UI external research funding sees uptick despite challenges

Fiscal year 2017 saw an estimated 1 percent increase in both total external funding and funding that supports research and scholarship at the University of Iowa.
Marion meteorite

Old Gold: SUI began with a bang

Upcoming solar eclipse prompts UI archivist to revisit story of 1847 meteorite crash landing
Just hours after the first General Assembly of the State of Iowa voted to establish the State University of Iowa in February 1847, a meteorite crashed to the ground in rural Linn County. UI archivist David McCartney shares the story.
wiping a dirty picture frame clean

Documentary about century-old films archived at UI Libraries to be screened in DC

A documentary about a collection of 100-year-old films preserved with the help of the University of Iowa will have its world premiere at the American Film Institute’s prestigious AFI DOCS film festival in Washington, D.C., in June. The films, literally saved from the trash heap, are archived in Special Collections.
May pole dance, 1915 or 1916

Old Gold: Spring Frolic redux

UI archivist reviews resurrected campus tradition
Begun in 1909 and petering out around 1929, Frolic Day, featuring a tug-of-war, sack races, and other field-day-style games, was a way for UI students to blow off steam around final exams. The Campus Activities Board recently brought the event back to campus. UI archivist David McCartney investigates.

The Des Moines Register Tom Brokaw’s ‘stuff’ in Iowa is a window into his life

Kyle Munson takes a look at the collection of papers and personal artifacts recently donated to UI Libraries by UI alumnus and legendary newsman Tom Brokaw.

The Brokaw Collection represents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his decades-long career as a respected NBC journalist, including everything from leather-bound calendars to homemade valentines.

UI Libraries announces May 12 deadline for requesting books from Main Library storage

Beginning this summer, University of Iowa Libraries will be moving 425,000 volumes from the Main Library’s basement storage to the new off-site Libraries Annex. Place an InfoHawk+ delivery request by May 12 for any storage collection material that you will need between May 2017 and May 2018.

Old Gold: 1962 campus concert featured both Al Jarreau and Simon Estes

UI archivist recalls early performance by acclaimed singers
Many people know that Al Jarreau and Simon Estes are alumni of the University of Iowa, but can you imagine the two luminaries being on the same concert bill? UI archivist David McCartney looks back at the evening they performed on campus.