Badges, Souvenirs, and Other UNI Realia

Archives Record Series: 00/04/02

Badges, Souvenirs, and Other UNI Realia.  3.25 linear feet.


This collection consists of badges, pins, and other souvenirs associated with the University of Northern Iowa.  Most of the material in this collection accumulated gradually over the years in the University Archives.

Container Inventory

Box 1

  • Iowa State Teachers College 75th anniversary stickers, 1951
  • State College of Iowa ashtray, c. 1965
  • UNI-Dome lapel pin, with panther
  • UNI Online refrigerator magnet
  • UNISTAR badge, library automated catalogue, 1989
  • Senior challenge keychain, 2001
  • Bookmark for author's tea for Irving Hart's ISTC history, 1952
  • Department of Industrial Technology 100th anniversary and Doctor of Industrial Technology 25th anniversary refrigerator magnet, 25th anniversary, 2003-2004
  • Doctor of Industrial Technology 25th anniversary paper clip, 2003
  • UNI Panthers key chain, c. 2001
  • Founders Day badge, 1990
  • UNI students for Gore badge, 2000
  • UNI Purple for Life badge
  • Briddell/Greiner NISG election badge, 2000
  • On campus--stick with a good thing refrigerator magnet
  • Campus parking permits, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Dedication of Rod Library 4th level leather bookmark, 1995
  • UNI 125th anniversary leather coaster, 2001
  • UNI Celebrating 125 years pencil
  • McLeod Center grand opening pen and pad, 2006
  • Y2K bookmark
  • Morse/Bentley NISG election badge, 2007
  • Maucker Union refrigerator magnet, 2007


Box 2

Contents of this box received from Marketing and Public Relations, October 2008

  • Insulated cup, 2008
  • Gray T-shirt with Panther logo and Back the Panthers motto, 2008
  • Leather coaster with UNI logo, 2008
  • Yellow marking pen, 2008
  • Luggage tag with UNI logo, 2008
  • Blue ball point pen from Admissions Office, 2008
  • Purple roller ball pen, 2008
  • Note pad, with pen, Purple for Life badge, and insignia, from Alumni Association, 2008
  • Purple drawstring bag with Panther logo, 2008


 Box 3

  • Desk clock, battery powered, about five inches tall, given to Old Central Associates, about 2005
  • Founders Day badge, 1990
  • Choices badge, alcohol awareness week, 1988
  • Choices badge, alcohol awareness week, 1990
  • Choices badge, alcohol awareness month, 1993
  • I am loved button, 2011
  • ISTC freshman beanie (2 copies)
  • College of Education badge, with Marshall Center School
  • 1972 Kluge UNI Project Coal badge
  • Staff member of the "New Look" Northern Iowan badge, c. 1970
  • Rod Library, UNISTAR (UNI System to Access Resources) badge, c. 1989 (2 copies)
  • Rod Library, . . . Think about it, the only food and drink that belongs in a library is food for thought, badge
  • ISN, A. B. lapel pin, 1906
  • Sigma Tau Gamma (?) lapel pin
  • UNI Panther Trackers, Parents' Day walk, November 3, 1990, medallion (Seerley Hall on obverse)
  • UNI Panther Trackers (?), medallion (Campanile on obverse)
  • UNI-Dome original roof fabric souvenir remnant, 1998 (9 copies)
  • Vote! Rhonda Adam, Northern Iowa Student Government election, 2011


Box 4

  • Teachers College, pennant
  • Cedar Falls, pennant with leather seal of Iowa State Teachers College
  • Pillow case with student names and home towns embroidered, 1904
  • Pillow case with leather seal of Iowa State Teachers College
  • ibuckleup, T-shirt, distributed by Iowa State Patrol in Maucker Union, March 2012
  • Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center, Earth Day Every Day!, Get Your Green ON, T-shirt, Earth Day, 2012


Box 5

  • Vote Jordan & KaLeigh badge, Northern Iowa Student Government election, 2012 (3 copies)
  • We're all heart on College Hill, badge
  • Budweiser key chain, 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
  • Campaniling badge, 2011
  • Campaniling badge, 2014 (4 copies)
  • Department of Residence card case, including food punch cards, 2011
  • Miniature purple plastic football with advice for celebrating Homecoming safely, 2011
  • Insulated drink holder:  "Growing as a multiethnic community; Intervarsity @ UNI, Centered on Jesus, Following Him in Mission"

Items listed below received from Alumni Relations, November 2012

  • University of Northern Iowa stamped in purple on bronze-colored metal outline map of the United States of America
  • Metal lapel pin, bronze metal with purple stamping; "Lux" with laurel and sword
  • Bronze metal bookmark with purple stamping:  "The University of Northern Iowa"
  • Bronze metal lapel pin with purple stamping:  "UNI" within outline map of Iowa, compliments of University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association (4 copies)
  • Bronze metal lapel pin with purple and white stamping:  "UNI" and panther on outline of UNI-DOME
  • Bronze metal lapel pin; panther head (two copies)
  • Bronze metal lapel pin with purple stamping:  "University of Northern Iowa" and Campanile logo
  • White metal circular disc, 3 1/2" diameter with black stamping:  "1990, The University of Northern Iowa, Service to Iowa"
  • Homecoming badge:  Beat Kansas State Teachers, probably 1940
  • Dad's Day badge:  Welcome Dads, 1940, I. S. T. C.
  • Commons teaspoons, with TC crest, International Silver Company, c. 1950 (2 pieces)


Box 6

  • Insulated drink koozie/collapsible purple with University of Northern Iowa, UNI, and Panther logo in gold, label with pricing information still intact
  • Gold badge with UNI DAD in purple, Dome roof, and stalking panther, Miller's Shoes of Cedar Falls Iowa sticker on the back
  • Acrylic oval magnet, white background, University of Northern Iowa in gold with purple outline, UNI in purple with gold outline, panther logo in gold and purple, price sticker intact on the back
  • Square purple pin: UNI Purple for Life, with gold ribbon: UNI Purple Pride Day
  • Light purple Plastic drink tumbler with black lettering: UNI Purple for Life,with web address for
  • 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
  • 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
  • Magnet, oblong, white, purple lettering advertising the Phoenix Center at the WRC 104, includes phone numbers and web address
  • Plastic card, white with University of Northern Iowa logo and emergency information on one side, side two contains information on how to contact the UNI Assessment and Consultation Team (ACT) 
  • Metal lapel pin with gold stamping " UNI Teacher Education", purple image of torch and apple on top of books
  • T-shirt, green with purple lettering:  UNI I am leaving a smaller footprint

Box 7

  • 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

Box 8

Contents of this box received, December 2013

  • Missouri Valley Conference.  Northern Iowa Pathers.  Inaugural Year, 1991-92.  Men's size L windreaker 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 9

Contents of this box received, March 2014 - December 2014

  • Two lanyards advertising Lang Hall and website
  • Two purple plastic drinking cups with gold lettering advertising Camp Adventure "Catch the Magic!"
  • Light purple Phi Beta Lambda silicone rubber wristband
  • UNI Philosophy Club round badge with T.C.
  • University of Northern Iowa Salute to Service purple square badgewith gold lettering
  • UNI Nonproft Leadership Alliance "Certified To Change The World" with website and QR code badge
  • Same Struggle/Different Difference badge
  • I Love (heart) to be UNIque/I Study Abroad badge
  • Live Green/Dream Green/Love Green/I Think Green badge
  • Talk nerdy to ball point pen
  • Homecoming badge: Students by day; Panthers by night. Homecoming 2014 ( 9 copies)
  • Homecoming badge: Campus Activities Board 2014. Superhero
  • UNI C & I (Curriculum and Instruction) baseball cap
  • Badge:  Volunteers bring big things to the Cedar Valley, UNI Museums


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; last modified:  December 2, 2014 (GP).

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