About the Collections

Open in the fall of 2013, the Drake University Archives and Special Collections facility collects and preserves a wide variety of materials.

Our Special Collections include books and journals deemed rare, or in a condition warranting preservation.  Published works by Drake faculty and alumni, as well as unique gifted print collections are also shelved in the Archives.

Our University Archives include Drake University records. These non-current documents of historical value from campus offices, departments, and committees are received on an on-going basis. The archives also holds photographs and media relating to the history of Drake, as well as manuscripts and memorabilia donated by faculty or alumni. Find out what we have in our Archives by searching the Finding Aids, or contact us directly.

Finding Aids

Online documents providing detailed information about collections.   That information includes content descriptions, links to digitized material or related sites.  Collections range from University records to manuscripts and political papers. Collections awaiting processing, do not have finding aids. Please ask Archives Staff if you do not find what you’re looking for.

Political Papers Collection

These collections include records from Iowa lawmakers or records that document the political process in Iowa, including the Iowa Caucuses.

Drake Digital Collections

Our digital collections include over 90,000 items drawn from the collections of Cowles Library and the Drake University Archives and Special Collections.

Online Exhibits

Created by librarians, library staff and Drake students, our online exhibits showcase digitized materials from our archives and special collections.

W. Dean Eastman Collections

These collections feature over 1700 items (books, rare manuscripts, diaries, ledgers, correspondence, Etc.) dealing with all aspects of historical New England, as well as a finding aid to the papers of W. Dean Eastman, the donor of the collection.