Manuscripts, Maps & Ephemera
The manuscript collection features more than 8,000 individual, original, published and unpublished source materials documenting Iowa’s founding, growth, development and citizen experiences.
- Account and minute books
- Organization, school, church, club, business and labor union records
- Personal papers
- Personal reminiscences
- Sheet music
Use the collection lists below to get started.
- Manuscript Collection – Des Moines
- Manuscript Collection – Iowa City
- Ephemera Collection – Des Moines
Collections feature thousands of published and unpublished printed and hand drawn maps — including fire insurance maps and pre-1940 Iowa county plat maps on microfilm.
In addition to the listings below, some records for manuscript collections have been added to the online catalog, which may contain detailed descriptions.