Iowa State University Special Collections documents the university and agricultural and rural life in Iowa, and Iowa 4-H fits with its mission. In addition to the records of 4-H Youth Development, the department houses the papers of several 4-H members and prominent 4-H leaders. Recently the family of Junior Eugene Ellis donated personal 4-H records, awards, news clippings and more from his 4-H years in the 1930s.
“The history of 4-H in Iowa can provide a glimpse into the life stories of thousands of youths growing up in rural Iowa,” said archivist Michele Christian. The department is interested in receiving record books, scrapbooks, photographs, audio and video recordings and other items related to Iowa 4-H.