When you first came to The University of Iowa, you likely heard the name Ida Beam. You may have even attended a lecture or workshop given by an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. And once you’d heard the name a few times, it became, along with Cambus and Pentacrest, just part of the UI vernacular.
But perhaps the question lingers: who is Ida Beam?
A tiny collection of books held in Special Collections is dwarfed by the library's other five million volumes. These 4,500 itsy-bitsy books are “miniatures.” From pocket-size to micro-miniature, most books in the collection were donated by one person, Charlotte M. Smith. The gift inspired others to add to the collection. Visitors may get an up-close look at the miniatures in Special Collections on the third floor of UI Main Library.
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