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Iowa Historical Newspapers

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 Rod Library has access to at least one issue of the newspaper published before 1975


2) the newspaper is available online to the general public     

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 first link below to see the library catalog record for this book, a copy of which is in the UNI Stacks.  

Click on the second link below for the catalog record of A Decade of Printing in Territorial Iowa (UNI Stacks), another book which chronicles the history of The Dubuque Visitor

Click on the third link below to access early issues of The Dubuque Visitor via Newspaper Archive (UNI CAT Id required).