Black history in Iowa dates back to before Iowa was officially a state. Many landmark civil rights issues such as school segregation and the rights of formerly enslaved people were addressed early in the state's history, dating back to the 1830s, though not universally enforced until a century later. Many Iowans are unaware of the rich history of Blacks in the state, from the integrated mining town of Buxton to the work of abolitionist Alexander Clark.
Many items below come from various collections within Special Collections & University Archives. Finding aids to specific collections are linked below.
A curated sample of the UNI Museum materials related to elections can be found at the tag set linked below. More materials may be found by searching the online database available on our website.