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‘Hawkeye’ yearbook, documenting 100 years of UI history, now online in Iowa Digital Library

The University of Iowa Libraries has recently completed a project to digitize the entire run of Hawkeye yearbooks, comprising more than 38,000 pages documenting UI history from 1892 to 1992. The digital collection, with its vast assortment of yearbook photographs and illustrations enhanced by full-text search functionality, is available at http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/yearbooks.

University Archivist David McCartney said the yearbooks are the go-to source for many, if not most, reference questions concerning twentieth century campus life. Online access makes it an even richer resource for alumni and the general public.

The yearbooks are the latest addition to the Iowa Digital Library, http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu, which features more than 450,000 digital objects created from the holdings of the UI Libraries and its campus partners. Included are illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, fine art, political cartoons, scholarly works, audio and video recordings, and more.

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Get to Know Iowa City, Flex Your Creative Muscles, Win Fame and Prizes!

So you’ve had some time to get your bearings on campus and in Iowa City. Do you think you can identify places around town from photos taken 50 years ago? Can you put your photography skills to work and re-create that image? Your photo creation could earn you fame and prizes (like tickets to Hancher)!

The Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes collection or the UI Physical Education for Women collection in the Iowa Digital Library are great places to start.

Check our contest website (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/events/then_now) for complete details about entering and uploading your photo. All members of the UI community (faculty, staff and students) are encouraged to participate, but only students are eligible to win prizes. Deadline for submission is October 1, 2010 at 5 p.m.

Good luck !

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University of Iowa Extends Its Collaboration with Accessible Archives, Inc.

Content Expansion Will Bring New Material to Civil War Collection

The University of Iowa Libraries has signed an agreement with Accessible Archives, an electronic publisher of primary source full-text historical databases, to preserve in digital format a number of primary source publications from the Civil War era. The Libraries’ holdings include various Civil War memoirs, pamphlets, and regimental histories, which up to now have been available only for those with access to its Special Collections Department.  Once the materials have been digitized and made fully searchable, they will become a new portion – an additional part – of The Civil War, a collection from Accessible Archives that has been well received by university and public libraries.

The Libraries has already contributed missing issues of Godey’s Lady’s Book to the digital collection. Among the Civil War books soon to be preserved and made searchable are: One Year’s Soldiering, Embracing the Battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh, written by the chaplain of the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry and published in 1863; Sketches of the War, 2nd Edition, by Charles Henry Nott, published in 1865; and The Twenty-First Regiment of the Iowa Infantry, by George Crooke, published in 1891. Full-page images will be included, giving researchers access to the text, photographs, portraits, maps, and illustrations found in the original print format.

“We are delighted to extend the collaboration begun with Godey’s Lady’s Book and provide material from the University of Iowa Special Collections to enhance Accessible Archives’ The Civil War. Iowa provided more troops per capita than any other state in the Union, and Iowa men fought in nearly all the campaigns and major battles, were captured and imprisoned in the South, and after the war wrote about their experiences and came together frequently in reunions.  All of this is documented in the University of Iowa contribution,” said Edward Shreeves, Director of Collections and Scholarly Communication and Associate University Librarian.

“I think the publications from Iowa will be a great addition and enhancement to the material that we already have.  Many times, the Midwest is overlooked as far as Civil War coverage and I think this collection will help to improve that,” added Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO.

The Iowa publications will complement the Civil War newspapers and memoirs that are already online, which were obtained from the Godfrey Memorial Library and Vincennes University.