University Archives


Drake University to Receive Senator Tom Harkin’s Papers, Create Public Policy Institute in Harkin’s Name

Friday, May 24, 2013

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin announced today that he plans to transfer and eventually donate historical papers and materials from 40 years of service in the U.S. Congress to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa when his current Senate term is concluded. The Senator’s papers will be housed in the newly created Drake University Archives in Cowles Library and will be made available for research purposes. Read more

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Drake University Announce Partnership to Enhance Access to Governor Ray’s Papers
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

“The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Drake University today announced a new partnership that will provide enhanced access to former Governor Robert D. Ray’s papers. The partnership will allow for a significant portion of the papers to be on loan at the Drake University Archives, along with being able to begin the digitization process.” Read More

Work is underway on the Drake University Archives. This project will create a climate-controlled, high-density, archival quality collection space on the west side of the 2nd floor of Cowles Library. Scheduled for completion early in the Fall 2013, this space also includes associated offices, research space and a new general study area at the south end of the second floor west side.

In order to support high-density/high-efficiency shelving, the second floor’s floor slab must be reinforced. This extends the project area on to the first floor’s west side. A small, temporary computer lab will replace the current lab during the summer.

The second floor west was filled with books. These books are being moved to the ground floor, east side, taking the space formerly occupied by Current Periodicals. The Current Periodicals have moved to the compact shelving on the west side of Ground floor and will be integrated with the older “Bound Periodicals” into a single Periodicals Collection during the fall semester.

See the project chronology and photos here!

Architect's drawing of the entry to the new University Archives

Architect’s drawing of the entry to the new University Archives