Upper Iowa University Archives

The Archives holds original primary source materials such a correspondence, business files, photographs and artifacts from the University and the University community. Upper Iowa University first opened its doors in Fayette, Iowa in January 1857, just a decade after Iowa was granted statehood in December 1846. Upper Iowa University has a strong physical and online presence on the Fayette Campus, U.S., Military, and International Centers.

Using the Archives: The Archives is open to everyone who is interested in learning more about Upper Iowa University, our community in Fayette and around the world, our students, and alumni. To learn more about using the Archives or information on making material or monetary donations to the archives or to schedule a visit, visit our About the Archives page, or contact the Archivist, Janette Garcia garciaj26@uiu.edu, (563) 425-5722.

The University

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 the Fayette campus to learn more about this historical campus and our alumni. 

Sculpture Tour on the Fayette campus 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 the present day.

Archival Collections

UIU Collegian Archive Issues (1883-2010) is the 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: works best when using Mozilla Firefox.

UIU Collegian Current Issues

Peacock Proud Pages

Online archives and museum. If you can't make it to campus to see what we have, browse our online photographs and displays here.

Stories: quips, quotes, and short stories submitted by current and former students and friends of proud peacocks collected by the Archives.

Oral histories help capture the unwritten history of the University. View oral histories with past alumni, staff, and coaches, or learn more about how you can become involved in collecting our history.