Iowa State Special Collections & University Archives new online public catalog

Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives is excited to share the completion of a National Historical Publications & Records Commission grant project. The two-year project, “Modern Tools for Modern Research: Migrating Old Finding Aids to a New AMS,” involved migrating legacy finding aids from Microsoft Word and HTML files to a new archives management system, which includes a public catalog to search our archival collections. The public catalog, CARDinal, is now available for use here.

Special Collections and University Archives is home to Iowa State University Library’s rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records and other historical documents. Our collection covers a large range of areas, including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, engineering, technology, and Iowa State University history.

Additionally, we’ve created internal manuals for using SKCA which are available to other institutions looking to take on a similar project.

Please visit CARDinal, and send any questions or comments to