Special Collections & University Archives, ISU Library


701 Morrill Road
403 Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-5311
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Phone: 515-294-6672

Special Collections and University Archives is home to Iowa State University Library’s rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records, and other historical documents. Our collection covers a large range of areas, including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, engineering, technology, and Iowa State University history.

We collect and preserve these materials to enhance scholarship and to help researchers understand the past and its relationship to the present.

We welcome and are open to all who want to see and research these rare and unique materials.


Mon-Fri 9-5. Check website for holidays and other schedule changes.


Free admission. Please call ahead if there is a specific collection or item you are interested in.
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