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State Historical Society of Iowa. Libraries and Special Collections, Iowa City Center

402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa 52240


Phone: 319-335-3916

Repository URL: External Link

Repository code: iahi

Repository description (CRHP): The Iowa Labor Oral History Project includes many interviews that discuss race relations, race discrimination, and civil rights efforts in the state. Holdings also include photographs, manuscripts, and film footage that document civil rights struggles in Iowa; see attached uploads for details.

Repository description (extant): The State Historical Society of Iowa has extensive manuscript collections containing original source materials documenting Iowa's development as a state and the experiences of its citizens. These collections feature personal papers; records of organizations such as schools, churches, clubs, businesses, and labor unions; diaries; letters; account and minute books; scrapbooks; personal reminiscences; collections of broadsides, sheet music, advertisements and other ephemera. The Society's Des Moines and Iowa City locations both feature extensive photograph collections as well as audio, film, video, and oral history collections. The Society's map collections feature published maps as well as many one-of-a-kind hand drawn manuscript maps. Fire insurance maps and pre-1940 Iowa county plat maps are available on microfilm.

Repository Notes (CRHP): See also "Outside In: African American History in Iowa, 1838-1998" (ed. Bill Silag, Des Moines: State Historical Society of Iowa, 2001), an impressive 580-page tome that includes chapters on a range of subjects relevant to civil rights and access to full citizenship; many authors draw on interviews for their chapters, and most appear to be interviews the authors have conducted themselves.

Repository type: State Historical Society


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