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Sesquicentennial Celebration Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 0/11/8

Scope and Content

The collection (2004-2009, undated) includes committee minutes, correspondence, artifacts, printed materials, news clippings, posters, and reports. The committee minutes and correspondence details the work of the Sesquicentennial Implementation Committee. These documents document the planning that took place to make the celebration a success. News clippings contain items published about sesquicentennial activities and publicity for events. Materials related to various events affiliated with the sesquicentennial are included such as VEISHEA programs, Extension service project reports, Morrill Act exhibit information, and Morrill Hall rededication ceremony programs. Printed materials include the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences “150 Points of Pride” booklet, commemorative timeline booklets, and copies of the “Sesquicentennial Report.”

The most complete collection of materials related to the sesquicentennial celebration are contained in the five notebooks titled, “Final Report of ISU’s 150th Celebration.” These notebooks were assembled by Tahira Hira, Carole Custer, and Breck Breitsprecher and document nearly every event and project carried out during the sesquicentennial celebration. Materials in the notebooks include copies of news articles about the celebration and related events, images and programs from events, copies of souvenirs and artifacts with the sesquicentennial logo, committee meeting minutes and correspondence, DVD videos and slideshows, and print outs of web pages publicizing sesquicentennial events. The notebooks also include short narratives and background information provided by Hira, Custer, and Breitsprecher to help identify and clarify some of the activities surrounding the planning of the celebration. Copies of the book A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa State University: Tradition and Transformation (call no. LD2547 S47 2007) can be found by searching the Library catalog.

Dates

  • 2004-2009, undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Iowa State University, founded on March 22, 1858, marked the sesquicentennial anniversary (150th year) of its founding with a year-long, university-wide celebration. Starting with kick-off events held during VEISHEA 2007, the celebration continued throughout the following twelve months, culminating with concluding ceremonies held during VEISHEA 2008.

The planning for Iowa State University’s Sesquicentennial (150th) Celebration was officially started in 2004 when President Gregory Geoffroy charged Tahira Hira, Executive Assistant to the President, with directing the planning of the university-wide celebration. That spring, the Initial Sesquicentennial Planning Committee was formed under the co-chairs of Roger Baer and Paul Lasley.

With initial planning underway and with the support of the administrative team of Tahira Hira, Carole Custer, and Breck Breitsprecher, members of the academic and administrative units of the university were invited to join in the formation of a new committee which would coordinate the upcoming celebration. The Sesquicentennial Implementation Committee, again chaired by Roger Baer and Paul Lasley, first met in January 2006 and began the task of organizing the university-wide celebration, coordinating the plans of the individual campus units, and providing leadership to the different units in the university’s sesquicentennial kick-off at VEISHEA 2007.

One of the first events marking the upcoming celebration was the publication of a new book, A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa State University: Tradition and Transformation. The book, published in February 2007 and edited by Dorothy Schweider and Gretchen Van Houten, was an anthology that explored in detail many of the exciting developments that took place at Iowa State University during the previous seven decades. The book had a lot of historical ground to cover as the only other book written on the institutional history of Iowa State was written by Earle Ross in 1942.

Extent

3.44 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 2 records center cartons, and 1 map case folder)

Abstract

Iowa State University, founded on March 22, 1858, marked the sesquicentennial anniversary (150th year) of its founding with a year-long, university-wide celebration. Starting with kick-off events held during VEISHEA 2007, the celebration continued throughout the following twelve months, culminating with concluding ceremonies held during VEISHEA 2008. The collection (2004-2009, undated) includes committee minutes, correspondence, artifacts, printed materials, news clippings, posters, and reports. The most complete collection of materials related to the sesquicentennial celebration are contained in the five notebooks titled, “Final Report of ISU’s 150th Celebration.” The notebooks document nearly every event and project carried out during the sesquicentennial celebration.

Arrangement

The collection is organized Alphabetically with news clippings at the front.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 0/11/8. Sesquicentennial Celebration Collection
Date
January 22, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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