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Oct. 13, 2005

UI Libraries Exhibit Celebrates United Nations' 60th Anniversary

The University of Iowa Libraries will host an exhibit of items from its United Nations depository collection to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The exhibit will run from Oct. 17 to 29 in the Government Publications Reading Room on the third floor of the Main Library. A reception for the exhibit will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

The UI Libraries has been a U.N. depository since 1968, and it has a full collection of materials dating to the organization's founding in 1945, according to Brett Cloyd, Documents Librarian. The UI Libraries also provide staff research assistance for those who use the collection.

"These primary source materials provide students, faculty and other researchers with an insight to the relations between countries, as well as the events and activities within countries other than our own," said Cloyd. "Reports from the field in Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Indonesia, El Salvador, Afghanistan and Iraq, among others, help provide a more diverse and illuminating picture of current and historical events in our world. Students have greatly benefited from access to this information."

The United Nations is also an active collector of statistics and treaties among nations and plays an important role as a facilitator between its more than 190 member countries.

"At a time both of globalization and increased polarization on issues of the day, materials in the U.N. collection can help shape and form an understanding of the debates in a broader context," Cloyd said. "We will be featuring materials on Human Rights, the Environment, Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the Millennium Development Goals to highlight key parts of the collection."

Information about the Libraries' United Nations exhibit can be found online at For more information, contact Brett Cloyd at (319) 335-5743 or by email at

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