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…

From Our Collections: ISU Extension Resources

ISU Extension and Outreach Week is this week, April 16-21. This year, ISU Extension is celebrating 100 years of organized extension work in fifty-one Iowa counties! In anticipation of these anniversary celebrations, Digital Initiatives developed a landing page for extension materials and exhibits, and includes links to resources outside of DSI. One of the resources…

Motherhood realness in 1850s Iowa

I will give you the “youngest” for a birthday present if you will come for her. “I’m not joking,” I get better very slowly. So begins Sarah Underwood’s letter to her sister Ann two weeks after giving birth to Mary Lillian Underwood. Sarah was 30 years old and had been living in Iowa for about…

Digital Initiatives survey

Digital Initiatives is currently running a survey to get a better idea of what people are looking for when they visit our pages. It’s only two questions, so it won’t take much time. Your help is much appreciated! Take the survey here: DI website survey  

Adding Footnotes to Drupal pages

Over on the Special Collections and University Archives blog, Cardinal Tales, Laura Sullivan posts that for the past several months, we have been working on the layout and design of the digital exhibit, “A More Beautiful Iowa: Iowa’s State Park System.” For this project, as Laura mentioned, we decided to up the game a bit and…

From the Collections: Iowa Century Farms

New this year is the Iowa Farmstead digital collection. Consisting of 20 photogravures and lithographs from various 19th century publications, the collection shows what some of Iowa’s farms may have looked like over 150 years ago. At least some of the farms included in this collection were granted Century Farm status. Century Farms are those…

The Bomb Transcribe-a-thon Results!

On Wednesday, October 25th The Digital Initiatives Unit at Iowa State University  held the first “Bomb”  transcribe-a-thon. We had a total of 21 participating either locally or remotely.  In the four hours of the event, 630 pages were transcribed, way to go!! Thank you all for participating! If you would like to join in transcribing…

From the Collections: Agave parryi

Although the diary above shows a sketch of a plant titled “Agave Mescali (?)”, the real Agave parryi is named after the diary’s author, Charles C. Parry. Parry’s Agave in the Prescott National Forest, 1959. (Bluford W. Muir, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database)   Parry encountered the plant in the summer of 1850 near…

Join Us at the “Bomb” Transcribe-a-thon!

In 2016, the Iowa State University Library completed a six-year project to digitize an entire run of the campus yearbook, the Bomb. Comprised of nearly 45,000 pages, the digital versions are not easily searchable due to the wide variety of fonts and graphic elements used throughout the decades. Just look at the text from one page…

AvIAn Encounters – A Few Iowa Owl Sightings

From the Photo Files of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, these owl sighting photographs are part of a large collection of bird sighting records for the state of Iowa contributed by IOU members. Selections from the IOU Photo Files will appear as the profile pictures for many of the bird species included in the Avian Archives of Iowa Online.