Tate Archives & Special Collections
"kNOw records, kNOw history"

Spring Hours 2014

M-F: 9am-12pm

Other times by appointment

Email: archives@iwu.edu

Phone: 309-556-1535

Location: 4th Floor of The Ames Library


Our collections are available for use by our campus and wider community. In Tate Archives and Special Collections, patrons have the assistance of University Archivist Meg Miner to help with research.

How do you know if we have what you need? Check out our Archives page (containing University History), or our Special Collections page  (holding old, aromatic books).

If you aren't sure if we have what you're searching for, email us at archives@iwu.edu or call (309) 556-1535 for more information.

We rely on the generosity of donors to build our research and special collections. If you have historically significant manuscripts, photographs, books, archival materials or other items that you believe would enhance our collections, please contact Meg Miner.

Acoma Animal Effigies

(Acoma Animal Effigies)

John Wesley Powell Collection

The Archives and Special Collections are not exclusively for academic research-- come in today to explore our collections!

 We prepared a brief slideshow about our services and archival collections, and a more detailed page for archives and special collections.

Here are some links to get you started:

A page with tips and links for researching IWU history.

A blog for highlighting the Tate Archives and Special Collections.

But you don't have to stay online to explore, come in today to learn more about your University History and other Collections!


Do you enjoy reading student publications like Tributaries or The Argus ? Are you part of a Registered Student Organization?

We have almost fifty student publications in the Archives, beginning in 1870. If you don't see documents on your organization in Digital Commons or the Archives, contribute some!


This department is named in honor of Catherine and Robert Tate, long-time supporters of the University. Mrs. Tate's grandmother was Caroline Rupert (a former School of Nursing Chair). Mr. Tate was a graduate of the University of Chicago.


This service is maintained by The Ames Library. Please contact us with any problems or suggestions.

Last revised: January 11, 2014