Interlibrary Loan

    The State Historical Society of Iowa Research Centers lends microfilm of newspapers, census records and other materials listed below to your local library. Other collections, including books and printed materials, are only available at the Research Centers, however materials may be sent to the center that is most convienient for you.

    How to Make a Request

    Identify which Research Center holds the microfilm you wish to borrow. Visit your local library to make an interlibrary loan request. Ensure that the library submits the request using the American Library Association (ALA) approved form and includes a return-shipping label. Send the request form to the appropriate Research Center.

    Interlibrary Loan
    State Historical Society of Iowa
    402 Iowa Ave.
    Iowa City, IA 52240-1806
    (319) 335-3916

    Interlibrary Loan
    State Historical Society of Iowa
    600 E Locust St.
    Des Moines, IA 50319-0290
    (515) 281-6200

    Collections Available

    Newspapers

    You may request newspapers on microfilm from either Des Moines or Iowa City.

    When requesting the loan, specify the publication title, city and dates needed (if the dates requested cover more than two reels, the first two reels will be sent). If the publication is unknown, you may request a film for one city and date range.

    For specific information on available newspapers, consult with a librarian at either Research Center or search the online catalog.

    Iowa Census

    You may request Iowa census records on microfilm from the Research Center in Iowa City. The fee is $6.00 per county, per census year. Only two rolls of film will be sent at a time. When making the request please specify the county and the census year.

    Iowa Federal and State Censuses are available for 1840, 1850, 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1885, 1915, 1920 and 1930. Iowa Mortality Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.

    NOTE: This film has been heavily used, and some rolls may be difficult to read.

    Iowa Plat Maps

    You may request microfilm of Iowa Plat Maps from the Research Center in Iowa City. Only two rolls of film will be sent at a time. The fee is $6.00 per county.

    Iowa Civil War Roster

    You may request microfilm of the Civil War Roster and Index for all Iowa regiments from the Research Center in Iowa City. Only two rolls of film will be sent at a time. The fee is $10.00 per loan.

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