While we hope that you will be able to visit our reading rooms in person, we recognize that some researchers require access to our materials but are unable to travel to Des Moines or Iowa City.
There is no charge to request that our reference staff check our card catalogs to determine if we have resources available for your topic. You may contact us with this type of question via e-mail, telephone, or mail.
If you wish to know specific information contained in one of our items such as a specific newspaper article, a specific name in a book, or information on a specific event we require a basic research fee. A payment of $15 is required in advance before we can begin your request. Please note this fee covers up to 30 minutes searching time, up to 10 photocopies and postage if we are able to find anything. Additional research, copy, and postage fees will be billed as necessary.
Download: Research Request Form
|Please Do||Please Don't|
|Research inquiries, minimum research charge (payment in advance)||$15.00|
|Research inquiries, after first 30 minutes||$15.00/each additional 30 minutes|
|Additional copies beyond 10 pages will be charged at $.25 per page.|
|Postage and handling will be charged in addition to research and copy fee at the following rates:|
|11-25 copies||additional $1|
|26-50 copies||additional $2|
|51-100 copies||additional $3|
|101-150 copies||additional $4|
|Uncertified copies of state-level death certificates for which indexing is available. View indexes of available certificates.||$7.50|
|Photocopies (8 ½ x 11)||$.25|
|Photocopies (8 ½ x 14, 11 x 17)||$.50|
|Postage and Handling for photocopies by mail|
|Minimum charge, 1-15 pages||$3.00|
|Each additional 15 pages||$1.00|
|FAX transmittal, per page (plus cost of photocopies)||$1.00|
|State Archives photocopy certification of authenticity||$2.50 per page in addition to standard photocopy fee|