Drake Digital Collections
Cowles Library presents Drake University's Yearbook, The Quax. Using optical character recognition software (OCR), we have been able to create searchable transcripts for all the yearbooks. What does that mean? It means you can now keyword search several decades of Drake University's history.
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In 1884, two students, three faculty members and an alumnus joined together to produce Drake University's first student newspaper, the Drake Delphic. Over the past 125+ years, the students of Drake have continued to publish a newspaper, documenting news and events for the Drake and Des Moines communities. Cowles Library has a nearly …
The Historic Des Moines collection gives a glimpse of Des Moines, Iowa as it entered the 20th century. This was a period of substantial growth for the city, and a time when Des Moines was growing away from its origins as an outpost in the West. The collection was created by scanning images from the original sources held by the Special …
The Johnny Bright Story: Dirty Play Caught on Film.
The intentional slugging of Drake halfback Johnny Bright at a game at Oklahoma A&M in 1951 caused repercussions in the intercollegiate athletics world and brought changes in rules and equipment.
In 1910, perhaps 100 fans witnessed the first Drake Relays. This event grew from a dirt track on the outskirts of a fledgling Des Moines to become one of the premier track and field competitions in the country. This collection showcases the history of the Drake Relays through hundreds of images, documents and articles.
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The purpose of the Drake Digital Collections is to collect, digitize, and preserve important stories of Drake University's 125-year history.
Photographs, articles and other materials have been scanned and oral histories from eye witnesses have been recorded. These materials have been made availalbe online to reach the largest possible audience.
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Digital Projects Librarian