iowa Humanities Festival considers the imaginative power of the prairie as presenters from colleges, universities, and cultural institutions across Iowa highlight the humanities in the Midwest.