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10 events to make finals week less stressful

The Iowa Memorial Union and UI Libraries will host events during finals week to help students recharge between study sessions and make the final push to winter break.

The Smithsonian Tom Brokaw’s historic cache of papers will be preserved

Tom Brokaw, a noted journalist whose career has spanned over five decades, announced that his personal papers will be preserved at the University of Iowa Libraries. The collection, including Brokaw’s brushes with some of history’s most fascinating and frustrating events, will become available to students and scholars beginning in 2017.

1908 photo of corner of Wabash and Congress in Chicago

Old Gold: What Chicago, UI looked like 108 years ago

Alumni photo collection depicts life when Cubs won 1908 World Series
On Nov. 2, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, ending a 108-year-old championship drought. To give a sense of how long it had been since the “Lovable Losers” won it all, UI Archivist David McCartney shares an alumni photo collection featuring Chicago and the UI campus in 1908.
New Creative Space in UI College of Engineering

Engineering library opens new Creative Space

Users can explore new technology, including virtual reality, 3-D scanning
University of Iowa students have a new resource to explore the latest in virtual reality, 3-D scanning and modeling, and wearable technology.
Early drawing of Herky

Old Gold: Wishing Herky a happy birthday

UI archivist details recent acquisitions that celebrate 68-year-old mascot
In 1948, the business manager for the UI athletics department held a pair of contests: one to create a university mascot and another to name it. And, thus, Herky the Hawk was born. UI Archivist David McCartney details two recent acquisitions that help celebrate Herky's 68th birthday.
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The book brigade of 2008

Nancy Kraft organized a human chain of volunteers that moved books one at a time out of the flood-threatened Main Library basement
Nancy Kraft watched the rain fall in May 2008 and felt a sense of foreboding. In the end, she and a chain of volunteers had to move books from the UI Main Library's basement to avoid the rising waters of the flooding Iowa River.
First Folio

UI Libraries hosts Shakespeare's First Folio

The University of Iowa Libraries has launched Shakespeare at Iowa, a special exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio and a statewide celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.