The focus of the historical collection includes the following areas:

  • Rural education in Iowa (1850 – 1955)
  • UNI campus (1886 – present)
  • Costumes, Midwest (clothing 1850 – present)
  • Currency, international
Displaying 1 - 100 of 14898
Cat. # Name Description
1 1986.4.0243 Contract For Aletha Jacobs to teach, Prospect Hill School District, Buchanan County, 27 August. Color: WH,BK,BL
2 2004.17.206.0013 Newsletter "The Alumnus, Vol. 51, No. 3, September, 1966." Front cover shows black and white photo of four girls sitting in front of the library reading. Twenty-nine pages of current events for the campus. Addressed to Mrs. Lena M. McNeil Center Point, IA. Color: WH,BK 2004.17.206.0013 (Newsletter) image
3 1976.0057 Sunbonnet Homemade; cloth reproduction. Color: YL,ML
4 1995.21.0062 Transparency, slide Chan Say Tevoda temple, St. Paul tree on top. Angkor Wat. Open window 2-storey building behind tree in foreground. Building level is several feet lower than tree. Color: ML
5 UNIM1986.14.1981.10.0005 Dress Cotton work dress; plaid print in pink, blue, green and wine colors. Knotched collar. Center front 4 button closure with hand worked button holes. Shoulder darts front and back. Bodice gathers to band at waist. Skirt gathers to band at waist. Three panel skirt (2 front, 1 back). Back hip darts. 2 patch pockets each side front 6 1/4" wide x 7" high. Set in short sleeves with 2" cuff. 3" hand - stitched hem. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: PK, GN, BL
6 Stereograph Two photos mounted on grey cardboard. The photos are almost identical to the description in the lower right corner "189683 - President Poincare at the Front, France." There are six men in military unifrom talking to one another on a dirt road. There are trees and a white picket fence with two automobiles on the right hand side of the road. At the top of the front side of the stereograph is the number "103." Color: BK,WH,GY
7 1970.21.0004 Badge Badge and committee ribbon from "Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Dr. Pauline Sauer, Biology". Picture of the Campanile along the right side. Gold ribbon is 6 1/2' long and 1 1/2" wide, with the word "committee" written vertically down the front in brown. ISTC. Color: GD,BR
8 1978.51.0009 Coin Trojan denarius, 1st century. 1978.51.0009 (Coin) image
9 1986.4.0553 Card, Christmas Greetings; James Spangler. Color: ML
10 1993.24.0006 Booklet, form, warrant Each stub shows payee and amount paid by Independent School District # 6, Cedar Falls Township, Cedar Falls, Iowa from July 2, 1952 to July 3, 1953.
11 1995.21.0315 Transparency, slide Torii, Asakusa, Kannon Temple. Entrance gate (Torii) in background. buildings at left & rear. People in both traditional and western dress in foreground. Color: ML
12 UNIM1994.13.0144 Bead Smooth cylindrical shaped bead. Color: BK
13 UNIM1986.14.1982.2.0015 Magazine ''Needlecraft Magazine''. Augusta, Maine and New York, New York. Needlecraft Publ. Co., XVIII:8, April, 1927, 38 pp. Published monthly @ 50 cents yr., 10 cents, single copy. Color: BK,WH
14 1988.35.0082 Print, photographic Wrestling, ISTC. Color: BK,WH
15 1978.51.2.0007 Coin One chon.
16 1993.24.2.0025 Form, warrant No. 62, May 17, 1957, to Elsie Rogers for $228.75 for salary. Signed by President, Maynard DeBoer and Secretary, Harry F. Barck. Used by Independent School District #6 of Cedar Falls Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa as a record of payment.
17 2005.5.0002 Diploma Degree for Minnie Durham in the Palmer method of business Writing. Signed by the author. Color: WH,BK
18 1995.21.529.0015 Transparency, lantern slide Marked "Mother Hubbard". Shows 2 women in front of picket fence. One on right wears Mother Hubbard style dress, floor length, and a hat. Woman on left wears street length A-line dress. Color: BK,WH
19 UNIM1986.14.1985.4.0027 Purse Swagger style, with two strap handles. Center compartment with zippered pocket. Metal hinged frame opens 1/2way down sides. "Gold" frame & clasp & holders for handles. Large outside pockets, front & back. Front pocket in sections; pieces is edgestitched. Piping around outside edges. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: BK UNIM1986.14.1985.4.0027 (Purse) image
20 UNIM1996.4.1b.0003 Pattern McCall's Pattern. 2605 (1970). Dress with transfer for smocking; sz. 8. Color: CR
21 1973.33.0007 Print, photographic Brown cardboard frame. Woman with large hat and shawl. Color: BR
22 1978.51.6.0032 Currency June 1, twenty pound certificate, serial no. 5504. South Carolina. This note is indented in the left border. On the front is a seal depicting two hands greeting (shaking) with two palm leaves between them. Above is the motto: "FIDES PUBLICA" (Public trust) with the date 1775 in exergue. The engraved back is oriented vertically, with designs and a scroll bearing the motto "For the public good." Color: BK,WH
23 1980.45.0080 Sticker Democratic party Presidential Campaign; synthetic woven cloth patch, white face, red and blue printed inscription, "Another Nebraskan for CHURCH"; brown paper backing marked, "Fasson CRACK'N PEEL". Color: WH,RD,BL
24 1989.30.0006 Desk, school Double.
25 2008.15.0112 Script Two poems handwritten on a tan sheet of paper. The first poem "Christmas Goodies" is written in ink. Next to this poem is written Albert above Lonnie, which was crossed out. I know is written also to the right of that poem. The second poem is called "Twinkles". Deborah is handwritten to the right of this poem, which was written in pencil. There are holes, possibly from staples near the top left corner. The bottom of the page also appears torn, which suggests this section of paper was once part of a larger piece. Color: TN 2008.15.0112 (Script) image
26 UNIM1988.11.0181 Hat Tam style winter hat. 3" deep; slightly round top. 5/8" wide elastic around bottom to fit head. No brim or decorative detail. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: WH
27 1975.5.0005 Spoon Light blue with white flecks. Hole at the end of the handle.
28 2001.11.0030 Album, Photograph Rectangular. Reads "Photographs" on the front cover, upper left corner. Album contains snapshots of young women from 1916-1918. Some photos are from Cedar Falls and ISTC. 52. Photos. Color: BK
29 2009.18.0021 Card, report 3rd grade report card of Johnnie Craft, age 9, Windsor Twp. District No. 2, Signed by 3 teachers [names not legible] and superintendent H. L. Adams, West Union. Color: GR,BK
30 UNIM1988.11.0523 Set, Jewelry Choker necklace and clip earrings. Metal wire and clamps between 1/2" dia. plastic beads. Necklace 21" l, earrings 1 1/4" dia. with wire mesh over setting (set on silver metal backing and clip. Silver metal mesh tube has 16 beads inside separated by a metal ring between each bead. Necklace has oblong chain on one end and a hook on the other to fasten. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: SL, GN
31 1976.88.0008 Box On top of box is "Paul Junior" and a flowered design. Inside of top is a picture of a little boy with a red hat and green tassel, dressed in a multi-colored robe, with "Paul Junior" printed across the top of the picture. Below that on the inside of the box is printed in red: "Chambers and Owen's Paul Junior". On the outside of the box in front is written, "Petite ducs." On the right side of the box is a picture of the boy on the inside. On the left side is "Colorado 50" printed in longhand. On the bottom of the wooden box is "Factory No. 680 3rd Dist. N. Y. 50" printed in black letters. Also on the bottom of the box is a "State of New York Notice:" this notice tells that all cigars inside have complied with the law. Color: ML
32 1981.8.0340 Currency One lira/pound, serial number "686459". Front: Fisherman carrying fishing gear; view of bay with ships; Back: Mosaic from the floor of an ancient synagogue at lssafiya on Mt. Carmel; Watermark: Face of the fisherman. Color: bl,wh
33 1990.46.0006 Book "The Child's Book of Nature for the Use of Families and Schools." part 1, Plants. By Worthington Hooker. 120 pp. Inscription "Mary Matthias, Cedar Falls, Jan 30/83" (repeated) and "Clara Matthias, 1890, 10 years old." Color: BK,WH
34 UNIM1986. Button Sack of miscellaneous buttons, 3/16" -1+". About 80 1" and larger; 150 5/8" - 1"; 400 3/16" - 1/2". Both 2 or 4-hole sew-through and shank style. Various shapes; flat, dome, diamond, heart.
35 Print, photographic Oak framed. Mt. Sir Donald. Color: BK,WH
36 1977.53.0172 Coin One peseta.
37 1991.11.0110 Dress Cream linen dress with pockets on the front and buttons on the back. Cap sleeves. Cream
38 1977.0015 Postcard W, CF & N railroad car. (Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern). Color: ML
39 1984.6.0255 Print, photographic Man in turban sitting at sesk with sevral books in front of him. Three men in background, fourth man handing him an open book. The main character is holding a pen and a jar of ink rests near his right elbow. On reverse, typed "Fumban. The Sultan at his desk." The Sultan pictures is King Njoya. Also stamped in blue ink "French Pictorial Service/220 WEST 42ND STREET, N.Y." Color: BK,WH 1984.6.0255 (Print, photographic) image
40 2004.17.0058 Booklet Three sections fold up into information about the UNI Dome. One section has an aerial picture of the Dome. Other inside shots of the dome interior. Also has "UNI - Dome Highlights." Color: YL,BK
41 1994.32.51.0013 Map Weather map, Des Moines, Iowa. Clipped from a newspaper. Date not given. Color: BK,WH
42 UNIM1986.14.1980.10.0001 Coat, frock Cutaway waistcoat with narrow collar and lapels. Left breast pocket, small right pocket in waistline seam. Bach has curved princess lines and center back vent; pocket in right tail lining; longer than suit jacket. Long loose sleeve with vents at wrists and 2 buttons. Lined with black sateen. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: BK
43 Stereograph "U. S. Battleships Serve as Transports in Bringing our Troops Home - The Louisiana at Dock in New York Harbor" is printed on the lower right corner. Two photos are mounted on gray cardboard with the number "197" on the top of the front side. Photos are nearly identical with one large battleship at U. S. dock. Two smaller tugboats are at the front of the battleship, keeping it in place, and one more at the back. Men line the rails of the battleship. Smoke from the smokestacks of the four ships is everywhere, and the New York skyline is barely visible in the background. Color: BK,WH, GY
44 UNIM1989.6.0012 Scrapbook UNI. Compiled by students of Home Management House, fall, 1969.
45 1986.4.0366 Letter From supervisory principal E. Guy Greenawalt contratulating teachers on success of May Day pageant. Color: WH,BK
46 1992.31.10.0012 Figure, lamb Toy lamb
47 1995.21.0156 Transparency, slide Seine book stalls. Books and art for sale from stalls. Martin Grant in foreground. Color: ML
48 UNIM1992.14.0005 Doily Star-burst design, filet crochet. Diamond mesh joined to 2 3/4" linen center. darning stitch used for embroidering design in each of 12 points. Feather stitching around edge of linen center. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: WH
49 1978.51.1.0091 Coin One ore.
50 1988.32.0003 Bookend Parts a. and b. Color: BK
51 1970.49.0002 Lens, microscope Fifteen mm.; orange, with black casing.
52 1993.24.0124 Invoice For reimbursement to P. A. Lund, President of Farmers Mutual Insurance association for having paid combination fire and wind policy covering Eddy School building. Marked "O. K. A. H.:" and "paid with warrent (sic) No. 4."
53 1995.21.0411 Transparency, slide Masjed Badahahi (Royal) from Akbar Fort. Minarets and domes seen rising above roof lines. Color: ML
54 UNIM1986.14.1983.1.0012 Fabric Miscellaneous pieces, 8 types . Include black grenadine, nun's cloth, vlelvet, satin, taffeta, lace. Also black satin ribbon, and lace insertion and edging.
55 UNIM1994.14.0101 Pants Male child's dress pants, size 22" w x 17 1/2" inseam, plaid, tapered leg, ankle length, front inseam pockets, bound back pockets, hook at center faced, 6 belt loops, 1 1/4" waistband, 1" hem at leg bottom, 5" zipper at center front, back left pocket has a button Color: GD, GR, BL
56 1972.21.69.0002 Marble Marble stones to be ground for hard paste. Used for making china. a. and b. and c.
57 1978.51.2.0106 Coin None
58 1988.48.29.0034 Booklet "Great Men & Famous Women" "A Series of Pen & Pencil Sketches of the Lives of the Most Prominent Personages in History", part 34 . Part of a 68 piece series. "Sold only by Subscription" "No Subscription received for less than the Complete Work 68 parts". Price 25 cents. The series runs from page 1 - 384. Each part begins with 3 illustrations of featured person. Part 68 begins with 3 illustrations and is followed by Table of Contents for the original 8 volumes that this subscription package was produced from. Cover has Greek classic artwork with the characters "Fame" & "History" portrayed. Also four busts of Grant, Lincoln, Washington and ? line bottom of cover art. Back cover has facsimile of autographs of contributing authors & a note on "Terms of Publication". Each issue bound by two steel staples. Contains articles on: Prince von Bismarck, Charles Stewart Parnell, William McKinley, and Grover Cleveland. pp. 385-408. Color: BR,BK,WH
59 1993.24.46.0020 Form, tax credit May 14, 1954. Advises amount of state tax revenue ($771.06) apportioned in april, 1954 to School District #6 of Cedar Falls Township. #4937. Iowa Official Form No. 1023.
60 2007.17.0047 Booklet What You Should Know About Sterling Silver, Why Sterling? Picture of women shopping for silverware. 7pgs Color: WH, BK
61 UNIM2004.29.0002 Apron Smock style apron is below knee length and wraps around to overlap in the front (3 armholes). Whit bias tape around the neck, armholes, edges and bottom. Floral designs. Color: GR PK,BL WH,OR,
62 1978.51.6.0127 Currency Fractional-postage currency, by the Act of March 3, twenty-five cents. Fourth issue featuring George Washington Color: BK,WH,RD,GR 1978.51.6.0127 (Currency) image
63 UNIM1986.14.1986.1.0009 Brief Elastic waistband 1' wide; red & blue stripe in waistband. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: WH
64 1975.4.0129 Card, report Dows Public School. report of attendance, deportment and school work. Blank; no writing. Color: BK,WH
65 1989.43.0549 Album, photograph Black with metal covering and latches. Designs on cover. 25 pages. Color: BK
66 1973.43.0091 Curtain, window Unhemmed at top, scalloped design on other three sides. Color: WH
67 1998.21.0007 Book, instruction Color: BK,WH,GY
68 UNIM1988.11.0333 Pillowcase White cotton pillowcase with green, brown and pink floral embroidery. Pillow tubing for a pair of pillowcases not cut apart. Crossstitched embroidery throughout roses (3) leaves and background. One case has green leaves with pink roses the other end has pink roses and leaves. Scalloped edge with hem -stitching not finished on edges. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: WH, GN, BN, PK
69 1976.22.0011 Towel, hand Tatted insertion and edging. Striped design woven into it. Color: WH
70 1974.1.0003 Shoe Lady's; high, laced. Black leather shoe, black cloth top. Long vamp pointed toes, "Baby Louis heel". a. Right shoe. b. Left shoe. Color: BK
71 1989.43.567.0020 Stereograph "Hermitage Bridge and Whirlpool, Scotland." Shows wooded cascade, with woman looking at it from a timbered bridge. Color: BK,WH 1989.43.567.0020 (Stereograph) image
72 UNIM1988.11.0617 Earring Round and rectangle rhinestones with large rhinestone on the bottom. Plastic tak holds earrings in place for photograph. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: SL, CL
73 2010.6.0024 Contract Agreement to Modify Teacher's Continuing Contract, Helen Marine, Mid-Prairie Comm School District, Tom Jura, Pre-printed contract form, blanks filled in with black type, signed with black ink Color: WH
74 Insignia, military For shoulder.
75 2002.7.0196 Clipping, Newspaper Songs, "Rosalie, the Prairie Flower" and, marked in pen, "Song Mother Sang To Me When I Was a Baby, FWC." Color: WH,BK
76 UNIM1986. Trim Two 1/8 " wide woven strips stitched together with a zig-zag stitch. Picot edge on one side. Color: TN
77 UNIM1988.11.0870 Bracelet 7 1/2" heavy chain with football and whistle charms. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: SL
78 Mount, specimen Two parts, a. Top. b. Bottom.
79 1977.58.88.0001 Postcard Shell names. Color: ML
80 1985.4.0004 Coin Ten pfennig, Deutsche Demokratische Republik.
81 1972.0011 Print, photographic Babylonian tablet of bills. Color: CR,BR
82 1991.48.0016 Coin Date not readable. Statue of Liberty on front.
83 1995.18.0025 Coin Side a. Stamped onto coin: 1994, Bank Indonesia, image of an eagle. Side b. Stamped onto coin: Rp 25, image of fruit, Bush Pala. Color: SL
84 2001.0021 Picture Framed print of a toddler staring at a dog, possibly a collie. Both are on a cobbletone ground outside a building. A cat is peeking around the door frame of the building. Toddler is wearing a loose white gown. Dog is brownish white, and the cat is a gray striped tabby. Frame of picture is dark wood. Color: BR,WH,YL
85 UNIM1990.5.0021 Stocking Adolescents' lisle hose. Knitted; fashion stitching in toes and heels. Color: WH UNIM1990.5.0021 (Stocking) image
86 1978.37.7.0007 Coin Fourth century A. D.
87 UNIM1986.14.1980.19.0004 Shoe Platform sole pump with ankle strap & buckle. Baby doll style toe; low cut vamp. 3 1/4" straight heel. Tear-shaped decorative cut-outs near buckle and at center front in throat area. Sketch on catalog sheet. a&b. Color: CR
88 1969.39.0019 Box, ice cream Wax coated. White lettering on blue background with flowers. Lid has outside band in blue; lettering is blue and blue-green. a. Container. b. Lid.
89 1992.4.0003 Textbook "School History of the United States," by William Swinton. 334 pp. Color: BK,WH
90 1995.21.0251 Transparency, slide Haifa, Israel harbor and Valley of Zebulon. From above. Shows city below, and harbor at rear. Color: ML
91 UNIM1986.14.1981.3.0166 Scarf Traingle shaped scarf; 23" x 23" x 33". Worn around neck and ties in front. Souviner scarf with white states trimmed around edge of states in green and white writing of names of states on brown background. Triangle shape. Sketch on catalog sheet. Color: BN, GR, WH
92 UNIM1994.13.0074 Hat Ball at top is wine, top of hat going down is wine, gray, wine, and gray at bottom, colors match sweater # 71 Color: RD, GY
93 1971.11.30.0002 Ornament, dress Oval shaped, with bar across the middle. Worked metal. Color: SL
94 1988.35.0019 Sign "STATE COLLEGE OF IOWA, CEDAR FALLS"; round. SCI.
95 1993.24.0228 Card, Christmas Postcard with front showing design of holly and bells and a poem. Back reads in pencil "To Frances Barck from Bernice Nelson." Color: ML
96 1995.21.0505 Transparency, slide Crops. Aerial view. Color: ML
97 UNIM1994.14.0196 Blanket Infant Bedding blanket, white with pink, blue, and green floral print, wider stripe has blue pink and green floral design, the narrow strip has small blue flowers only, rounded corners, every other wide stripe revereses in direction (no top or bottom to blanket) Color: WH PK BL GR
98 UNIM1986.14.1984.6.0008 Pattern Butterick #1648; girl's empire dress, 25" bust (8 yr.). 20 cents.
99 1989.22.0038 Engraving Studer Pl. CVII, print of Pacific fulmar, Rodger's fulmar, Slender-billed fulmar, Cinereous puffin, Dusky puffin, Wandering puffin, Pintato petrel, Wilson's petrel, Flesh-footed puffin, Blacktailed puffin, Sooty puffin, Manks puffin, Blackvented puffin, Dark Bodied puffin, Slender-billed puffin, Black-capped petrel, and Least hawk. Colored. Color: ML
100 1972.56.3.0002 Bolt For plaque, # Heads are round. a. and b.