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Archives and Special Collections: Collections Spotlight

A quick guide to understanding and using DMU's archives and special collections.

Our Collections


Group of women in nursing uniforms captioned "Des Moines General Hospital Training School May 26th 1919"

Our collection includes hundreds of photographs and images from the very beginning of the institution in 1898 to today.

Personal Papers

A row of archival boxes labeled "Personal Papers"

We have about 12 linear feet of personal papers donated by various individuals connected with the university. Among these are two boxes of papers from the Still family.

Student Life

Front cover of the Delta Omega ritual book.

Documents and ephemera related to student life include Greek life memorabilia, scrap books, trophies, and certificates.


Elizabeth Wagoner's diploma from the Still College of Osteopathy from 1909.

We have several oversized parchment diplomas dating from the early 1900's, some of which were presented to female students.

Ask the Archivist!

If you are interested in any materials, please make an appointment with our librarian by contacting or 515-271-1537.

Phone: 515-271-1537