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Buttons, Buttons, Buttons!

The following is written by Academic Outreach Coordinator Kathryn Reuter On a college campus, chances are high that you will encounter at least one button during the course of your day. Pin back buttons – sometimes called “badges” – have long decorated the tote bags, backpacks, sweaters, and jackets of university students. Buttons proclaim allegianceContinue reading “Buttons, Buttons, Buttons!”

10 Black Poets to check out in Special Collections & Archives

The following was written by academic outreach coordinator Kathryn Reuter Reading poetry by Black authors is a great way to celebrate Black History Month! We searched through Special Collections and Archives to find materials from Black poets, some who are familiar to us, and some less so. It was tough to limit ourselves to justContinue reading “10 Black Poets to check out in Special Collections & Archives”

Discovering the Rich World of the Encyclopedia

Encyclopedias. If you’re like me, then you haven’t really given them much thought. Growing up in pre-Google days, my family owned a 1988 set that was used and abused by my siblings and I, for both school reports and building forts, and they proved a go-to for school projects and reports in those early yearsContinue reading “Discovering the Rich World of the Encyclopedia”

Creating First-hand Experiences with Manuscript Open Houses

Below is a reflection from Micaela Terronez, Olson Graduate Assistant, on the “Manuscripts at Special Collections” open houses. Can I really touch it? One curious visitor asked this question in amazement as they gazed at one of the twenty-one visiting manuscripts from Les Enluminures, a gallery of unique text manuscripts with locations in New York,Continue reading “Creating First-hand Experiences with Manuscript Open Houses”

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

Events World Canvass The World Canvass program ” “Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice,” will feature Iowa Women’s Archives curator Kären M. Mason. TONIGHT: Thursday, Feb. 22, 5:30-7:00PM Event Calendar Listing Archives Crawl Spec Collections, the University Archives, the Iowa Women’s Archives, and the Rita Benton Music Library are part of Archives Crawl. When: Sat. Feb. 24,Continue reading “Upcoming Events and Exhibitions”

Iowa City Archives Crawl Saturday February 24th

Iowa City Archives Crawl Saturday, February 24 at 11:00am to 3:00pm What gems are preserved inside of Iowa City’s libraries, museums, and archives? At the area’s first-ever archives crawl, visitors can snoop in between the pages of historic diaries, read other people’s mail, hold feathers and fossils, and peer into mysteries revealed by historic artifacts like swords and locksContinue reading “Iowa City Archives Crawl Saturday February 24th”

Upcoming October Events

Handy Books exhibit reception. Friday, October 6th, 12-1pm Special Collections Reading Room     Saving Brinton, The documentary was extended at Film Scene in Iowa City and has additional showings through at least October 11th. Read more. Buy tickets.   The Reformation and Books – 500 Years Later Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm Raymond Mentzer, DanielContinue reading “Upcoming October Events”