A T.Rex Named Sue Exhibit Files, 2004-2005

Collection Overview

Title: A T.Rex Named Sue Exhibit Files, 2004-2005

Record Series: 26/08/12

Creator: UNI Museums and Collections

Date: 2004-2005

Extent: 2.5 linear feet, 2 boxes

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

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Historical Note

This collection came from the Museums to the University of Northern Iowa Archives in the spring semester of 2013.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of records pertaining to "A T. Rex Named Sue", an exhibit presented by the University of Northern Iowa Museums in the spring of 2005.  The centerpiece of the exhibit, a replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossilized skeleton, was furnished by the Field Museum in Chicago. 

This series furnishes an in-depth look at preparations, marketing, and presentation of the exhibit.  The documentation includes correspondence, committee files, programs, programming files, contracts, financial information, drawings, and photographs relating to the exhibit.  The collection is especially strong in areas relating to marketing and publicity. 

Researchers should be aware that there is some duplication between and among files.  For example, general publicity files might include information about a special event, such as a lecture.  But there may also be a  file relating specifically and only to that lecture event.  The various large staff notebooks are good sources of information for overall views of the exhibit process. 


Box 1

Host market planning guide, by the Field Museum

Educational materials and activities, by the Field Museum

General notebook

Staff information notebooks, 1, 2, and 3


Public relations notebooks, volumes 1 and 2

Public Relations and Marketing Committee

Pubic relations and marketing kit

Media kit

Merchandise kit


Docent and monitor instructions

Docent Committee notebook, August 2004-May 2005

Volunteer handbook and guide

Museum staff complete volunteer manual

Ticket office master sheets--instructions and recording

Income and attendance

Shipping and mounting of the exhibit

Box 2

Exhibit documentation



Sponsors and donors

Sponsor contacts

In-kind donations

Pledges and thanks

Opening week events

Special events

Educators open house

Deere and Company, Waterloo Works


Hawkeye Corrugated Box Company

Covenant Healthcare

Barnes & Noble; University Book and Supply

Community Foundation


Individual donors

Public presentations

Terry Wentz presentation

Dino Store


Birthday parties

Exhibit site information

Exhibit signs

ME & V advertising


Exhibit teardown

Volunteer information and work schedule

Visitor log

School group visits

Visitor survey

Children's artwork

Exhibit comments


Videotapes (VHS format), information taken from tape labels

  • KCRG "Sue" interview, October 24, 2004
  • KCRG TV9, Dino Sue coverage, April 5
  • Hotline, Here and There, Sue the dinosaur
  • KWWL, 7, "Sue" time lapse, 5 minute loop


  • Sue graphics and logos, UNI Museums
  • P. R. materials and images disk
  • A T. Rex named Sue, UNI Museums, 2005, slide show
  • T-REX named Sue, Andrea Roethler, March 23, 2005
  • CFU before and after
  • Sue exhibit and parking, April 25, 2005
  • Sue graphics
  • Sue graphics and logos, UNI Museums
  • Sue pics, February 28-March 4, 2005 (2 copies)
  • Museum final poster, February 11, 2005
  • Remote exhibits, Sue 2005:  CF Tourism, College Square, Crossroads, CF Library
  • UNI Museum dinosaur posters
  • A T. Rex named Sue, UNI Museums, 2005, p. p. t.
  • Exhibit Dino Sue, miscellaneous
  • unlabeled

Metal silhouette of Tyrannosaurus rex mounted on wood base; base inscribed "Thank you for your support of the UNI Museums & A T. Rex Named Sue, March-May 2005

Processing Information

Collection processed and inventory developed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, June 2013; updated, June 24, 2013 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, February 2018. Linear feet updated September 20, 2017.

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