Realia Collection

Rural School Realia
The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture and the UNI Museums have a diverse collection of objects documenting the history of Iowa’s rural schools. These items are available for viewing at the UNI Museums by appointment.

The collection includes the types of objects listed below. Additional artifacts are housed in the Marshall Center School on the UNI campus.

- Books, pamphlets, and portfolios designed for use by teachers
- Charts and maps
- Christmas, Valentine, and other greeting cards
- Hand-held bells
- Individual chalkboards
- Metal lunch boxes and buckets
- Music box cylinders and phonograph records
- Pencil cases
- Writing implements