Artifact Collection

Special Collections and University Archives collects a variety of three-dimensional items. Currently, there are about 3,500 items in the artifact collection dating from 1849 to the present. Examples of these objects include the death mask of Margaret Stanton (preceptress and wife of Edgar Stanton, class of 1872), a letter sweater, freshman beanies, the National Medal of Technology given to John Vincent Atanasoff, and numerous buttons and pins from various campus organizations and events.

Work continues on rehousing, identifying, and describing each artifact in the collection. Information and digital images for each artifact are being entered into a database, which will allow better access to the objects. Currently, researchers are temporarily unable to browse the artifact catalog, but the Department hopes to provide improved online access to the collection in the near future.

If you have any questions regarding the artifact collection, please contact Special Collections and University Archives at 294-6672 or