Iowa State Historical Society
The second largest research collection in the state is located at the Iowa City branch of the State Historical Society’s research facilities. Holdings include local, state, and national histories; biographies; government documents, and current historical periodicals not all identical to the facility at Des Moines. Microfilm holdings are loaned between the collections. Of specific interest to genealogists are county histories, state census data, cemetery records, atlases, and plat books. Iowa newspapers, beginning in 1836, can be found in 10,000 bound volumes and 12,000 microfilm rolls (microfilm available through interlibrary loan). Fire insurance maps include more than 700 Iowa communities. Over 100,000 photographic images can be located by standard subject headings, geographical designations, or the portrait index.

Iowa Genealogical Society
Maintains an extensive genealogical reference library (shelf list available), publishes Hawkeye Heritage and a member newsletter, and publishes in cooperation with its chapters a wide variety of genealogical reference works, primarily Iowa vital records.

Resources of Iowa research can be found in a multitude of other locations in the state. County/city level archival programs exist, for example, in Dubuque and both Polk and Scott counties.

See Also: Iowa Archives and Libraries