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Photograph Collection

Identifier: 23

Scope and Contents

The University Archives Photograph Collection consists of prints and other photographic formats from various facets of campus throughout the University of Northern Iowa's history. The bulk of the collection pertains to the Iowa State Normal School, the Iowa State Teachers College, the State College of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. A smaller number of materials relates to the surrounding community and region. Topics include athletics, campus activities, faculty and staff, campus buildings, student organizations, classes, and more. The collection ranges in date from c. 1869 to about the early to mid 2000s. Please note that there is some overlap between subjects and it is recommended to check multiple subject areas.

Many of the subject areas listed below also include oversize photographs; when a subject includes large format photographs, it has been noted in the finding aid. To access these, please ask SC&UA staff for assistance. Please note that some of the subject titles were created by the photographer and/or office. Such titles have been retained to maintain the creator's work. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact SC&UA staff.


  • c. 1869-2000s

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Technical Access

Some materials are on media that requires special playback equipment. Some photos have been digitized and are available in ScholarWorks or by request. Please note that photographs are grouped in a variety of subjects in ScholarWorks. Users may need to explore multiple categories.

General Use, Reproduction, and Copyright Policies

Many items housed in the Rod Library Special Collections & University Archives, including unpublished images and manuscripts, may be protected by copyright, publication rights, trademarks, or model release rights which the library does not own and for which the library cannot grant permission or licensing. Materials currently under copyright are usually still available for research and limited reproduction under Fair Use laws. However, it is the sole responsibility of the patron to determine whether or not their use of a given material falls within Fair Use guidelines and to obtain permission for said use from the rightful copyright owner. If you are unsure where to begin, please consult the Copyright LibGuide. Please note that it is not the library's responsibility to locate or contact copyright holders for a patron, and neither the library nor library employees are responsible for copyright violations of the materials to which they facilitate research access.

Please see our full General Use and Service Policies for more information.

Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.


141.16 Linear Feet (343 boxes)

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The collection is arranged according to subject.

Related Materials

Additional photographs may be found in the broader University Archives collections. For example, the Department of Theatre collections and the University Relations collections contain many photographs that both supplement and complement the Photograph Collection. Please consult other University Archives finding aids.

Processing Information

Web​ description created by Adjunct University Archivist Rachael Acheson, November 29, 2016. Linear feet updated on September 21, 2017. As of September, 1989, there were approximately 30,000 photographs in Special Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository