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Dada Covers

Identifier: MsC0909

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Scope and Contents

For many years the Libraries removed and discarded dust jackets as books were processed into the collections, although since the 1990s jackets have remained with the books and allowed to circulate. Over time, the jackets tend to become worn and tattered, although many remain in surprisingly pristine condition for decades.

Since the dust jackets on books related to Dada often illustrate or illuminate the subject or thesis of the book, a decision was made around 2000 to retain the jackets permanently in a collection separate from the books themselves. This collection was originally arranged in order by the call number assigned to the book. However, as the collection was added to, and finally completed in 2017, it was decided that each box would be alphabetized by title for easier patron browsing. It notes only the title -- not publisher, place of publication, call number, or date, all information that can be found in the InfoHawk record.


  • Creation: 1900-2000


  • Dada (Organization)

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


3.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Dust jackets from books in the Dada collection at the University of Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

As new books come in and are processed the covers are removed. The decision was made to keep the Dada covers in a separate collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)