UNI memorabilia collection

Collection Overview

Title: UNI memorabilia collection

Record Series: 25/06

Record Group:

25 - University Small Collections

Creator: University of Northern Iowa

Date: 1921-2021 

Extent: 12 boxes (9.33 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Contents of Box 10 were received from December 2013-February 2014

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Badges, Souvenirs, and Other UNI Regalia collection, 1921-   , Archives Record Series 00/04/03, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Scope and Content

The UNI memorabilia collection consists of items produced by the University of Northern Iowa for various events, occasions, student organizations, and more. Types of materials include pins, badges, ornaments, pens, magnets, etc. Please see the inventory for specific items.


Box 1 (Homecoming)

Iowa State Normal School Postcard, 1909

Iowa State Teachers College, Homecoming ribbon, October 29, 1921

Iowa State Teachers Homecoming badge, Beat Kansas State Teachers (undated) 

Iowa State Teachers Homecoming: Beat Kalamazoo (undated);

ISTC Homecoming badge: Go Panthers, 1955 (2 copies)

ISTC Homecoming badge, 1956 (2 copies)

ISTC Homecoming badge. 1957

Pantherville Homecoming badge, 1958 (3 copies)

UNI Homecoming badge, An Odyssey, 1969

UNI Homecoming badge. 1970

UNI Homecoming badge. Do you remember, 1977

UNI Homecoming badge. Fall into Fantasy. October 6, 1979

UNI Homecoming badge. Northern Lights, Oct. 6-9, 1983

UNI Homecoming badge, Panthermonium!, Sept. 20, 21, 22, 23, 1984

Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, Under the Big Top, 1988 

Northern Iowa Homecoming badge. Rock Around the Clock, 1989

Northern Iowa Homecoming, Field of Dreams, University of Nothing Impossible, 1990  (2 copies)

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, Showtime, 1992

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, Groovin’ 70’s style, 1994

Homecoming badge. Beach Party. 1995

UNI Homecoming badge, Come Together ( 1 copies) 1997

Homecoming badge. Panther Reign. 1998

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, Millennium of Memories, 1999 (2 copies)

University of Northern Iowa , If You Could See Us Now…, 125 years, Homecoming 2001 keychain

Surfin' UNI Homecoming 2002, September 30 - October 5, badge

Surfin' UNI Homecoming 2002, September 30 - October 5, magnet

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, Pump Up the Purple, 2008

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, UNI I am home at the Dome! 2011 (3 copies)

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, Throwback, 2012 (13 copies)

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge. Throwback. October 15-20, 2012 set (set includes: UNI Homecoming 2012 Schedule from CAB, Homecoming badge, and Sunglasses with UNI Homecoming)

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge. Campus Activities Board, 2012

University of Northern Iowa Homecoming badge, Purple Tie Affair, 2013 (4 copies)

UNI Homecoming badge, Students By Day, Panthers By Night, 2014 (11 copies)

UNI Homecoming magnet, Students By Day, Panthers By Night, Homecoming 2014

Once Upon a Time, University of Northern  Iowa, Homecoming 2015 badge

Unmask Your Spirit badge 2016 (4 copies)

Homecoming 2016 Unmask Your Spirit table tents (3 copies)

Panther Reign, Campaniling '98, badge

UNI Campaniling badge, 2014 (3 copies)

University of Northern Iowa Campaniling 2011 Badge

Panther Pride UNI Homecoming 2000 Magnet

Panthers Awaken, 2017 Homecoming, University of Northern Iowa badge (7 copies)

Make Safe Decisions. Panthers Awake. 2017 Homecoming. UNI Student Wellness Services. @UNI_WRC badge

University of Northern Iowa. Panthers.Awaken. UNI. Campaniling Homecoming 2017. (4 copies)

University of Northern Iowa. Campaniling Homecoming, 2018

CAB Homecoming Badge: Superhero with kiss on cheek

There's No Place Like Homecoming Badge: Oct. 15-21, University of Northern Iowa* (2018) (3 copies) 

Panthers Awaken 2017 Homecoming. UNI Campus Activities Popsocket  phone holder


Box 2

Founders Day badge, 1990 (2 copies)

Vote Your Voice, Briddell/Greiner for NISG President and Vice President badge, 2001-2002

Morse-Bentley on MyUniverse Feb. 27th-28th (NISG election) badge, 2007/2008

Trevor and Anthony badge, 2009

Vote! Rhonda and Adam badge, 2011-2012

Vote Jordan & Kaleigh badge, 2012-2013 (4 copies)  

Vote Jared & Tanner, February 24-25 in MyUniverse badge, 2015-16 (4 copies)

Katie & Renae badge, 2015

UNI CME badge. Yellow with purple hand doing peace sign. 

Same Struggle Different Difference badge. Black with four sections: I have a dream, gender symbol, International Symbol of Access, colors. (2 copies)

UNI CME badge. Purple with yellow and white hands circling the words "UNI CME". (Two copies).

UNI CME badge. Rainbow colored hands stretched across horizontally.

UNI Center for Multicultural Education badge. White with yellow and purple hands reaching toward the middle.

Medidor de Diversión (diversion meter). White with clock hand and scale; blue=min, yellow=med, red=max. 

NARAL Pro-Choice American badge. Purple with white letters: Trust Women Politicians Make Crappy Doctors.

Black History Month badge. Yellow with green, yellow, and red letters.

UNI Center for Multicultural Education badge. White with purple and yellow hands. uni.edu/cme.

Heart badge. Purple with yellow and white letters: I Thanked a Donor! We Are 1UNI.

UNI sorority badge. Purple with white polk-a-dots and gray and black letters: University of Northern Iowa Sorority Life. (2 copies)

UNI sorority badge. Purple with gray and black letters: University of Northern Iowa Sorority Life.(1 copies)

UNI Academic Learning Center badge. Yellow and Purple chevron with a panther and with black letters: National Tutor Appreciation Week 2015. 

Small earth day badge. White with green and blue foot print and green lettering: Earth Day Every day, Reduce Reuse Recycle.

Darwin Week badge.

Small Earth day badge. White with a tree.

Small badge. Purple with blue design and white letters: Kids + Arts. 

Small pin in the shape of the earth. Through the middle in Red: One Child at a Time. Across the top in blue: Teachers Change the world. Three children in the middle. On the back: 1999 reallygoodstuff.com and phone number.

UNI dad button distributed by Miller’s Shoes of Cedar Falls

UNI Museums Volunteers bring BIG things to the Cedar Valley button

Same Struggle, Different Difference badge

I study abroad badge

Certified to Change the World, UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance with web address and QR code (2 copies)

Purple and gold UNI lapel pin shaped like the state of Iowa, (4 copies)

Brass oblong Northern Iowa lapel pin with Panther image, (2 copies)

Purple and gold Lux lapel pin, sword with olive branches

Gold with purple University of Northern Iowa lapel pin with new UNI logo

Gold with blue UNI lapel pin, shaped like the Dome with the Panther

Purple with gold UNI lapel pin shaped like the Dome with the Panther (in case)

Purple with gold UNI Teacher Education lapel pin with flame, apple and books symbol

Lapel pins received from Clyde O. Ruggles (Class of 1906) (possibly from a Literary or Greek society), (3 pins in small gold cardboard box)

UNI Purple for Life badge, (3 copies)

UNI Purple for Life badge with ribbon celebrating UNI Purple Pride Day

UNI students for Gore badge, 2000

I am loved button, 2011

College of Education badge, with Marshall Center School

Staff member of the "New Look" Northern Iowan badge, c. 1970

Dickinson Relays badge

UNI Dance Marathon badge. #AM2DM. DM: I registered!

#WeStandByYou badge (4 copies)

#throwlightUNI badge (2 copies)

Sorority Life Compass UNI badge (2 copies)

Sexual Assault Awareness Week- Sigma Phi Epsilon badge 

Alpha Delta Pi since 1851 badge

Science at UNI badge (2 copies)

Proud to be and ALC employee- Academic Learning Center badge (2 copies)

I love UNI badge Unmask Your Spirit folded program (3 copies)

#throwlightUNI silicone bracelet- purple

"Vote Jamal Tristan, 2017-2018" badge (2 copies)

We're all heart on College Hill, badge

Vote Kaleigh Alicia '13 campaign button

UNI Philosophy Club badge

CAB The Maine Badge

Small Badge COAL 1972 UNI Project Coal

Small Welcome Dads 1940 ISTC Badge

Think Green, Live Green, Dream Green, Love Green Small Badge

CME Badge; kids holding hands around a globe

Salute to Service Badge

Psychology Club I <3 Psychology Badge

UNI Psych Club Badge

UNI psych Club with blue and purple letters badge

107.3 the Party Class of 2021 Badge

Box 3 (Ornaments)

University of Northern Iowa, brass Christmas ornaments, 1988, 1989, 1990-1996

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Seerley Hall 1997

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, UNI Dome, 1976-1998

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Commons, 1999

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Performing Arts Center, 2000

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Wellness & Recreation Center, 2002

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, McCollum science Hall Addition, 2003

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Gilchrist Hall 2005

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, McLeod Center, 2007

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Begeman Hall, 2008

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Lang Hall "The Old AUD", Celebrating 25 years, 2001

University of Northern Iowa brass Christmas ornament, Center for Multicultural Education and Maucker Union, Faculty Freedom Unity Dignity Justice Humanity, (Undated), (2 copies)

UNI 1993 Circle Ornament

UNI An Iowa Treasure 1995 Circle Ornament

1994 Great teaching makes the difference

1976-1989 with a Bell Circle Ornament

1991 Circle Ornament

The one room School 1988 Circle Ornament

1990 Circle Ornament

1976-1996 A dozen decades of great teaching Circle Ornament

1992 Performance Circle Ornament

Box 4

Note pad, with pen, Purple for Life badge, and insignia, from Alumni Association, 2008

Luggage tag with UNI logo and web address, 2008

Northern Iowa, Celebrating 125 years, pencil, (4 copies)

Purple drawstring bag with Panther logo, 2008

Purple Sharpie with Community Bank logo, 2008

Purple Inc. R2Blast rollerball pen

Purple Northern Iowa ball point pen

University of Northern Iowa “Just Right” pen with UNI logo, web address, and Admissions telephone number, 2008

University of Northern Iowa highlighter complete with logo, web address, and small Post-it notes, 2008

Panther Pride multicolored (purple and gold) rubber bracelet

University of Northern Iowa, Service to Iowa, 1990, round silver and black disk

Bronze metal bookmark with purple stamping:  "The University of Northern Iowa"

 Box 5

Benchmark Desk clock, battery powered, about five inches tall,  Old  Central Associates, University of Northern Iowa Foundation (about 2005)

Leather coasters celebrating 125th anniversary of the University of Northern Iowa, (5 copies)

UNI-Dome original roof fabric souvenir remnant, 1998 (9 copies)

Choices badge, alcohol awareness week, 1988, 1990

Choices badge, alcohol awareness month, 1993

UNI Online magnet from University Marketing & Public Relations, (3 copies)

Chats and Essentials magnet

ON Campus stick with a good thing magnet

University of Northern Iowa, Office of Sponsored Programs magnet

University of Northern Iowa, Department of Industrial Technology, 100th Anniversary, 1904-2004, Doctor of Industrial Technology, 25th Anniversary, 1978-2003 magnet

University of Northern Iowa Minority Student Quick Call Guide magnet

Phoenix Center magnet

University of Northern Iowa, Doctor of Industrial Technology, 1978-2003 clip magnet

UNI Panthers keychain, (2 copies)

Senior Challenge 2001 keychain

Rod Library, UNISTAR (UNI System to Access Resources) badge, c. 1989 (13 copies)

Rod Library, . . . Think about it, the only food and drink that belongs in a library is food for thought, badge

UNI Panther Trackers, Parents' Day walk, November 3, 1990, medallion (Seerley Hall on obverse)

UNI Panther Trackers medallion (Campanile on obverse)

Iowa State Teacher College, 75th Anniversary bookmark. “The First 75 Years” by Irving H. Hart and the Author’s Tea, April 16, 1952 in the Commons. Signalizing the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the College in 1876

Y2K@The University of Northern Iowa bookmark.

Rod Library dedication of the fourth floor addition, December 15, 1995 leather bookmark

UNI 9-1-1 identification card. Use the numbers on the back of the card to summon help.

Iowa State Teachers College, 75th Anniversary gold foil seals (purchased probably for 75th anniversary bookmarks)

Box 6

Teachers College pennant

Cedar Falls, pennant with leather seal of Iowa State Teachers College

Handmade pillow sham with student names and home towns embroidered, 1904

Handmade pillow sham with fringe, leather seal of Iowa State Teachers College

Plain machine stitched gold wool bag, 10.5” W x 13” L

Purple University of Northern Iowa pennant with seal

Box 7

Budweiser lanyard, 2012

Insulated drink holder:  "Friends do whatever it takes to stop friends from driving drunk.", 2012

Multimodal Transportation Center dedication card case, August 27, 2010

UNI Safe Ride flashlight, 2012

Department of Residence card case, including food punch cards, 2011

Insulated drink holder:  "Growing as a multiethnic community; Intervarsity @ UNI, Centered on Jesus, Following Him in Mission"

State College of Iowa Cedar Falls, plastic ashtray (2 items)

2015-2016 Academic Planner

Two lanyards advertising Lang Hall and website www.basicatlang.org

Two purple plastic drinking cups with gold lettering advertising Camp Adventure "Catch the Magic!"

Light purple Phi Beta Lambda silicone rubber wristband

Gold United States Outline with University of Northern Iowa purple words on it (in a crème colored box)

Miniature purple plastic football with advice for celebrating Homecoming safely, 2011

White plastic drink tumbler with purple and gold splatters complete with black lettering: "UNI, I am home at the Dome! 2011 Oct. 3-8, University of Northern Iowa (panther paw) Homecoming. Also includes picture of the Dome made to look like a house along with T.C. holding a football in a UNI black tee-shirt

Commons teaspoons, with TC crest, International Silver Company, c. 1950 (2 pieces) - Received from Alumni Relations, November 2012

Box 8

Insulated drink koozie/collapsible purple with University of Northern Iowa, UNI, and Panther logo in gold, label with pricing information still intact

Light purple Plastic drink tumbler with black lettering: UNI Purple for Life,with web address for unialum.org

Laminated bookmark: UNI I am pursuing success., complete with Academic Learning Center information on both sides, University of Northern Iowa logo on the bottom right corner 

University of Northern Iowa coffee cup with Web address

Soft light brown coaster, University of northern Iowa.

Brass Medallion, Russian Pedagogical Institute with building on the front and pelican on the back.

Parking Permits, A lot, University of Northern Iowa, 2002 (two copies), 2003, 2004 (two copies), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 

Box 9

Iowa State Teachers College notebook

State College of Iowa notebook

City Carton Recycling wooden coaster with corresponding information about recycling and the City Carton Recycling Company

City Carton pencil made from recycled denim

Paper book cover, J.S. Latta & Son

Paper book cover, The Wallace Book Shop

Iowa State Teachers College placemat, picture of The Campanile, Teachers College Loyalty Song.  

Box 10 - Contents of this box received from December 2013-February 2014

Missouri Valley Conference.  Northern Iowa Pathers.  Inaugural Year, 1991-92.  Men's size L windbreaker jacket

Purple and gold felt University of Northern Iowa Panthers pennant made by WinCraft

Blue and gold felt banner; Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA also known as Collegiate DECA and previously known as Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America), University of Northern Iowa

Box 11

T-shirt, green with purple lettering:  UNI I am leaving a smaller footprint. Size Medium.

T-shirt, green with black lettering: I buckle up. Size large.

T-shirt, green with white lettering: Get Your Green On. Size Medium.

T-shirt, gray with purple and yellow lettering: University of Northern Iowa logo. 2XL.

Purple and gold I.S.T.C. beanies, 2 copies

White ball cap with purple bill and letters: UNI C & I, Teaching Teachers.

Purple beret 

White banner. University of Northern Iowa 125 years. 

Northern Iowa Football tickets from 1975 (2 copies)

UNIted we are, round decal

CAMPUSPlan-It, 2015-16 academic planner & local guide

Box 12

"UNI is Leaving a Smaller Footprint" t-shirts (2 shirts -- 1 green, 1 yellow)

Processing Information

Collection initially organized and finding aid created by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, February 2007; additions received October 2008 and regularly thereafter; processing assistance by Student Assistant Kimberly Nurre; modified by Student Assistant Raelyn Meling April 8, 2016. Linear feet updated by Student Assistant Ashley Thronson, October, 2017. Collection organization and information updated by Student Assistant Georgia Casner October 17, 2017. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017; February 2018; and Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, March 2022.