Local History Resources at the Library
The Digital History Project is a web-based archive highlighting historic Iowa City and Johnson County featuring a growing collection of more than 300 photos and videos.
A wealth of additional local history resources are available at the Information Page Station on the second floor of the Library. Available resources include:
Historical Readings about Iowa City
View the text of historical readings done during Iowa City's 175th anniversary in December of 2014.
Johnson County Vital Statistics
All data compiled and provided by the Iowa City Genealogical Society
For information on recent burials, contact City cemeteries directly.
Maps and Plat Books
- Plat maps of Johnson County, Iowa (shows occupancy and ownership of rural properties)
- Johnson County landowners map and index
- Sanborn fire insurance maps on microfilm (detailed maps covering towns including Iowa City)
- Iowa City print and micrcofilm (may include area cities and rural listings)
- Iowa State directories including Iowa City
Located at the Information Page Station
- Iowa City (includes surrounding area) - From 1925 - Present
- University of Iowa directory (students, faculty and staff) - Herd books from 1922 – 2013
Iowa City Public Schools
- Community Education Center
- Central Junior High School (Baby Hawklets)
- City High School (Red and White)
- Northwest Junior High School (Reflections)
- PS #4 yearbook
- Southeast Junior High School
- West High School (The Trojan Epic)
Other Public Schools in Johnson County
Private Schools in Iowa City
- Iowa City Regina Catholic Education Center (Spectrum)
- St Mary's High School (The Marianum)
- University High School (Hawkey)
Civil War Military Records
Relevant Materials from our General Collection
We have many local history resources in print, DVD, and streaming video formats.Books of interest:
- Leading Events in Johnson County Volumes 1, 2. (1913) by Clarence Aurner
- The Old Stone Capitol Remembers (1939) by Benjamin Shambaugh
- Old Settler's Association Yearbooks 1866-1925 (1978) - Reproduced by the Johnson County Historical Society
- The History of Johnson County, Iowa 1836-1882 (1883) author unknown
Irving B. Weber (1900-1997) was a prolific citizen historian chronicling Iowa City and Johnson County history through the more than 800 columns he wrote for the Iowa City Press Citizen from 1973-1998. Half of the columns were reprinted in eight volumes titled Historical Stories about Iowa City, published by the Iowa City Lions Club. Searcher’s aids to Irving Weber’s stories are available in the circulation and the Iowa Reference collections.
Irving Weber also recorded a number programs about Iowa City, including a bus tour of Iowa City and a tour of Iowa City cemeteries. Also of interest are Lolly Parker Egger’s, (retired Iowa City Public Library director) Iowa City’s Irving Weber: A Biography and Ellen Buchanan’s Tell Me Your Story interview of Irving Weber.
We have many resources available for local history research and well as much broader historical and genealogical. Resident library card required.
Includes The Gazette which has obituaries from Iowa City and surrounding cities from 1992 to present.
Ancestry Library Edition In-Library Use Only
Search census, birth, marriage, death, military, & immigration records.
Iowa’s newspaper of record with coverage from 1992 to present.
Search census and family records, local history, city directories, military records and more.
Iowa City’s local newspaper with coverage from Nov. 13, 2002 to present.
Initially created to estimate fire insurance risks. Iowa maps only, includes Iowa City fire maps for September 1883, July 1888, April 1892, June 1899, April 1906, January 1912, July 1920, February 1926, and February 1933 through April 1946.
Social Security Death Index In-Library Use Only
Genealogical tool lists birth and death dates, and place of death.
Additional Genealogical Research Resources
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
2730 Bradford Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240-2550
PO box 822
Iowa City, IA 52244-0822
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
913 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
402 Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA 52240