Dating back to the arrival of its founders, Upper Iowa University has long possessed an extensive collection of documents, artifacts, and other memorabilia.
Archives Frequently Asked Questions
The Upper Iowa University Archives is located in the Henderson-Wilder Library at Fayette Campus. Select materials are digitized and made available online or on request. The Archives collects artifacts and documents, such as files, letters, maps, and photographs, relating to the history of Upper Iowa University and the broader University community from Fayette and Centers located across the United States and from around the world. Our purpose is to preserve and promote the history of the University and our community.
Anybody can use the UIU Archives. Assistance is available in person at Fayette Campus, or remotely via telephone or e-mail. When requesting assistance, it is best to provide as much information as possible such as what you are searching for, why you are looking, what information you already have, and what information you are seeking. If you can visit Fayette Campus, please contact the Archivist for an appointment before coming so that the appropriate materials are ready and we can ensure staff will be available to assist you. Our items are unique and many cannot be replaced if damaged, lost, or stolen. It is our goal to keep these documents safe for you and all future researchers. For this reason, we have guidelines and restrictions on use. Please read our Guidelines for User Access.
The UIU Archives collects records and artifacts relating to the history and culture of Upper Iowa University and the university community that have long term cultural or historical value. Not all materials are appropriate for the UIU Archives, and we encourage you to contact the archivist prior to making a donation to the Archives. If materials are accepted into the archives, you will be expected to sign a Deed of Gift to formally transfer the items to the Archives. Donated items are cleaned, organized, described and made available to UIU students, faculty, staff and outside researchers.
For general information on archival donations, see the Society of American Archivists A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository.
The UIU Archives is nonprofit. Preparing materials for use by researchers is the most expensive operation in a repository. Although financial gifts are rarely a prerequisite for the acceptance of a collection, donors who can also assist repositories with financial support are encouraged to do so. Donors’ financial gifts of cash, stocks, bonds or mutual funds can help the UIU Archives pay for the arrangement, cataloging and conservation of their donated personal materials. A donor may earmark financial gifts for immediate use by the UIU Archives or, to provide long term financial support, the donor may donate funds to establish an endowment. Gifts to an endowment are invested long term; income is disbursed annually from the endowment to provide financial support to maintain and preserve the archived materials. For additional information on making a monetary donation to the UIU Archives, please contact the Upper Iowa University Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Development.
If you have things at home you want to keep in good condition, visit the National Archives & Records Administration’s Caring for your Family Archives website. There are tips and information on how to keep your papers, photographs and other materials from deteriorating with age.
Foster Cass Archives Walk
Honors Foster Cass (Class of 1941) and his generosity in helping the University show the history and traditions of the past while building the future. Download the brochure and take a walk around Fayette Campus to learn more about this historical campus and our alumni.
The Fayette Campus Sculpture Tour broadens individual artistic appreciation and highlights the sculptures and landscaping brought to the campus through the generosity of Bill and Betty Andres (Class of 1948 and 1946 respectively).
University history timeline from 1854 to present day.
UIU Collegian Archive Issues
View archived issues (1883-2010) of UIU’s student newsletter. First established in 1883, it is the oldest continuously running campus newspaper west of the Mississippi. Back issues of the Collegian have been digitized and are available online, as well as The Triad, the student newspaper published from 1873 to 1876 and the Fayette Leader town newspaper from September 1970. Note: This page is best viewed using the Mozilla Firefox browser.
UIU Collegian (Current)
Review issues and stories of current editions of the UIU Collegian.
Do-It-Yourself Oral History
Because the UIU community may be found throughout the world, it may not always be feasible to come to campus for an on-site interview. If you are interested in recording your own memories about Upper Iowa University, consider completing a “do it yourself” oral history interview.
Please review the tips and guidelines below before recording your stories. Audio recordings are usually simpler, cheaper, and easier to produce and preserve than video recordings. If you are interested in conducting your own video oral history, please contact the archivist for guidelines.
Submit Your Oral History
- Choose a quiet location where you will not be interrupted by other people. Recording at home can sometimes present problems as there may be too many interruptions. If you are near a UIU center, ask to use one of their rooms when class is not in session. Other possibilities include small rooms in libraries or local community centers.
- Turn off all telephones.
- Make sure there are no distracting background noises such as radios, televisions, fans or traffic.
- Test your equipment. Do a test recording and listen to make sure everything is working properly. Have both the interviewer and interviewee speak, and make sure that all voices may be heard clearly.
- Keep the audio recording running through the entire session unless there will be a long break. Try not to say anything that you do not want recorded for prosperity!
- The interviewer should begin by stating:
- His / her name
- State that the recording is part of the Upper Iowa University Oral History Project.
- The interviewee should state his/her name, and maiden name if appropriate.
- The interviewer should then begin the interview by asking basic background questions:
- Where and when were you born?
- Where and when did you attend Upper Iowa University?
- What year did you graduate?
- What did you study?
- Where do you live now? (city, state, and country are sufficient)
Below are some suggested questions. Additional or follow-up questions may be asked depending upon the experiences and answers of the interviewee.
- What are some memorable events from UIU?
- Tell us about your favorite classes and professors at UIU.
- Tell us about your friends and activities at UIU.
- What was a typical day like?
- Why did you choose UIU?
- Did you work while you were at college?
- What influence did your family have on attending college?
- What did you do after you graduated?
- How did UIU help prepare you for life after college?
- Do you stay in contact with college friends? Tell us more about them.
- What would you tell current and future students at UIU?
- Answer the questions as if you are talking to someone who knows nothing about you or Upper Iowa University.
- Provide as many details and facts as possible. For example if you talk about a professor, give that professor’s name and subject taught.
- Spell out names when appropriate
- Remember the 5 W’s – who, what, where, when, and why
- If you make gestures, try to also repeat them in words. For example, instead of just saying “It was this long,” say “It was this long, about two feet”
Photographs and Documents (optional)
- Photographs, letters, and other documents or artifacts can help illustrate the story of your time at UIU, or especially memorable events afterwards. This is particularly important if you speak of these items during the interview. Send originals or copies of any items with your interview.
- Best option: send the originals to Archives.
- Second best option: Scan at a minimum of 600 dpi. Save as an uncompressed .tiff file.
- Third best option: Take a photograph with the highest quality available on your camera.
- Take photographs of the interviewee and interviewer before or after the interview. Send them in with the agreement form.
- Audio digital recorder, preferred settings are:
- Save to Uncompressed Waveform audio format (WAV). DO NOT save at reduced or lossy file formats such as MPEG or MP3 as these sacrifice quality over size.
- Bit depth at 24 bits per sample
- Sample rate at 96 KHz
- Sufficient memory, such as an SD memory card with 4 GB available. You do not want to lose a good story just because you ran out of memory!
- External microphone. Multi-directional microphones are best to clearly pick up the voices of both the interviewer and the interviewee.
- Make sure all equipment is charged. Plug it in if possible, or bring extra batteries.
We live in a keyword-search world. The more written documentation that can be provided about your oral history, the more likely it will be listened to by others. If you are interested in helping the Archives transcribe the oral history, please contact the archivist for additional information. The UIU Archives uses the Baylor University Institute for Oral History Style Guide: A Quick Reference for Editing Oral History Transcripts. Transcripts may be submitted after the initial oral history transfer. Note: transcription can be time-consuming. It takes an experienced transcriber approximately 5-6 hours to transcribe one hour of tape.
Contact the archivist for instructions on how to submit the oral history, agreement forms and any supporting documents.
- Send the Oral history record in WAV or other non-proprietary format
- Fill out and send the Oral History Interview Release Form. The Archives cannot accept any recordings without this signed form.
- Fill out and send the Oral History Interview Information Form.
- Photographs, letters, other documents or artifacts and accompanying Deed of Gift.
- Transcript (may be submitted at a later date).
Do you know someone we should interview? Submit their information through our UIU Archives and Oral Histories online form.
The Interview Release Form (1 page) provides the Archives with the right to release the oral history. It must be signed by both the interviewer and interviewee and submitted with the recording of the oral history in order for the archives to accept the materials.
The Interview Information Form (2 pages) provides the Archives additional information about the interviewee and topics discussed. The information on this form will be used to make the oral history more accessible, and may be used to create cataloging records, finding aids, and other written descriptions