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Release: Nov. 20, 2002
UI Libraries puts Old Capitol history exhibit online
online exhibit of historical items featuring images of the Old Capitol has
been created by the UI Libraries' department of special collections in time
for the one- year anniversary of the fire that consumed the beloved building's
The exhibit can be found at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/exhibits/oldcapitol/.
The images it contains are mostly the same as those that were on display in
a physical exhibit in the main library last winter that was developed shortly
after the fire. University Archivist David McCartney and Denise Anderson,
archives assistant, gathered the items for the exhibit and later converted
the images for use on the Internet with the help of Dan Stout, a Libraries
"It's just a small sampling of the items we have in our archives that
feature an image of Old Capitol," McCartney said. "It's not intended
to be comprehensive."
Among the items on virtual display are a photo from the university's memorial
service for Abraham Lincoln in 1865 that shows Old Capitol in the middle of
an otherwise empty field ("the landscape has changed significantly,"
said McCartney), numerous photos and drawings done throughout the building's
history, and a collection of commencement brochures, Homecoming buttons, and
other printed memorabilia featuring the Old Capitol's image.
McCartney said the exhibit will stay online indefinitely, although it will
be updated as the building's restoration continues.