LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library


We are busy forging relationships across the state of Iowa and gathering archival materials for our collections. As soon as collections are donated and processed, they will be publicly available for research. If you have materials to donate, please contact us directly by emailing

What we are Collecting
As the community archives for LGBTQ history in Iowa, we collect any archival materials relevant to Iowans and Iowa-based LGBTQ organizations.

What do we mean by “Iowans”?
Any and all LGBTQ people who are from, living, or have lived in the state of Iowa.

What do we mean by “Iowa-based LGBTQ Organizations”?
Any and all organizations that have or currently do exist in Iowa that advocate for, provide community space for, or are built by LGBTQ people. Types of organizations may include, but are not limited to community centers, clubs, activist organizations, support groups, book groups, and student organizations (junior high, senior high, or college).

What do we mean by “archival materials”?
Any paper documents, objects, or audio visual materials from the following lists:

Paper Documents

  • Personal letters
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Photographs
  • Newsletters
  • Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Flyers/posters
  • Brochures/pamphlets
  • Books
  • Scrapbooks
  • Yearbooks
  • Certificates/awards
  • Local Magazines
  • Dissertations: This would also include the work, or notes for the project
  • Research related to Iowa’s LGBTQ History
  • Interview transcripts
  • Protest signs


  • T-shirts
  • Buttons/pins
  • Banners
  • Art
  • Flags
  • Ephemera
  • Board games (with an LGBTQ focus)
  • Awards/trophies (sashes, medals, crowns, ribbons, plaques)
  • Signage (acceptance of donation based on size and available storage space)
  • Quilts/blankets

Audio Visual

  • Tapes
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Reel to reel tapes
  • LPs/Vinyl
  • Digital files: Audio, visual
  • Oral histories

Please email us at if you would like to donate any of the above materials, we look forward to working with you!


120 N. Dubuque St.
Wesley Center – Lower Level
Iowa City, IA 52245

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Tuesday 1-8pm
Wednesday 1-8pm
Thursday 1-8pm
Friday closed
Saturday 11am-3pm
Sunday 11am-3pm

Mailing Address
PO Box 2779
Iowa City, IA 52244

(319) 512-5615

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