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Iowa Capitol Complex 

Contributor: Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa

Photos of the Iowa Capitol Complex were taken around 1913 when state officials decided to clean up the area around the Capitol. There were very few state buildings and monuments at that time. The Capitol was surrounded by older residential buildings and was not in an attractive area. Each photo is paired with one showing a similar view in 2010. Following the photos is the Rowley vs. Clarke case in which a lawsuit is filed by citizens of Van Buren and Wapello Counties who objected to the levying of taxes by the state to pay for the purchase of land around the Capitol grounds. The photos in the collection were used in the case to show the need for improving the Capitol grounds.

Iowa Capitol Complex Historical Documents

Contributor: Iowa Legislative Services Agency

This is a collection of historical documents compiled by staffers at the Iowa Legislative Services Agency that serves state government. They include: " Looking Back", a history of the present day Ola Babcock Miller Building originally known as the Iowa Historical Building; a history of the Iowa Capitol grounds area in Des Moines and the story of the 1904 Capitol fire in Des Moines.

Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes

Contributor: University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives

The Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes Collection contains work by the two photographers who were primary in capturing the history of the Iowa City area for over a century. Samuel Calvin, Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Iowa (1873-1911) exhibited important geological features both in and outside of Iowa with his glass plate camera, but his photographs of Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus show its history in beautiful detail. Frederick Wallace Kent followed as lecturer and instructor in photography at the University beginning in 1923, and later founded the University Photo Service in 1947. Kent captured not only university life such as sports and graduation in detail, but also photographed commercial and residential buildings off-campus in Iowa City, both from the ground and above. Together, these two photograph collections are an invaluable pictoral piece of Iowa City history.

Iowa State University Library Iowa County Histories

Contributor: Iowa State University, Special Collections

This collection contains Iowa county histories, some of which were compiled and written by the Iowa Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration.

Iowa State University Library Iowa History Collection

Contributor: Iowa State University, Special Collections

This collection contains Iowa county histories, some of which were compiled and written by the Iowa Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration.

Iowa State University Photographs Collection

Contributor: Iowa State University, Special Collections

The Iowa State University Library Special Collections Department maintains over 1,000,000 photographs. The majority of the images are about Iowa State University and focus on the activities of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. They cover the topics of agriculture, science, technology, home economics, and campus events. These digitized images are an example of what can be found in the special collections at Iowa State University.