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Release: Jan. 14, 2002
Old Capitol memories revived by Libraries exhibition
Left photo: A section view from the UI Department of Grounds and Buildings
of the Old Capitol Building dated June 1940.
Right photo: A renewal receipt of $5,000 dated 1863 showing insurance
coverage of the Old Capitol Building by the New England Fire & Marine
Insurance Co. of Hartford.
IOWA CITYFor more than 160 years, the Old Capitol building has meant
different things to different people: a place to celebrate or mourn, a place
to protest or play. A University of Iowa Libraries' special collections department
exhibition on the Old Capitol reprises some of those memories by presenting
1940s era restorative dome blueprints, pictures and other memorabilia that
reflect the building's significance to the campus community.
David McCartney, university archivist and libraries staff member Denise
Anderson compiled the free and public exhibition that shows how the Old Capitol
was used as a symbolic and meaningful part of the university. Among the archival
quality items featured in the glass-enclosed display cases are a 1923 Old
Capitol general lighting blueprint produced around the time of the first great
restoration project, memorial badges, and an 1863 New England Fire and Marine
insurance certificate showing $5,000 indemnification of the building and grounds.
The 1940 blueprints of the dome, which include specific measurements of
the exterior columns, supporting joists, and other measurements, might include
details of the building unavailable elsewhere and that recently hired architects
will need to review and replace the structure destroyed by fire last November.
Photographs from three separate memorial services held there for Abraham
Lincoln on April 19, 1865; John F. Kennedy on November 25, 1963; and Martin
Luther King, Jr. on April 9, 1968, are poignant reminders of the Old Capitol
as a place for community reflection.
The displayed materials were culled from the university archives and private
collections. The exhibition runs from now until mid-March. It is open to the
public and is located on the third floor of the Main Library from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is visible from the public corridor on weekends
For more information, contact the special collections department at (319)