Erin Anderson and Amy Bishop
This exhibition is somewhat non-traditional in its subject matter and approach. It does not cover a major global or regional event or explore the life of someone famous. This is the story of two friends on an adventure, and it is a story that, as with much archival research, required disparate pieces to be assembled.
Brad Kuennen and Rachael Acheson
Selecting student spotlights who represented a range of ISU experiences proved tricky, and we ended up leaving out a lot of interesting people. A complete survey of archival holdings would be impossible, but here is a taste of some of the kinds of perspectives, and tantalizing fragments of perspectives, you would be missing out on if you only viewed our exhibit and never pursued additional archival research on ISU student life.
Amy Bishop, Olivia Garrison, and Kimberly D. Anderson
Throughout the twentieth century, farmers in Iowa and the Midwest struggled to make a living off their land and hard work. Post-war price busts and the Great Depression only exacerbated the general erosion in farm parity as increasing costs of production were not matched by an increase in farm commodity prices. In response, farmers organized in an effort to move from being victims of the economic and social situation to self-determined shapers of action. In this exhibit, we take a closer look at mobilization of farmers to confront and obstruct tuberculosis testing of cattle during the Iowa Cow Wars of the early 1930s and the commodity holding actions of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) in the 1960s. The exhibit will cover the actions and methods used by the farmers as well as how they leveraged the media to affect change. Finally, we look at the parallel struggles of migrant farm workers to improve wages and working conditions, examining the efforts both to pass legislation in Iowa in support of migrant farm workers and to support the Delano Grape Strike in California and the related international boycott.
Rebecca E. Dickman
The Special Collections Department has many wonderful herbals in its rare book collection. In 2012, the department received Hieronymus Bock’s New Kreuter Buch. This completed former Department Head Tanya Zanish-Belcher’s dream of having an herbal written by each of the three founders of botany. The department decided to highlight these three herbals through an exhibit. The exhibit was on display from May 3 through October 15, 2013.
Becky S. Jordan
The Department of Special Collections is fortunate to have a number of 19th Century illustrated bird books. These books, filled with hand-colored plates, were produced at a time when there was tremendous interest in the descriptions of new species of birds. At the same time, a new printing technique, lithography, made illustration of new species a simpler process. This combination of art and science resulted in lovely volumes like those on display.
No attempt has been made for a comprehensive coverage of the many outstanding illustrated botanical books for this three hundred year period. Rather the aim has been for a combination of interesting illustrators and famous botanists. Like the exhibit on fine bird books, these books on display have been taken from the Rare Books division of Special Collections.
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