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Sculptures on Campus

This guide identifies research strategies and resources available within University Archives and Rod Library about sculptures on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Searching within University Archives

University Archives is home to a wide variety of items that provide documentary evidence of activities on this campus over time. The holdings range from textual documents like letters, reports, newspapers, yearbooks, and meeting minutes to photographs, audio and video recordings, blueprints and landscape drawings, and some artifacts.

 Archives are generally organized not by topic, but by creator and/or by institutional structure. Therefore, when searching for information about sculptures on campus, it is important to think broadly about the context of the sculptures. What do you know about who created it? Why does it exist on UNI's campus? Who was responsible for bringing it here? When was it constructed?

To start, I recommend searching IndexUNI for specific sculptures, artists, and faculty. See the Find Books and Articles tab in this guide for detailed information about this. Using articles from the campus newspaper, alumni newsletter, etc, you can begin answering some basic contextual information about different sculptures. Take note of key people, groups, and dates, as this will be useful as you search. 

Then, using that information, you can begin searching within University Archives using the classification schedule.  You can search using the search box near the top of the page, and you can browse the record groups and dig into specific finding aids. Clicking on the small triangle on the left side of each record group listed will expand the group so you can see the sub-series of a given group. Again, it is important to think broadly about the context because it is unlikely that a sculpture title will appear in the description within the classification schedule. For example:

  • Consider who had leadership roles on campus during the time a sculpture was installed
  • Look for records from a specific year or era
  • Consider whether any committees or student organizations were involved with the decision
  • Look for records from particular colleges, departments, centers, or committees

This will help you dig into faculty papers, committee records, and other materials that can shed light on the sculptures on campus.

Some specific samples with relevant information about sculptures and artwork on campus are below: