Sunday, April 25, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Iowa

This is the 16th post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Iowa State Archives/State Historical Society of Iowa Libraries and Special Collections - - while there aren't digital archives on this site, there are plenty of descriptions of the on-site collections, as well as tips on using them and lists of what is in their holdings. On-site collections include books and periodicals, newspapers, county government records, manuscript, audio-visual and map collections, and census materials

Iowa Heritage Digital Collections - - "an online repository of Iowa history and culture created by bringing together in digital form documents, images, maps, finding aids, interpretive and educational materials, and other media from collections held by a wide range of organizations throughout Iowa."

State Library of Iowa Library Services - - Iowa Publications Online, The Iowa Collection (descriptions of books pertinent to Iowa history and culture), Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights, Iowa Inventors Database

Iowa Genealogical Society - - newsletter, Hawkeye Heritage, county research guides, vertical file index, Iowa Pioneer Certificates databases, naturalizations (mainly Polk County), obituaries, Old Settlers (Polk County), and queries

Iowa WPA Graves - - database of Iowa graves registration conducted by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression


Archives of Northwestern College (Iowa) - - student newspaper, publication and alumni magazine, photos, historical documents, postcard collection, Vietnam Veterans oral history project

Coe College Archives - - student newspaper (1890-1980), college films and songs, digital exhibits (includes college history, student life, photos, mascots, posters); also includes the records of Western Leander Clark College, which was absorbed by Coe in 1919

Grinnell Pioneer Digital Image Database - (requires you to click Guest Login button) - Historic Iowa Post Cards

Iowa State University Library Special Collections - - besides finding aids for on-site collections, some of the photos can be accessed through their Flikr site. The Digital Collection includes photos of student activities, a Fashion Plates collection, the George Washington Carver collection, and other art and drawing collections.

University of Iowa Libraries -  Iowa Digital Library - - "features more than 300,000 digital objects created from the holdings of The University of Iowa Libraries and its campus partners. Included are illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, fine art, political cartoons, scholarly works, and more." Collections include arts and literature, book and printing history, business and industry, campus and Iowa history, multicultural groups, music, politics and government, science and geography, travel and transportation, and women and women's history.

University of Northern Iowa Rod Library Digital Collections - - history of the university, yearbook, photos, Cedar Valley Historical Collections (maps, centennial, history), Iowa Historical Collection (blue book, native history, audio collection), honors theses/projects, and much more!


Ames Public Library Research Collections - - Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive (photos, postcards, advertisements, news articles), Ames Tribune index

Burlington Public Library Local History and Genealogy Resources - newsletter and lists of area genealogical resources

City of Cherokee Oak Hill Cemetery Database -

Council Bluffs Public Library Daily Nonpareil Newspaper Index -

Davenport Public Library Quad City Memory - - Local Index Databases (obits, Scott County marriage certificates and license returns, pre-1836 to c. 1925, marriage announcements, state censues, military info, Gazette newspaper), Local News Index, Photograph Databases (includes Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive), Local History

Des Moines County Genealogy Society - - lists and maps of area cemeteries, photo gallery, unknown photos

Des Moines Public Library Newspaper and Obituary Index -

Drake Community Library Obituary Database -

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum - - searchable Hoover papers online, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane collection, oral histories, student research projects

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library - - oral histories

Sioux City Library Sioux City Journal Index -

Spirit Lake Public Library Dickinson County Cemetery Records -


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