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Alumni and Former Students Vertical File Collection

Identifier: RG01.0015.001

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Scope and Contents

The Alumni and Former Students Vertical File Collection of the University of Iowa Archives consist of records pertaining to over 500 former University students. The files may include, but are not limited to, obituaries and newspaper articles. These records are collected continuously, and new files are created from these newspaper articles. The collection is a convenient source of biographical information about University of Iowa alumni and former students. Each entry below represents a folder pertaining to that particular individual.To access a folder in our reading room, note the title of the desired folder and the name and RG number of this collection, then contact staff in the Department of Special Collections with your request.


  • Creation: 1860-
  • Creation: 1930-


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


3.50 Linear Feet

Method of Acquisition

These materials were given to the University Archives by various donors on numerous occasions. Additions to the collection continue to accrue.

Related Materials

Related materials at the University of Iowa Archives include the University General Catalog collection. Released annually from 1855 to 1972 and biennially thereafter, the catalog includes lists of enrolled students from 1855 through the 1934-1935 academic year. The catalogs include lists of graduating students through the 1940-1941 year.

Many photographs of alumni are housed in the F.W. Kent Collection of Photographs. These photographs are dated approximately 1863 until 1958, with the bulk of them dated in the late 1800s. In some instances, there are larger collections of papers in the Department of Special Collections pertaining to the individual. For example, Nile Kinnick is represented not only by a folder in this collection, but also by the Papers of Nile C. Kinnick.

The Hawkeye yearbooks, published annually until 1992, contain student portraits and information about student activities. No Hawkeye annuals were published for the years 1973-1976, although freshman yearbooks exist for a portion of this period.

The Office of Alumni Records maintains official graduation and degree information about all UI alumni. To submit a request for information, contact the Office at

Denise Anderson, December 2004; revised December 2006.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242