Old Gold Story Archive

David McCartney

In Old Gold, University archivist David McCartney looks back at the UI's history and tradition through materials housed in University Archives, Department of Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.

  • UI Virus Expert Paved the Way for Today's VaccineIowa Magazine, Spring 2021
    Virologist Richard Shope helped discover the cause of the 1918 flu and lay the groundwork for life-saving vaccinations.
  • Remembering the Hawkeye Football Player Who Broke the Color BarrierIowa Magazine, Winter 2020-21
    A University of Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame nomination renews recognition for Frank "Kinney" Holbrook, the university's first African American football player.
  • Darwin Turner, Pioneer of African American StudiesIowa Magazine, Fall 2020
    A University of Iowa Libraries collection honors the life of a former professor who helped build the field of African American studies at Iowa and nationwide.
  • UI's Rare Papers, Recordings Offer Glimpse into Civil Rights StruggleIowa Newsletter, July 2020
    Hear audio recordings of Fannie Lou Hamer, Stokely Carmichael, and other pioneering activists from the Special Collections archive
  • Iowa's Last Big PandemicIowa Magazine, Summer 2020
    Library records tell the story of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic on the University of Iowa campus.
  • Remembering Iowa's First Earth Day, 50 Years LaterIowa Newsletter, April 2020
    In April 1970, UI students and faculty joined campuses around the nation to address an escalating crisis: a dying Earth.
  • WSUI Radio Marks a Century on the AirIowa Magazine, Spring 2020
    WSUI is one of the oldest continuously operating radio stations in the U.S. and considered the first educational radio station west of the Mississippi.
  • The Road to Voting Rights and RespectIowa Magazine, Winter 2019-20
    On the centennial of the 19th Amendment, Old Gold reflects on the U.S. suffrage movement.
  • A Farewell to Seashore HallIowa Newsletter, November 2019
    The longtime multipurpose building served as the university's first teaching hospital.
  • Duke Slater the Hawkeye Trailblazer - Iowa Magazine, Fall 2019
    A new sculpture in Kinnick Stadium honors an Iowa legend, whose pioneering spirit stretched from the football field to the courtroom.
  • How Iowa Research Made the Moon Landing Possible - Iowa Newsletter, July 2019
    Before they could make one giant leap for mankind, Apollo 11's astronauts had to fly through the radiation belts discovered by James Van Allen.
  • Slaughterhouse-Five Turns 50 - Iowa Magazine, Summer 2019
    Kurt Vonnegut's best-selling novel, written at Iowa, continues to resonate with readers a half-century since its release.
  • Nature Comes to the Archives- Iowa Newsletter, May 2019
    A newly arrived collection of journals and newsletters in the archives details the early days of Iowa's state parks.
  • And the Beat Goes On - Iowa Newsletter, April 2019
    A University Archives recording preserves the 1966 visit by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a key figure from the Beat movement.
  • A Scholar's Quest for Academic Freedom - Iowa Magazine, Spring 2019
    The UI provides a safe haven for a philosopher's career to flourish
  • Religious Studies' Long Association with the UI - Iowa Newsletter, February 2019
    The UI is home to the nation's longest-standing Department of Religious Studies at a public university.
  • Mystery in the Stacks- Iowa Magazine, Winter 2018
    Old Gold uncovers the truth behind the blood-signed papers in the university archives.
  • How a Cultural Landmark Was Born - Iowa Newsletter, November 2018
    Looking back at the African-American Cultural Center's roots as it turns 50.
  • Answering the Call - Iowa Newsletter, October 2018
    A century ago, a UI engineering professor built bridges in Iowa City and on the battlefields of Europe.
  • Herky Turns 70 - Iowa Magazine, Fall 2018
    Fall festivities will honor Iowa's top hawk.
  • Keepers of the Flame - Iowa Newsletter, July 2018
    About two dozen colleges and universities have folded in Iowa's history. By law, their records have been preserved by the University of Iowa.
  • Paying it Forward - Iowa Newsletter, June 2018
    Waning state support presents challenges for today's students, but there's a way older generations of Hawkeyes can help.
  • What's in a Name? - Iowa Newsletter, April 2018
    For the University of Iowa, lots of history and a little confusion.
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