People, Biographies (5/5)
Contributor: Iowa Library Services/
This collection contains photographs and biographies of the Iowa state librarians from 1837 to the present. Eleven of the twenty-seven librarians have been women, the first being Ada North from 1872-1877. She was appointed after her predecessor died unexpectedly. Johnson Brigham, shown here, was the longest serving State Librarian serving from 1898-1936. He was a noted Iowa author and historian and made many contributions to Iowa libraries. He died at the age of 90 when he was still the State Librarian.
Do you remember studying Iowa History in 5th or 6th grade? If you grew up in Iowa, the chances you did are about 100%. Thomas Christensen wrote the first edition of this book in 1928, and soon after that, the Iowa General Assembly passed a law requiring the study of Iowa History. This 2nd edition of The Story of Iowa, a Children’s History was published in 1931. It takes this new law into account, providing many photos and maps, so that the subject can be taught by many different methods.
Contributor: Drake University, The Drake Heritage Collections
Born in Indianola, Iowa on August 6, 1890, Emma Verona Calhoun Johnston was not only the oldest living American; she was also a graduate of Drake University. View this collection of images and documents that celebrate the life of this 1913 graduate.