Manuscripts, Maps & Ephemera

    Manuscript Collections

    The manuscript collection features more than 8,000 individual, original, published and unpublished source materials documenting Iowa’s founding, growth, development and citizen experiences.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
    • Advertisements
    • Diaries
    • Ephemera
    • Letters
    • Organization, school, church, club, business and labor union records
    • Personal papers
    • Personal reminiscences
    • Scrapbooks
    • Sheet music

    Map Collections

    Collections feature thousands of published and unpublished printed and hand drawn maps — including fire insurance maps and pre-1940 Iowa county plat maps on microfilm.