Photograph and Still Image Collections

Photograph and Slide Collections


About Our Image Collections

Special Collections and University Archives maintains over 1,000,000 photographs, slides, and digital images. The majority of these images focus on the activities of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Iowa State University. The Department also holds separate collections that feature topics related to agriculture, rural life, science, technology, home economics, and local history.

Only a selection of these collections are available online through Digital Collections and on Flickr, however nearly all of them may be viewed by visiting the Department.

Copies may be requested; see the Image Reproduction page for more information. Please allow 1-2 weeks for fulfillment of image requests.


University Photo and Image Collections

university photographs and images

These collections document Iowa State University through photographs and 35mm slides with the earliest photographs of campus dating back to the 1870s. The department also holds digital images created by the University Photographer dating from 2000-2015 and these can be accessed by contacting University Archives directly. The inventories below will guide users in locating images of interest, however in many cases researchers will have to visit the department in order to view the full extent of images available. 

Additional University-related collections:

Photographs may be found throughout University Archives collections in scrapbooks and alongside paper records. Browse the finding aids to find more or contact us for assistance.


Collections of Agriculture and Rural Life Images


These collections contain significant numbers of images related to Iowa's agriculture, rural life, and local history. Some may also include images of the larger Midwest region. These collections have been donated to the department largely by private individuals and organizations. It is important to note that this is just a selection of the collections held by the department that contain visual images related to agriculture and rural life.