Over a 21-year career North helped shape the nascent profession of librarianship in Iowa and nationally. At a time when the appointment of a woman to a state position was highly controversial, she contributed to the opening up of new possibilities for women's participation in the public sphere.
A. J. Small was the Law Librarian of the State Library of Iowa and founder of the the American Association of Law Libraries. Discover more about his life and his many contributions to the State of Iowa.
Perhaps the most dramatic chapter in the history of the settlement of Iowa is comprised in the story of what for a half century was commonly known as "The Des Moines River Land Gant." This grant was the reason the Des Moines River Plat Map survey was commissioned by the State of Iowa.
Forrest Spaulding’s contributions to the Des Moines Public Library, the State of Iowa, and the United States combined to make him a legend in his own time. Spaulding championed the civil rights of all Americans, spoke out against bigotry and censorship, and authored the Library Bill of Rights in 1938 in a direct challenge to the growing intolerance in the world.
This exhibit gives the history of the Iowa Capitol cities starting with the first territorial capitol in Wisconsin before it moved to Burlington. Iowa City was the first capital city after Iowa became a state before it was moved to Des Moines.
The Iowa Library Association was established in 1890. This is a timeline of the history of the association's important events that occurred between 1890 and 2015. It is being presented in celebration of the Iowa Library Association's 125th anniversary of its founding.
Polio was no stranger to Iowa. As early as 1910, records show the virus had hit the state. Polio reoccurred every few years in Iowa but in 1940 the number of cases skyrocketed and then steadily stayed on the rise. From 1948-1950 the state averaged 1,300 cases yearly. The disease peaked at more than 3,500 in 1952.
This is a list of State Librarians of Iowa, along with their photos or portraits, and brief biographies from 1837-present.
The State Traveling Library was created in 1896 to bring library collections to all parts of the State of Iowa. It was a popular service for many years and overcame many changes as the State Library grew and evolved. As library services improved throughout the state, even in the most rural areas, the service was no longer necessary for patrons to gain access to materials but the history of the Traveling Library remains important to where libraries across the U.S. stand today.
Theodore Sutton Parvin contributed much to the State of Iowa, and was long regarded as the highest authority on Iowa history and biography. Parvin was a lifelong scholar, his contributions of early Iowa newspapers, legislative journals and session laws, long out of print and other rare publications to the State and Historical libraries have been continuous and exceedingly valuable.