Search Collections Using CARDinal

CARDinal is the new archives catalog that Special Collections and University Archives has been working to bring to the public since 2016. Thanks in part to a grant from the National Historical Preservation and Records Commission, the CARDinal project is on track for an official launch during summer 2019. However, the public is invited to start using CARDinal now for searching our collections. We welcome your feedback as we continue to add more collections to the system and refine the look and feel of CARDinal between now and the official launch date.

Please note that any finding aids on our website may be out of date. CARDinal will have the most recent updates to our finding aids, so we recommend searching here instead.

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Subject Guides for Manuscripts and Archives Collections

Many of our collections can be located by browsing by subject.


Manuscript Collections

These materials contain personal papers and organizational records from entities with a strong emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, technology, and local history.


University Archives Collections

Collections related to the Iowa State University include administrative records, faculty papers, and alumni collections.


Archives of Women in Science and Engineering

The WISE Archives documents the achievements of women working in science and engineering fields. The collections include personal papers, organization records, and oral histories.


Photograph Collections

Collections of photographs, including from the University Archives. Some images can be viewd online.


Audiovisual Collections

Listing of film, videotape, and audiotape recordings housed in the department. Some of these resources can be accessed online.


Artifact Collection

The Department houses over 3,000 artifacts, many related to the history of Iowa State University.


Online Resources

Browse our Web archives, digital collections, and online exhibits.


Exhibits on Display in the Department

Learn about what materials are currently on display in our reading room and exhibit spaces.