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    Welcome to the State Historical Society of Iowa collections catalog. Following is our global catalog collection search featuring access to hundreds of thousands of processed entries detailing museum, archives, library, special collections manuscripts and images under management. Our staff is adding more collections to the catalog weekly. To search one of the four collection types, please select the collection catalog link in one of the four collection types that follow below. If you are not able to find a specific collection, please use our Reference Request Form to submit an inquiry to staff.

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    The archives collection catalog contains record group and series descriptions of historic state government records. Please visit the State Archives section on our website to learn more about the collection.


    The library collection catalog contains item level detail of published materials we hold as well as many of our Special Collections manuscript collections, books, city and county directories, newspapers, biographies and family histories.


    The museum collection contains more than 80,000 objects that document Iowa history including airplanes, marbles, minerals, quilts, furniture and more.

    Special Collections

    The special collections consist of primarily donated manuscripts, images, ephemera, maps, and audio and video recordings. Please visit the separate manuscripts and images sections on our website to learn more about the collections.