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Des Moines Public Library Postcard Collection

Contributor: Des Moines Public Library

The Des Moines Public Library Postcard Collection includes postcards depicting scenes from all over the state of Iowa. For this digital collection, we chose to focus on the Des Moines area and specifically on those postcards that had been posted. Our process of digitizing and combining both the front and back side of each unique postcard into single images makes each one more accessible to a larger audience. Each of the personal sender's messages opens a window to the past, an understanding of lives and relationships in the early 1900s.

Des Moines University Historic Photograph Collection


Contributor: Des Moines University Archives

Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center is a freestanding medical university founded in 1898 as the Dr. S.S. Still College of Osteopathy in Des Moines, Iowa. Today the university includes three colleges: the College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery; and the College of Health Sciences. This collection is a digital sample of the most popular images from the resources housed in the Kendall Reed Rare Book Room. They show the university's three campuses, early leadership, and student life.

Descartes Pascal Digital Collection

Contributor: Iowa State University Library Special Collections Department

This collection contains a selection of images from the glass plate negative collection documenting rural life in Iowa around the turn of the twentieth century, including homesteads, buildings, and the Pascal family. Descartes Pascal was a photographer, farmer, and pioneer seed corn breeder from De Witt, Iowa where he farmed, raising corn, shorthorn cattle, and Berkshire hogs.

Fairfield Iowa Buildings

Contributor:  Fairfield Public Library

Schools, churches, houses, public buildings, and businesses are included in this collection as well as town square buildings.

Fairfield Iowa Chautauqua

Contributor: Fairfield Public Library

This collection contains photographs, programs and other  items related to chautauquas held in Fairfield, Iowa during the first half of the twentieth century.

Fairfield Public Library History

Contributor: Fairfield Public Library

This collection contains historical  photographs of the Fairfield Public Library which was first known as the Jefferson County Library and was housed in the first Carnegie Building west of Pennsylvania.

Four Mounds Digital Collection

Contributor: Four Mounds Foundation, Dubuque, Iowa

Four Mounds Foundation was founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization as a means for managing and stewarding a generous gift of property willed of the City of Dubuque from the estate of Elizabeth Adams Burden upon her passing in 1982. The Burdens had a vision for the 54 acres of scenic river view property - that it be preserved for the public good and utilized for educational purposes. The foundation exists to perpetuate that vision through preservation of the estate and operation of its vocational at-risk youth program.