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

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

“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


Black History Month display

During the month of February, a display on the Library’s second floor (just outside the Reading Room) will tell the rich history of “Black Student Organizations at Drake University.”   Curated by Archives Assistant, senior, Kori Ponder, the exhibit shares her research about student groups, publications, and the Black Cultural Center.  Photograph reproductions are included, like that of Drake’s first African-American student, Simon Scott (class of 1887).

New Acquisitions & Discoveries!

Come and peruse The University Archives’ newest display.   On exhibit, just outside the Archives, are some of our latest donations and unique materials we’ve recently uncovered!   The display is free & open to the public whenever the Library is open, now through spring semester.

Veterans Exhibit

Veteran's Day ExhibitThe Drake University Archives honors veterans in a special display of photographs, memorabilia, and articles to commemorate Veteran’s Day, November 11th.   From Drake’s President Martin, to former alumni and faculty, the exhibit shares how members of the Drake family have served our country.  The display is located on the second floor of Cowles Library, just outside the Archives and can be viewed during regular Library hours, now through the end of fall semester.

Divinity School Historical Archive now available!

The University Archives announces it’s latest collection of materials from the Drake University Divinity School (a.k.a. Bible College).  An extensive, detailed, item-level finding aid is now available to researchers at:

A Tribute to Mr. Drake

P Morrison_edited-1During this academic year, the University Archives is honoring Drake sports historian and alumnus (’39), Paul Morrison in a special main floor display.  The exhibit can be viewed anytime Cowles Library is open, and is full of articles, quotes, and memorabilia.   Come learn more about Drake’s treasured 99-year-old, “No.1 fan”!

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