The function of the State Archives of Iowa is to document the rights of citizens, the actions of state officials, and the state experience. The State Archives of Iowa represents a public trust upon which our democracy depends and as such it must be an advocate for openness and accountability in government. The State Archives works to ensure that the essential evidence of government is created, maintained for as long as it is needed, and is available to the citizens of the state and to the public in general.
The governing mandates for the State Archives of Iowa are included in the Code of Iowa Chapters 303.13-303.15 and chapter 304. Public access to government records is mandated by Code of Iowa Chapter 22.