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       Periodicals, Newspapers &
       Manuscript Collections

  To locate any of the documents mentioned below, go to:  Archives, Libraries & Societies


The following are several valuable periodicals, which have been published in Iowa.

Periodical Title Publisher/Holder
Annals of Iowa
1863-74 and 1882-83
State Historical Society of Iowa
(now published by Iowa State History Department, Division of Museum & Archives)
Iowa Historical Record
State Historical Society of Iowa
Iowa Journal of
History & Politics
State Historical Society of Iowa
Quarterly Iowa
Journal of History
(started in 1903)
State Historical Society of Iowa

(monthly since 1920)
State Historical Society of Iowa
Hawkeye Heritage
(quarterly since 1966)
Iowa Genealogical Society


The "Du Buque Visitor," Iowa's first newspaper, was published in 1836 at Dubuque, followed a year later by "The Western Adventurer" at Montrose. Redbook's suggested references include:

  • "Newspaper Collection of the State Historical Society of Iowa," compiled by L.D. Cheever. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1969. An update file to this listing is available at the
    State Historical Library, Iowa City.
  • "A Bibliography of Iowa Newspapers, 1836-1976," an Iowa Pilot Project of the Organization of American Historians, The Library of Congress, US Newspaper Project. Iowa City: Iowa State Historical Department, 1979.
  • "The Pageant of the Press, A Survey of 125 Years of Iowa Journalism,"  by W.J. Petersen. Iowa City: Iowa State Historical Society, 1962.
  • "Index to Bound Newspapers in Iowa State Department of History and Archives,"  by Edward F. Pitman. Des Moines: State of Iowa, 1947.


The Manuscript Department of the State Historical Society of Iowa has many manuscripts in its collection, including civil war diaries, papers of an 1866 Indian agent, and a witness to a presidential assassination. Check: "Guide to Manuscripts," compiled by Katherine Harris, Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1973, for numerous genealogical treasures. This is only a sampling of available material.

Those researching in Iowa should be aware that there frequently are manuscript collections in adjacent states that should be seriously considered in tracing families. For example, the James J. Hill Papers, called the "Iowa Properties Papers," are in St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Iowa Territorial Papers, 1838-1846, are held by the National Archives/Central Plains Region.

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