Fall into the Past with ICPL


Love local history? Exploring an historical topic? Take a deep dive into the past with ICPL’s local digital newspaper collections.

Our Historical Iowa City Newspaper collection covers the earliest of the city’s printed journalism from the 1840’s to the 1920’s. Find Iowa City's major daily papers to small neighborhood weeklies.

With NewspaperArchive you can search worldwide over 10 million newspaper pages dating back to 1607 from 40 different countries and all 50 states. Find solid coverage of Iowa City newspapers from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.

New to ICPL is Newspapers.com. This full-image archive provides access to a wide variety of Iowa newspapers from 1817 through 1977. The Iowa City coverage is a little thin, but if you are exploring outside of the city, you might have some luck.

Another option is ProQuest. With ProQuest Historical Newspapers (Iowa), there is image-based coverage of the "Iowa City Press-Citizen" from 1965 to 2008, while you can search the "Des Moines Register" from 1871 to 2008. 

Looking for something more recent? ProQuest's U.S. North Central Newsstream provides access to a number of midwestern and western newspapers. You can find full-text coverage of the "Iowa City Press-Citizen" from 1999 to the present. 

Before you get started, most of the resources need a resident library card and password to log in from home. Find these research tools and more at icpl.org/resources

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