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Donating Materials for Collections

Donating Materials for Collections

The State Historical Society of Iowa builds its special collections (manuscripts, audio-visual materials, maps & ephemera) through public donations and with limited purchases of new material. It is guided in its selection criteria by a collections development policy. Not everything that is offered will be added to the collections, but all offers will be carefully evaluated and considered. The State Historical Society does not accept materials under "permanent loan" agreements.

The State Historical Society of Iowa does not provide authentications or monetary appraisals of documents, photographs or other historical resources. For assistance in in these areas, please visit the Society of American Archivists webpage or American Society of Appraisers.

If you have manuscripts, audio-visual materials, maps or ephemera that you would like to offer as donations to the State Historical Society of Iowa, contact:

Special Collections Archivist-Des Moines

State Historical Society of Iowa 
600 E. Locust 
Des Moines, IA 50319-0290 
515-281-8976

Special Collections Archivist-Iowa City 

State Historical Society of Iowa
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240-1806
319-335-3916

Donating Books or Other Published Materials

To donate books or other published materials to the libraries of the State Historical Society of Iowa, please contact the acquisitions librarian:

Librarian
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240-1806
319-335-3936

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