Genealogy: Iowa, Library and society resource list

Iowa, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Iowa Genealogical Society:
  2. State Historical Society of Iowa: Archives and Records Program:
  3. State Library of Iowa:

University Archives and Collections (8)

  1. Iowa State University:
  2. St. Ambrose University:
  3. University of Iowa. Iowa Women’s Archives:
  4. University of Iowa. John Martin Rare Book Room:
  5. University of Iowa. Law Library:
  6. University of Iowa. Music Library:
  7. University of Iowa. Special Collections:
  8. University of Northern Iowa:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (6)

  1. Ames–Ames Public Library:
  2. Burlington–Burlington Public Library (IA) :
  3. Corydon–Karl Miles Lecompte Memorial Library:
  4. Davenport–Davenport Public Library, Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:
  5. Davenport–Davenport Public Library:
  6. Waterloo–Waterloo Public Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (1)

  1. National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Databases for Iowans:

This site provides access to the electronic databases OCLC FirstSearch, a web-based information system for searching online databases, and EBSCOhost, which includes full text magazines, newspapers, and reference tools.

Digital Library Collections (3)

  1. University of Iowa Libraries, Scholarly Digital Resources Center:
  2. Iowa Heritage Digital Collections:
  3. Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive: