Iowa City Archives Crawl, Feb. 24


What gems hide in plain sight in Iowa City’s libraries, museums, and archives?

At the area’s first-ever archives crawl, visitors can snoop in between the pages of historic diaries, read other people’s mail, hold feathers and fossils, and peer into mysteries revealed by historic artifacts like swords and locks of hair kept in remembrance.

All events are free and open to the public!

Between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, the following sites will be open to the public. Each will offer tours, demonstrations, and short talks by experts (see specific times below). Start your crawl at any of these sites, where you can pick up an archives crawl “passport” and map. Bring your fully stamped passport to any site for a prize!


UI Main Library – All events begin in Special Collections on the 3rd Floor

  • 11:00-11:30 am – Historically Yours: Drawing from the Archives for Public Outreach, with Colleen Theisen
  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm – Remembering Girls 6-on-6 Basketball in Iowa, with Karen Mason
  • 12:00-12:30 pm – Handwritten and Printed Cookbooks in the 1860s, with Colleen Theisen
  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm – Curating and Conserving “Dada Futures,” with Jen Buckley and Giselle Simon
  • 1:00-1:30 pm – Tour of the Conservation Lab
  • 1:00-1:30 pm – Entering the Archives Professions: Perspectives from current graduate students, w/ Micaela Terronez and Hannah Hacker
  • 1:30-2:00 pm – “Dada Futures” with curator Timothy Shipe
  • 1:30-2:00 pm – Tour of the Conservation Lab
  • 2:00-2:30 pm – Stories of African American Trailblazers at Iowa, with David McCartney

UI Museum of Natural History – Events take place on the ground floor of Macbride Hall, north end

  • Every half hour between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, the Museum will offer a tour of specimens and artifacts from its zoological and ethnographic collections, as well as documentary and photographic collections.
  • Representatives from the Office of the State Archaeologist and the Paleontology Repository will also be at the Museum sharing specimens.

State Historical Society of Iowa

Representatives from the African American Museum of Iowa, the UI Rita Benton Music Library, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library will have tables at this site.

  • 11:00-11:30 am – Labor Oral History Digitization
  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm – The Hoover Archives
  • 12:30-1:00 pm – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • 1:00-1:30 pm – Music from Iowa’s 1980s Bands
  • 1:30-2:00 pm – African American Archives
  • 2:00-2:30 pm – McMillan Films of the 1920s

Iowa City Public Library – Events take place in the Computer Lab on the 2nd Floor

Includes representatives from Friends of Historic Preservation, Johnson County Historical Society, and Historic Foodies

  • 11:00-11:15 am – How to Find My Ancestors, a genealogy workshop
  • 11:30 am-11:45 am– Giving Your Personal History a Digital Makeover
  • 12:00-12:15 pm – Historic Preservation: The Original Whole-House Makeover, Friends of Historic Preservation
  • 2:30-12:45 pm – Local History resources at ICPL, or “What Really Happened Back in the Day?”
  • 1:00-1:15 pm – Iowa City’s Most Famous Athlete You’ve Never Heard Of
  • 1:30-1:45 pm – Curating the 2006 Tornado Tour: Building a Strong Collection with the Community
  • 2:00-2:14 pm – Johnson County Historical Society:  Who We are and What We Do
  • 2:30-2:45 pm – CSI: Investigating a Murder with Local History Resources


Dada Futures exhibit at the UI Memorial Union 

UIMA@IMU Visual Classroom, Iowa Memorial Union, third floor
125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City

Drawing upon the remarkable strengths of UI Special Collections and the UIMA, this exhibit considers the various unruly progeny the Dada movement spawned and the projects it continues to seed, artistic, scholarly and otherwise. Talks by several of the the exhibit’s curators and conservationists—Jen Buckley, Gisselle Simon, and Timothy Shipe—will occur at the UI Main Library site.


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