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Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections projects catalog and preserve physical items in the Library. Most collections are unique to Drake and cannot be found elsewhere.

eScholarShare

eScholarShare is the scholarly repository of Drake University. Faculty and student publications, including theses and dissertations, are made available to researchers around the world.

Heritage Collections

The purpose of the Drake Heritage Collections is to collect, digitize, and preserve important stories of Drake University’s 125-year history.

Ding Darling

Ding Darling

From the Class of 1912

From the Class of 1912

Looking for Ernest Tomlin

Looking for Ernest Tomlin

Drake Bands

Drake Bands

Historic Des Moines

Historic Des Moines

The Johnny Bright Story

The Johnny Bright Story

Drake Relays Digital Archive

Drake Relays Digital Archive

Women Remember Drake

Women Remember Drake

Cowles Family Publishing Legacy

Cowles Family Publishing Legacy

Dr. Morehouse & Astronomy at Drake

Dr. Morehouse & Astronomy at Drake

Building A Modern Campus

Building A Modern Campus

Drake University Yearbooks

Drake University Yearbooks

Student Newspapers (Times-Delphic)

Student Newspapers | The Times-Delphic

New Digital Collection – 50 Years of Periphery

In the Spring of 1963 Drake students put together the first issue of a new publication dedicated to literature and poetry. Over the years this journal has expanded to include art and design. To commemorate 50 years of continuous publication of this unique and celebrated publication, Cowles Library has digitized our holdings of the journal. [...]

Check out Drakeapedia

“Drake-apedia” – It’s not just a funny sounding word. Drakeapedia is a student-created wiki highlighting Drake’s rich history. Here you will find entries about campus buildings, notable faculty and alumni, various organizations and time-honored traditions. First developed as an FYS (first-year seminar) course in the fall of 2010, “Drakeapedia: Building a Living Archive,” this seminar was [...]

Find it at Cowles – Drake Biography Files

  Cowles Library has long been the home of numerous biography files on a combination of Drake faculty, alumni, and administrators. In August 2010, Cowles Library began archiving these files for researchers, as well as preserving them for future generations. The approximately 3,360 files in this project have now all been archived. Every name has [...]

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Collier Heritage Room

Located on the second floor and adjacent to the Reading Room, the James Collier Heritage Room provides a venue for the exhibition of materials relating to either upcoming special events in the library or to the rich heritage of Drake University.

50 Years of Periphery
Periphery is a journal focusing on literature, poetry, and art.
Since 1963, students at Drake have produced this unique publication. Occasionally using a variety of unconventional forms and materials (including cardboard, plastic, rubber bands and even a metal bolt), the journal itself can often be discribed as a work of art. On display are some of the highlights of the last 50 years.

By special arrangement, and as the calendar permits, this space may be used for small student exhibitions. Please contact Jordan Flynn (x1936) for more information.

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