National Wildlife Week with Frederic Leopold

Sometimes when digging through the archives, we find amazing connections from the past. While sorting through materials in the Frederic Leopold Papers collection for the AvIAn project, a letter written to Frederic Leopold from a student was found, discussing the day he had spent with the Sperry Elementary students during National Wildlife Week in 1973. Fortunately for…

Celebrating Women’s History Month With Mary Bailey

Women’s History Month has officially begun! Women’s History Month originated as “Women’s History Week” in 1982, and continued to be a week-long celebration until 1987, when the National Women’s History Project petitioned for a month long event. From then on March has officially been known as Women’s History Month. Here in Iowa, we have had…

History of the Great Backyard Bird Count

Are you looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day date idea? Why not bird watching? This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count falls on February 15th-18th, perfect timing for a late Valentines Day date! The Great Backyard Bird Count was started in 1998 by the Cornell Ornithology Lab and the National Audubon Society. The count was…

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…

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…

Project Launch: Ada Hayden Online Exhibit & Digital Collection

May 29th of this year marks 100 years after Ada Hayden graduated as the first woman to receive a PhD from Iowa State. Who was Ada Hayden?  She was a botanist, educator, ISU faculty member, ISU alumna, ecologist, illustrator, photographer, and, as she may be best known for: staunch advocate for prairie preservation. The list…

Project Launch: Sarah Underwood digital collection

The newly digitized Sarah Underwood papers are now available online through our Iowa Connections page.  As Kim Anderson described in a previous blog post which focused on Underwood’s experiences with being a new mother, her papers are a revealing window into the life of a mid-19th century woman living in eastern Iowa. Primarily containing Underwood’s…