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Iowa Historical Newspapers: Start Here

About This Guide

This guide is intended to help in locating older Iowa newspapers, either online, on microfilm, or in print. 

The criteria for adding newspaper titles to this guide: 1) the newspaper is available to those affiliated with UNI and to people using the Rod Library building, and 2) Rod Library has access to at least one issue of the newspaper published before 1975.

First Newspaper in Iowa

The first newspaper in Iowa was The Dubuque Visitor, established in 1836 before Iowa was a state.   The current Dubuque paper, the Telegraph Herald, can trace its history back to the Visitor.

Pages from the first issue of the Visitor are reproduced in the book The Pageant of the Press: a Survey of 125 Years of Iowa Journalism 1836-1961.   Click the second link below to see the library catalog record for this book, a copy of which is in the UNI Stacks.  


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Jerilyn Marshall
Rod Library
University of Northern Iowa
1227 W. 27th St.
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-3675