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The University Archives celebrates with new displays!

March 2, 2020

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 Carpenter – in celebration of Women’s History month.

First Christian Church Donates to the Drake University Archives

January 27, 2020

The First Christian Church at 25th and University Avenue was founded in 1888, under the name University Place Church of Christ, and historically had numerous ties with Drake. As the church closes in 2020, the University Archives has accepted documents, correspondence, photographs, and artifacts for preservation. Some of Drake’s Founding Fathers, as well as faculty were preachers and held various notable capacities in the church. Drake’s first campus building, the Student’s Home, hosted early Sunday School sessions, and Sunday evening religious services were held in Old Main’s chapel. Over the years, the First Christian Church shared its sanctuary spaces with Drake for lectures, musical performances, commencements and convocations. Drake Bible College Professor, Charles Medbury preached there for 28 years, and at the peak of his ministry, collapsed and died at the conclusion of Sunday services on April 24, 1932. It remains one of the church’s most dramatic, historical events.

Drake’s Presidents’ Papers collection is now open

January 16, 2020

The President of a University is the chief executive officer, responsible for being the educational and administrative head of the University. Many different kinds of papers, documents, photos, and people pass through the office of the University President.   Now, for the first time, public researchers, Drake faculty, students, alumni, and staff, can explore the history of Drake University in an exclusive way through its’ Presidents’ Papers.

Over 3000 folders of newly arranged and preserved documents offer a unique understanding of events, as well as reflect how the University was shaped by its top leaders through times of growing pains and prosperity. The Presidents’ Papers are closed for 30 years from the last inclusive date of each term, so those through Wilbur Miller (1985) are now open.  For more information, please visit the Collection’s online Finding Aid, or visit the University Archives, inside Cowles Library.

Drake’s School of Journalism celebrates 100!

April 25, 2019

From now until the end of summer, the James M. Collier Room will exhibit historical photographs, awards, and other artifacts celebrating the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s centennial. Themes include “Our People,” “Places and Spaces,” “Technology,” and “Student Organizations.”

The Exhibit is free and open to the public, and can be viewed during regular library hours. The Collier Room is located on Cowles’ second floor.

Tinker v. Des Moines celebrates 50!

February 22, 2019

The University Archives celebrates the 50th anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines with a display about student free speech and the Tinkers, just outside the library’s 2nd floor Reading Room.  The display is free & open to the public now until March 8th.

Mayan Pottery Display

January 17, 2019

There are now some pieces of Mayan Pottery on display right outside the University Archives.  The collection was gifted by Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Marks of New York City to the Drake Art Department.   Dates are unknown, as well as any further information about the donors.   The pieces have not been authenticated.   Also on the Library’s second floor, located in the atrium case outside the Reading Room, are some very interesting Ding Darling artifacts!

Archives celebrates Veteran’s Day

November 1, 2018

The Drake University Archives pays tribute to it’s many soldiers who have served our country in a new Veteran’s Day exhibit.   The display, located in the small glass case just outside the Archives, was curated by Drake senior and Archives Assistant, Alexis Cruz.   With 2018 being the 100th anniversary of WWI, Alexis gave special attention to that era – highlighting Charles Preston Howard (later a Drake Law graduate) who flew over France in 1918.   The exhibit is free and open to the public, during regular Library hours, from now through the end of the semester.

Morehouse Comet and more!

September 6, 2018

In the smaller display case, right outside the Archives, is an exhibit celebrating the 110th anniversary of the discovery of the Morehouse Comet.   Alumnus, astronomy professor, and Drake President (1922-1941) Daniel Walter Morehouse, discovered the comet that bears his name, in 1908 at Yerkes Observatory.   He was awarded the Donahue Comet Medal for his discovery.

And during September, a book display by Professor Eduardo Garcia Villada will spotlight Hispanic Heritage Month.   This display is in the Library’s Reading Room atrium.

The public is welcome to view both exhibits during regular Cowles Library hours.

We Knew Him When: an Exhibit of Jay N. “Ding” Darling

March 27, 2018

Curator and nationally recognized Darling expert, Sam Koltinsky is sharing some of his most treasured Darling Exhibit items ranging from personal artifacts to the artwork that the world seldom knows from March 26 to August 31, 2018 in the Cowles Library Collier Room and atrium. Darling’s legacy of leadership includes a strong link to Drake University by granting him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on June 2, 1926. The Drake-Darling connection being researched in the rich archives housed in Cowles is certain to provide new insight and surprises for the exhibit whose outreach will be local, regional and national. Darling Exhibit and Events

Women’s History Month display

March 19, 2018

“Women at Drake: A Bulldog Legacy” – The University Archives celebrates Women’s History Month.  Archives Assistant, junior, Riley Terzopoulos spotlights notable Drake women and others through a variety of photos, articles, and memorabilia.  The display is located on Cowles Library’s second floor, just outside the Reading Room, and is open to the public anytime the library is open


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