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Catalog # Name Description
1970.57.2 Figurine, animal

Staffordshire hen; holding a little chick in a pink blanket in her left wing.

1971.19 Ribbon

From ISTC Alumni Homecoming, October 30, 1920. Purple with gold lettering. Color: PR,GD

1971.6.1 Ring, class

ISTC B. A. class ring, 1926. Gold with blue center stone. Engraved on inside with initials L. M. Color: GD,BL

1972.0027 Beret

Beanies were used for freshman hazing from 1923 through the late 1950s. This was a tradition from many other colleges across the United States but was adopted by Iowa State Teachers College in 1923 after 2 years of debate by the student government. Starting in 1924, all incoming freshman males had to purchase and wear green beanies, and all freshman women had to wear green arm-bands. These beanies and arm-bands had the letters of their major and I.S.T.C. on them. They could be customized for the individual wearer, this specifically came into effect in 1945 when women began to wear the beanies. The beanies were to be worn from the day they were received, typically at registration, until a specified date that year. In most cases, they were worn until "Dad's Day" or Homecoming when the freshman had to challenge the sophomores for the right to remove their beanies or be forced to wear them through the end of the semester. Repercussions of men not wearing the beanie were severe, if a freshman was seen by an upperclassmen not wearing their beanie, they would be subject to paddling, blanket tossing, head shaving, or horse whipping. Women faced less severe punishments and were subject to ice buckets, general humiliation, and only on occasion paddling. The colors and types of beanies changed over the years, they started as green, in 1929 they became purple and women adopted the beanies, in 1931 they added green bills to the purple hats at the same time that they changed from arm-bands for the women to pins. In 1941, there was not enough fabric to make the beanies so there were a few years in which they were not used. When they returned in 1945, it was decided that they would only be worn by women. Each year, when it had been determined that the freshman could remove their beanies, they burned them or destroyed them in some other way after the annual de-capping ceremony.
This beret was used in place of the beanie for women in 1930, as it was seen as more fashion forward. They were attempting to keep the girls in current styles while still setting them apart as freshman and initiating them to I.S.T.C.

Worn by the ISTC freshman girls in the fall of 1930. Purple with gold trim around the bottom. Made of felt. Black label: "Clothiers, Cedar Falls, Iowa" in center inside hat. Color: PR,GD

1972.0027 (Beret) image
1972.0057 Print, photographic

Campus view from College Street near 23rd Street showing faculty, students, and buildings. a. Picture. b. Frame. Dark brown wood.

1972.0065 Pin

Gold lettering on purple paw mark on white background. UNI Homecoming, 1972. Color: GD,PR,WH

1972.0069 Racket, tennis

Strung with cat gut. The initial "H" is carved on both sides just avove the handle. Color: BR,RD

1972.21.73 Plaque

Brown wood with an inner white square on which the UNI seal is placed. "Alumni Service Award, Inez E. Radell, May 21, 1972" is engraved on a gold rectangle 3" x 1" under the seal. Color: BR,WH,GD,PR

1972.30.0004 Key

#5. ISNS. Color: BK

1972.34.2 Button

Normal School Quarter Centennial. Picture of a school on the front. Oval with a pin on the back. Color: BR

1972.56.0002 Keystone

Window keystone from Old Gilchrist Hall. ISTC.

1972.56.3.0001 Building Plaque

Raised lettering "Gilchrist Hall 1882". Has 2 holes thorough which 2 bolts pass to fasten it to the building.

1972.56.6.1 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.56.6.10 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.56.6.2 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.56.6.3 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.56.6.4 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.56.6.5 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: GY,BR

1972.56.6.6 Nail

Found after destruction of Gilchrist Hall by fire in 1965. ISNS. Color: BR,GY

1972.56.6.7 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.56.6.8 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.56.6.9 Nail

Square metal nail, from Gilchrist Hall fire. Color: BR

1972.85.1 Microscope

Microscope - 1795 model. black metal for the most part. The stage, tube, ocular, and focus knobs are brass, gold in color, with a mirror. On a tripod stand. "Jas. W. Queen & Co., Philad" written across the upper part of the stage. Numbered on lower left side of the stage. Color: BK

1972.85.1 (Microscope) image
1972.85.2 Lens, Microscope

Interchangeable lens for microscope #72.85.1. Stored by being screwed into the top of the case separate from the microscope so that the microscope will fit in the box. It is a low power lens; made of brass.

1972.85.2 (Lens, Microscope) image
1972.85.3 Lens, Microscope

Interchangeable lens for microscope #72.85.1. High power lens.

1972.85.3 (Lens, Microscope) image