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Please note that any finding aids on our website may be out of date.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.
Many of our collections can be located by browsing by subject.
These materials contain personal papers and organizational records from entities with a strong emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, technology, and local history.
Collections related to the Iowa State University include administrative records, faculty papers, and alumni collections.
The WISE Archives documents the achievements of women working in science and engineering fields. The collections include personal papers, organization records, and oral histories.
Collections of photographs, including from the University Archives. Some images can be viewd online.
Listing of film, videotape, and audiotape recordings housed in the department. Some of these resources can be accessed online.
The Department houses over 3,000 artifacts, many related to the history of Iowa State University.
Browse our Web archives, digital collections, and online exhibits.
Learn about what materials are currently on display in our reading room and exhibit spaces.