The Iowa Ornithologists' Union Library/Historical Committee leads efforts, on behalf of all Union members, to manage, preserve, ensure open access to, and promote the wide use of records that support information needs and document the history, events, and peoples of our Union. We strive for comprehensive, equitable, and accessible documentation of our present, past, and future through innovative partnerships and state of the art approaches.
Archived records containing many of the Union's historical records are available for viewing on site ONLY (see physical location below).
Listing of the items and documents in the collections may be viewed on the following links:
The Iowa Ornithologists' Union archive is located in the Special Collections Department, Room 403 of the Parks Library at Iowa State University.
Special Collections Department Information:
The mailing address is:
Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140
You may contact them by phone at (515) 294-6672 or by FAX at (515) 294-5525.
You are also welcome to e-mail them: archives AT iastate.edu or spclref AT iastate.edu
Their hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m., or by special appointment. For more information concerning resources and services in the Department, please call (515) 294-6672.
Library/Historical Committee By-Laws
The Library/Historical Committee also manages an on-line photo gallery documenting the people of the organization over the years. IOU Members have many avenues available where they can display their outstanding bird photography. But, up until recently, members did not have a public place where images of IOU members, meetings or field trips, etc. could be stored and shared. Images of the just held Annual Meeting or the BBA Block Busting Field Trip are recent history. But, ten or twenty years from now, faces change, people move, people die and memories fade. The Historical/Archive Committee, working with web master Ann Johnson, have set up an account with Flickr to preserve our corporate memory so that anyone can view, but only IOU members can add to the collection. Our Flickr site allows us to view our history from anywhere in the world without the need of visiting our archives in Ames. Remember, this site is only as good as what our members contribute. To obtain access to upload your photos, please use our Contact Us form.
The committee members are listed below. Click on any person to send a message to that individual.