Happy 165th Birthday to Althea Sherman!

Althea Rosina Sherman was born October 10th, 1853 to Mark Bachelor Sherman and Melissa Clark Sherman in Farmersburg Township, Iowa. Althea’s home was built by her father in the middle of the prairie, where she and her four siblings would live for about 20 years until they decided to build a home closer to the up…

Celebrating World Animal Day with the birds of Iowa!

October 4th is World Animal Day, a world wide holiday celebrating our furry and feathered friends from across the globe. Originally founded by Heinrich Zimmermann in 1925 to celebrate and bring awareness to the lives of the animals around us. World Animal Day is always celebrated on October 4th, as it is also the day…

Project Launch: Digital Collection of Agricultural Machinery Product Literature

A new digital collection is in the works: the Agricultural Machinery Product Literature Collection. If agricultural machinery is not of interest to you, why might you want to check out this collection?  Illustrations throughout the collection are often eye-catching (both on the cover and inside the material).  The various design and marketing techniques used provide…

Darwin Core Part 2: Scientific Observation

  Darwin Core  This is Part 2 in my series of posts (Part 1 here) about how we use the metadata standard Darwin Core to describe the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union (IOU) rare bird documentation forms. We discuss how bird observation information in our collection is turned into scientific data These are forms that people submit…

A Glimpse of the Past Through the Eyes of Ornithology.

The history of photography can be traced back much farther than one might imagine. During the 17th century, “magic lanterns” were a frequent pastime for many members of society. Hand painted images on glass plates could be held in front of a candle or other light source, and would result in the image being projected…

Collection Additions: John Vincent Atanasoff

In May of 2018 work was completed to add materials to the John Vincent Atanasoff digital collection. The additional items include materials documenting his work on the Atanasoff–Berry Computer (ABC) (primarily correspondence and photographs which weren’t online previously), as well as a selection of his notes and draft materials relating to his invention ideas beyond the ABC. …

Thank you, Jake!

Jacob Thompson, our student assistant for the past three years, graduated from Iowa State University last week. Today is his last day on the job. In this blog post, he reflects on his three years with Digital Scholarship and Initiatives, where he’s had opportunities to work with the Digital Press and the Digital Repository.