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Who is Ida Beam? Get to know the person behind the familiar name

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?



Photo feature: Reading the fine print in Special Collections

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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