Get Involved!

Iowa history is not just limited to events from 50, 100, or 200 years ago…it is also yesterday, last week, last year, and a decade ago.

The preservation of Iowa history takes teamwork, and we encourage everyone to help us save the state’s newspaper legacy and ensure that the “first draft of history” is available and accessible for generations to come.

Since the 19th century, the State Historical Society of Iowa has led the way, preserving and providing public access to almost 40 million newspaper pages from across the state. Over the last decade, communities and organizations in every corner of Iowa have taken an active and vital role in these efforts.

In 2017, the State Historical Society of Iowa and Advantage Preservation teamed up with libraries and other community organizations to preserve 260,700 newspaper pages. That brings the total of preserved weekly news pages since 2003 to more than 1,578,500 – all thanks to statewide cooperation.

But there is more work to do. Currently, 242 Iowa weekly newspapers annually publish approximately 214,500 pages. And as of 2018, a backlog of 1.6 million weekly newspaper pages published since 2003 awaits preservation. Additionally, there are even older archives of approximately 3.5 million daily and weekly newspaper pages published from the 1840s through the 1960s, all awaiting preservation from paper to microfilm.

We believe the preservation of our collective history is a shared responsibility, and we encourage you to “get involved” by joining us in our mission to ensure that Iowa’s “First draft of history” is available and accessible for generations to come.

Contemporary Newspapers Yet To Be Preserved

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Adair News | Adair County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Adair Adair News 7/7/05 12/27/07
Adair Adair News 1/3/08 6/24/10
Adair Adair News 7/1/10 6/28/12
Adair Adair News 7/5/12 6/26/14
Adair Adair News 7/3/14 6/30/16

Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility of the history contained within the pages of your community’s newspaper!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Adams County Free Press| Adams County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Corning Adams County Free Press 7/1/04 12/29/05
Corning Adams County Free Press 1/5/06 6/28/07
Corning Adams County Free Press 7/5/07 12/25/08
Corning Adams County Free Press 1/1/09 6/24/10
Corning Adams County Free Press 7/1/10 12/29/11
Corning Adams County Free Press 1/5/12 6/27/13
Corning Adams County Free Press 7/4/13 12/25/14
Corning Adams County Free Press 1/1/15 6/30/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Advocate News| Muscatine County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Wilton-Durant Advocate News 4/3/14 12/25/14
Wilton-Durant Advocate News 1/1/15 9/24/15
Wilton-Durant Advocate News 10/1/15 6/30/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Afton Star Enterprise| Union County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Afton Star Enterprise 7/7/11 6/27/13
Afton Star Enterprise 7/4/13 6/25/15
Afton Star Enterprise 7/2/15 12/29/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Akron Hometowner | Plymouth County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Akron Hometowner 1/6/16 12/21/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Albia Union-Republican | Monroe County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Albia Union-Republican 1/1/15 6/30/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Altoona Herald-Mitchvle lx | Polk County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 7/7/04 12/29/04
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/5/05 6/29/05
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 7/6/05 12/28/05
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/4/06 6/28/06
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 7/5/06 12/27/06
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/3/07 6/27/07
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 7/4/07 12/26/07
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/2/08 9/24/08
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 10/1/08 6/24/09
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 7/1/09 3/31/10
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 4/7/10 12/29/10
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/5/11 9/29/11
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 10/5/11 6/27/12
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 7/4/12 3/27/13
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 4/3/13 12/25/13
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/1/14 12/31/14
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/7/15 12/30/15
Altoona Herald-Mitchvle Ix 1/6/16 12/28/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Anamosa Journal-Eureka | Jones County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Anamosa Journal-Eureka 1/7/16 9/29/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Anita Tribune | Cass County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Cass Anita Anita Tribune 1/2/14 12/31/15

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Ankeny Press-Citizen | Polk County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Ankeny Press-Citizen 3/15/06 7/26/06
Ankeny Press-Citizen 8/2/06 12/27/06
Ankeny Press-Citizen 1/3/07 6/27/07
Ankeny Press-Citizen 7/4/07 12/26/07
Ankeny Press-Citizen 1/2/08 6/25/08
Ankeny Press-Citizen 7/2/08 12/31/08

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Title & Date Range

Ankeny Register & Press Citizen | Polk County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Ankeny Register & Press Citizen 1/1/09 6/30/09
Ankeny Register & Press Citizen 7/7/09 12/29/09
Ankeny Register & Press Citizen 1/5/10 6/29/10
Ankeny Register & Press Citizen 7/6/10 12/28/10
Ankeny Register & Press Citizen 1/4/11 5/24/11

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

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Title & Date Range

Armstrong Journal | Emmet County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Armstrong Journal 7/4/12 12/25/13
Armstrong Journal 1/1/14 6/24/15
Armstrong Journal 7/1/15 12/28/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

I Would Like To Sponsor:
Title & Date Range

Audubon County Advocate-Journal | Audubon County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Audubon County Advocate-Journal 1/4/13 12/27/13
Audubon County Advocate-Journal 1/3/14 12/26/14
Audubon County Advocate-Journal 1/2/15 9/25/15
Audubon County Advocate-Journal 10/2/15 6/24/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

I Would Like To Sponsor:
Title & Date Range

Aurelia Star | Cherokee County

Each line below represents a date range of newspapers to be preserved to a reel of microfilm. If you are interested in helping to ensure that your community’s recent history is preserved for future generations  contact us today! 

Aurelia Star 7/7/11 12/26/13
Aurelia Star 1/1/14 6/29/16

Each date range listed above represents an Iowa newspaper that needs to be preserved on microfilm. Please consider sponsoring a reel for $250, and join us in our mission to ensure the preservation and accessibility to the history of your community contained within these newspapers!

Contact us to inquire about additional opportunities including the digitization of your community’s newspapers currently only available on microfilm. (Not available for all titles) 

I Would Like To Sponsor:
Title & Date Range