AvIAn Encounters – The Iowa Ornithologists’ Union Collection

The Iowa Ornithologists’ Union (IOU), founded in 1923, is an organization dedicated to promoting the study and enjoyment of birds in Iowa. Made up of both professional ornithologists and amateur birders, the IOU unites people under their common interests of bird identification, study, and protection. The IOU also serves as a repository for Iowa bird…

From the Collections: Modeling Iowa State

This school year, Iowa State welcomes the arrival of 80 new faculty to campus in addition to our new admissions and transfer students. Last year, the Digital Initiatives Program added a collection of images taken by the Facilities Planning and Management. The digital collection highlights the labor that goes into making campus both safe and…

DSI at CIA

Yesterday the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) Department took part in the 2017 meeting of the Consortium of Iowa Archivists (CIA). Thanks to our colleagues in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) who served as hosts and brought the day together. Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist, handled the logistics and documented the event. Harrison and Kim…

DSI welcomes new AvIAn team members!

A Welcome to Erin Anderson, our new AvIAn Project Coordinator, and Peter Sutton, our new AvIAn Metadata Associate. Erin and Peter joined the Digital Initiatives team in June to work on the Avian Archives of Iowa Online, a digitization project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation….

Project Launch: Hortense Butler Heywood Collection

In July of 2017, the Core Digital Team created an online collection containing  272 objects from the Hortense Butler Heywood Papers. The Core Digital Team is comprised of individuals from the Digital Initiatives unit, Special Collections, the Preservation Department and the Catalog and Metadata Department at Iowa State University. Hortense Butler Heywood, was born in Cherokee, Iowa…

From the Collections: Horsepower at Iowa State

In the early 1920s, Iowa State pioneered a new measurement of horsepower by inventing a machine that could measure the pulling strength of a team of horses. Earlier horse dynamometers measured only the force required to move a load, not the force required to start pulling a load. The device, “Iowa Dynamometer Car for Horses,”…

85 years of Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research

July 2017 marks the 85th anniversary of the Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (ICFWRU). The ICFWRU was created by Jay N. “Ding” Darling as commissioner of the Iowa Fish and Game Commission. Paul L. Errington was hired to establish and lead the initial cooperative unit. The ICFWRU preceded the national development of fish…

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