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Drake Relays Digital Archive

Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections

In 1910, perhaps 100 fans witnessed the first Drake Relays. This event grew from a dirt track on the outskirts of a fledgling Des Moines to become one of the premier track and field competitions in the country. This collection showcases the history of the Drake Relays through hundreds of images, documents and articles.

Iowa City Flood

Contributors: Story Corps, Office of University Relations, and University of Iowa Department of Anthropology

In June 2008, the Midwest experienced one of its most severe floods on record, causing the closure of highways and the evacuation of homes and businesses.  Compiled in this collection are over 3,400 photographs taken by the University News Services documenting the event on the University of Iowa campus and in the Iowa City/Coralville area. Also included are two dozen oral history interviews, recorded by the UI Anthropology Department and by StoryCorps in collaboration with the UI Libraries, that capture the experiences of eastern Iowans affected by the flood.