Get your spook on

Fear and dread are no strangers to the Libraries, especially during finals week, as students fight the demons of procrastination, sleep deprivation, and over-caffeination. But this October, DLS is kicking it up a notch from fear to terror with our Halloween digital collection, compiling the scariest bits of data lurking in the dark recesses of the Iowa Digital Library.

Read — if you dare! — a supernatural tale about giving a foot massage to a ghost in Elizabeth Harris’s award-winning short fiction collection from the UI Press. View the monstruous misdeeds of early 20th century politicians in Ding Darling’s late-October editorial cartoons. Thrill to the true account of Helen Grundman’s 4-H Halloween party from her 1928 scrapbook entry, detailing such depraved acts as dressing up in costume, fortune-telling, and eating doughnuts.

Still not afraid? Then drop by Main Library on Halloween for our “Ghosts From the Stacks” event, where library staff will draw from Special Collections, Iowa Women’s Archives and the John Martin Rare Book Room to presents artifacts related to grave-robbing, local hauntings, and demon conjuring. Also we will serve cookies.

Ghosts From the Stacks
Main Library, room 2032
Wednesday, Oct. 31, noon – 1:00 pm

Halloween digital collection

For more information, please see our University of Iowa News Release.

— Jen Wolfe
Metadata Librarian