Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives
The Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes Collection contains work by the two photographers who were primary in capturing the history of the Iowa City area for over a century. Samuel Calvin, Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Iowa (1873-1911) exhibited important geological features both in and outside of Iowa with his glass plate camera, but his photographs of Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus show its history in beautiful detail. Frederick Wallace Kent followed as lecturer and instructor in photography at the University beginning in 1923, and later founded the University Photo Service in 1947. Kent captured not only university life such as sports and graduation in detail, but also photographed commercial and residential buildings off-campus in Iowa City, both from the ground and above. Together, these two photograph collections are an invaluable pictoral piece of Iowa City history.
Contributor: Iowa State University, Special Collections
The Iowa County Histories document the early history of Iowa and provide biographical sketches of its citizens. Descriptions of the events that shaped the towns, early settlement, territorial history, local government, economic development, and surveys and statistics provide some of the background. These electronic versions are full-text searchable through the Acrobat search option and navigable via the bookmarks tab to the left of the page images.
Contributor: Mason City Public Library
The Historical Department of the Mason City Public Library has an impressive photographic collection of over 100,000 images, dating back to the earliest days of Mason City. The collection consists of both photographic negatives and prints. A significant part of the collection comes from three local photographers: Walter Burton Wright, Safford Lock, and Elwin Musser.
Contributors: University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa Women's Archives
The Department of Physical Education for Women at The University of Iowa was a pioneer in the development of graduate study and professional training as well as athletic opportunities for women. The records of the department held by the Iowa Women's Archives span more than 100 years and include pamphlets, correspondence, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and films. Featured here are nearly 1000 digitized photographs from the collection.