Special Collections & University Archives, ISU Library


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

The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and shares documentation of the experiences, achievements, and memories of people and organizations reflecting the university’s major research areas, with a special commitment to documenting the history of the university. Supporting the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology and human creativity to work, we strive to enrich learning and encourage investigation by a diverse community of users.

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.


Regular hours: Mon-Thur 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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