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Celebrating Congressman Neal Smith’s 100th Birthday!

Congressman Neal Smith Congressman Neal Smith is celebrating his 100th Birthday on March 23! Earlier this month, University & Political Papers Archivist Hope Bibens spoke at the Des Moines Rotary Club about the congressman in celebration of his birthday. A portion of her remarks are published here: I came to Drake and Des Moines in [...] Read More...

Call for Volunteers: Archive Your Story

We are currently living through a historic moment. Historians of the future will want to know what our experiences were like. In the spirit of documenting this time, Drake University Archives & Special Collections is asking you to keep a journal of your experience during the COVID-19 epidemic. Feel free to type, write by hand, [...] Read More...

The University Archives celebrates with new displays!

A case just outside the Archives is now displaying bills and awards from Congressman Neal Smith’s collection, in celebration of his 100th birthday this month. The exhibit was curated by Archives Assistant, Ashley Wildman. And just outside the library’s after-hours area, the round tower case is honoring one of Drake’s most notable women – Mary [...] Read More...

Drake Librarian Selected as SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow

Drake Librarian Selected as SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow Teri Koch, Collection Development Coordinator & Professor of Librarianship at Cowles Library, has been selected as a fellow in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program , a two-semester intensive professional development program to build a comprehensive understanding of the open education space coupled with practical know-how to lead successful open education [...] Read More...

Alexander Downing materials

An exciting collection of documents has been uncovered belonging to Alexander G. Downing (1854-1932), pioneer Iowan and life member of the Drake University Board of Trustees.   Our Special Collections’ copy of “Downing’s Civil War Diary” (c1916, edited by Drake History Professor, Olynthus B. Clark) reveals that on June 24, 1865, Downing took leave to Louisville, [...] Read More...

The University Archives hours

This week, The Drake University Archives facility will close on Thursday (October 13) at 1:45 pm, and be closed all day Friday (October 14).

Grebner presents on Congressional Archives

On March 5, Assistant Professor Hope Grebner presented on a panel at the Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA) 2016 Conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.  The presentation was entitled, “Windows/Mirrors, Yesterday/Today:  Why You Should Visit Your Local Congressional Archive,” and focused on how modern congressional collections are a mirror into which we [...] Read More...
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