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Local History Resources


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 local history resources are available at the Information Page Station on the second floor of the Library. Available resources include:

Census Materials Johnson County Data, Federal Census Johnson County Data, Iowa State Census
Johnson County Vital Statistics All data compiled and provided by the Iowa City Genealogical Society
Cemeteries For information on recent burials, contact City cemetaries directly.
Maps Directories Phonebooks Johnson County plat books and TAM service Yearbooks Iowa City Public Schools Other Public Schools in Johnson County Private Schools in Iowa City Civil War Military Records Access to third Party Online Resources Openly Accessible Resources Subscription Based Resources
These subscription based resources require a current Iowa City Public Library card and a password and because of licensing restrictions are available only to residents of Iowa City, University Heights, Lone Tree, Hills and rural Johnson County. They are also fully available from within the Library, and can be accessed from any of our public internet computers or via our free wireless interent access.

Additional Genealogical Research Resources

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
2730 Bradford Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240-2550
319-338-5306
319-338-1027

Iowa City Genealogical Society
PO box 822
Iowa City, IA 52244-0822
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iajohnso/

Iowa Department of Public Health
Vital Records
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-4944

Johnson County Administration Building
Vital Records
913 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
www.johnson-county.com

State Historical Society -- Iowa City
402 Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA 52240
319-338-3916
www.iowahistory.org

Relevant Materials from our General Collection

The Library's General Collection contains many local history resources in both Books and DVD format.

Of particular interest are the books: The collection also contains a number of interviews conducted by Ellen Buchanan in both the One of a Kind Series and the Tell Me Your Story Series.

Irving Weber

  • Collection of Irving Weber articles from the Press Citizen in book format
    books: historical stories about Iowa City. eight volumes covers 460 articles: 977.7655/weber; also iowa reference
    indexes: 2 volume index to the weber collection compiled by the Iowa City Public Library: 977.7655. also iowa ref
    see also: index to historical stories about Iowa City volumes 1-v11 compiled by shaner de magalhaes: ref/iowa/977.7655/weberyl. also in storage
    searcher's aid to irving weber's 861 Iowa City press citizen articles on Iowa City/johnson county history compiled by lolly eggers: 977.7655/weber/ye/2001. also in iowa ref and storage

    online resources:
    the complete weber collection is online through the iowa heritage digital collection: www.iowaheritage.org and the iowa digital library: digital.lib.uiowa.edu

    irving weber on dvd:
    most weber dvds can be found at dvd/977.7655/weber.
    weber biography: dvd/biography/weber, irving b.
    weber interview by ellen buchanan: dvd/977.7655/tell/weber