Photographs & Audio-Visual

    Discover more than one million photographs, films and recordings documenting Iowa history from the 1840s to the present. Materials in the collection include photographic prints, daguerreotypes, tintypes, glass plate, lithographic, slides, film, video cassettes and digital formats.

    Collection Highlights

    Businesses Oral History
    Churches Political Events
    City of Des Moines Postcards
    Domestic Life Recreation
    Farms Schools
    Government Social Events
    Landmarks Stereographs
    Main Streets Topography
    Notable Iowans

    Collection Finding Aids