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Interlibrary Loan

General Policies

An alternative to a research request is to ask your local library to borrow our newspapers and census materials on microfilm through interlibrary loan.

All requests must be made through a library. All requests must be made on an ALA approved form, and must include a return-shipping label. Depending on the collection being borrowed, the request should be mailed to one of the following addresses:

Interlibrary Loan
State Historical Society of Iowa
402 Iowa Ave
Iowa City IA 52240-1806
319-335-3916

Interlibrary Loan
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust
Des Moines IA 50319-0290
515-281-6200 

Interlibrary Loan Service hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, 12:30 to 4:30 pm; Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Interlibrary Loan Fees

Microfilm, one or two rolls (maximum of two rolls per request) $6.00

The State Historical Society of Iowa does not lend its books and other printed materials. Materials held in one the Society’s reading rooms may be able to be sent to the other reading room for the in cases where this is more convenient for our patrons.

Newspapers (available from both libraries):

The State Historical Society lends its microfilmed newspaper collection. The fee per request is $6.00, for up to 2 reels. A request may cover only one title, or one city and range of dates if a title is not known. If the dates requested are on more than 2 reels of microfilm, the first 2 reels covering the starting date will be sent. You must specify the city of publication, and the dates needed. The loan period for newspapers is 2 weeks.

For specific information on microfilmed newspapers available consult a reference librarian at either library or search our online catalog.

Tips for searching our newspaper holdings

Iowa Census (available from IOWA CITY library)

The State Historical Society lends the following microfilmed Iowa Census records from its Iowa City library. The fee is $6.00 per county, per census year. You must specify the county and the census year on your request. In addition, for the 1915 census, specify surname(s) needed.

Iowa Federal and State Population Census available

1840, 1850, 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1885, 1915, 1920, 1930

Iowa Mortality Schedules available

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

NOTE: This film has been heavily used, and some rolls may be difficult to read.

 

Iowa Civil War Roster (available from IOWA CITY library):

The State Historical Society lends the Civil War Roster and Index for all Iowa regiments from its Iowa City library. The fee is $10.00.

 

Iowa Plat Maps (available from IOWA CITY library)

The State Historical Society lends pre-1940 county plat (land ownership) maps on microfilm. The fee is $6.00 per county. Map holdings vary greatly by county.

Fees subject to change.

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