Iowa City Public Library launches an online archive of historic Iowa City newspapers

The Iowa City Public Library was featured in the Little Village Magazine this week for the launch of it’s exciting new historical newspaper archive.

With several titles available covering the Iowa City area from 1840 – 1929, community history that was previously only available at the library on microfilm has now become much easier to access. The archive created by Advantage Preservation and available at is keyword searchable and allows users to browse by title or date.

Thanks to the Iowa City Public Library this valuable archive is now available online for free. Titles available include early issues of the Iowa City Daily Press, Iowa City Republican, Iowa City Daily Republican, Iowa Citizen, Iowa City Press Citizen and Iowa City Daily Citizen.

It has “… opened a window to things. You can uncover so much more, and so much more efficiently,” Collection Services Coordinator Anne Mangano said. “Historic research is hard, going through newspaper after newspaper on a microfilm machine — your eyes miss things. This archive is going to help immensely.”

Topics of interest already uncovered in the new archive and mentioned in the article include the 1884 beer riots, tuberculosis pesthouses and poisoned ice cream!

“Having a primary resource is an invaluable way to get details and day to day information from the time period,” Information Librarian Candice Smith said. “Using a resource published after the fact is more of a review. Plus, newspapers have so much more information that you end up finding things you weren’t looking for.”

To read more from the Little Village Mag on the ICPL Archive you can find the full article online – Hard-cider, tetanus deaths and poisoned ice cream: ICPL launches an online archive of historic Iowa City newspapers. For help with the archive or any questions on the project please contact account manager Jeff B.