Private Donors Can Make a Difference


Making a Contribution to the Special Collections and University Archives

Donating Rare and Unique Materials

There are many ways donors can contribute and support Special Collections and University Archives. Donors can donate personal papers, organizational records, and rare books that relate to the history of agriculture, science and technology, and the history of Iowa State University. Please view the Department's mission and collections policy for additional guidelines on the types of materials we may be interested in. As always, contact us if you have any questions.


Making a Financial Contribution

Donors can make a financial donation that assists the Department in processing its collections, adding to the Rare Book collection, or reproducing rare and unique materials. The following were funded by donors:

  • The purchase of the 2 millionth volume for the Special Collections Department and the Library--a rare 2 volume set written by the early woman scientist, Maria Agnesi
  • The archival processing of the following collections: Rath Packing Company Records, Karl Fox Papers, the American Statistical Association, the Beef Improvement Federation
  • The development of a virtual exhibit for the "The Road I Grew Up On," by Helen Gunderson


Resources for Additional Information

The following resources are provided by the Society of American Archivists and provide general information on donating collection materials. This information can prove useful whether you are donating to the ISU Special Collections and University Archives or to any other repository.


For further assistance, please contact:

Special Collections and University Archives
403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Ames, IA 50011-2102
Phone: (515)294-6672