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Tom Brokaw donates personal collection to University of Iowa's Library

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Tom Brokaw is celebrating 50 years with NBC and as part of the celebration has announced he is gifting his private collection of memorabilia to the University of Iowa's Library. 

For decades Tom Brokaw has reported on and lived the biggest moments of our time and now the mementos, pictures, and stories he collected will be on display for everyone.

Before he was an NBC legendary journalist, Tom Brokaw was a freshman at University of Iowa.

However, Brokaw failed out that year, double majoring in what he calls, "beer & co-eds."

"You know, I have spent that last 60 years trying to make up for my errant ways when I was at Iowa. That is part of it. I have great affection for the school, for the state, and for friends I have here, so it is easy for me to come back," said Brokaw.

Brokaw's soft spot for Iowa, playing apart in his decision to donate his career's collection of memorabilia to the University of Iowa's Library.

The school beating out other major universities from across the nation to become home to a collection rich in history, including a piece from the Oklahoma City Bombing, a notebook from an interview with a young Bill Gates, and pictures with Nancy Reagan and Nelson Mandela.

But Brokaw's favorite is: "Probably would have to be that first chip of the Berlin Wall that I got the night that it came down. That event will hold up forever because it was the symbolic end of the Soviet Empire and I was there. I was the only one," said Brokaw. 

Pieces of history that Brokaw hopes make a lasting impression.

"What I hope is that they will see that the world is constantly dynamic. That it is changing all the time. That you cannot take your life as it is being lived right now for granted because change will come," said Brokaw.

Brokaw plans to spend time this spring recording the stories behind many of the pieces in the collection.

The university hopes to open the exhibit sometime next year.

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