FORTEPAN IOWA is a digital archive that features curated photos taken by ordinary Iowans over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The photos represent the personal, whimsical, poetic, significant, and accidentally artistic moments of everyday Iowa life, and tell a rich story of Iowa’s great diversity and complexity.
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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and the natural environment, a philosophy called organic architecture.
Over many years, Carl Thurman, a biology professor at the University of Northern Iowa, has compiled a collection of approximately 420 photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright structures. All photographs were taken by Carl Thurman who has designated a Creative Commons 4.0 attribution license to each photo. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the original work as long as they credit Carl Thurman for the original creation. The photographs in the image gallery are sorted by state and then by the William Storrer inventory number. For more information about Frank Lloyd Wright structures, see the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
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Laboratory schools are unique and began as a concept in experimental education around the turn of the twentieth century. John Dewey, a philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer, started the first laboratory school in conjunction with the University of Chicago. Lab schools can include various grade levels, but all have a connection to a college or university.
UNI's lab school experience also began in the late 1800s with the model school idea. Central Hall housed the classroom originally. By 1914, Sabin Hall was the location for the lab school. In 1950, construction began on the building we now know as Malcolm Price Laboratory School, named after President Malcolm Price who was instrumental in planning the building. The building was completed in 1957, and has been fulfilling its roles of educating elementary through high school students, and providing a real-world experience for university education students. The photos in this collection show the extraordinary range of these roles.
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Students in the Three-Dimensional Concepts first-year art course partnered with a local non-profit, the Waterloo Writing Project (WWP), to create short films based on the writings of the k-12 WWP participants. The mutual goals for the instructor and WWP included giving voice to area youth and connecting college students to the community. All participants explored and reflected upon the importance of community engagement and citizenship by acknowledging their similarities and differences through creative lenses.
Participants from both groups generated ideas through shared journal exercises that the youth writers then used as inspiration for their written works. University art students created short, stop-motion films based on the writers' works using the library’s Digital Media Hub. A faculty-coordinated hip-hop literacy group made up of area youth created the soundtrack for one of the films, providing another level of campus-community collaboration.
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This website provides a virtual tour of an archive of suffrage postcards gathered by Catherine Palczewski, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. It is meant to provide a resource for scholars researching the visual images associated with the struggle for woman suffrage in both the United States and Great Britain. These images have been collected by Catherine Palczewski and her partner, Arnie Madsen, PhD, over the last 15 years. Feel free to use these images for non-commercial purposes, but please remember to provide attribution by indicating where you found these images.
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The Rod Library has held several Mini Comic Cons, 2014 through 2016. The event is held in the spring and is free and open to the public. The goal is to provide an open forum for discussion about the theme of a networked society focused on popular culture, comics, and gaming. The panel presentations are also focused on providing a forum for discussion about the complex issues of race, gender, class and social justice in popular entertainment.
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