LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library


Click here to read the digital versions of our history-by-letters to date.

Sign-up for our snail mail list to receive physical history-by-letter mailings covering topics on the history of LGBTQ life in Iowa. Written to you our correspondent, these letters make Iowa’s queer past accessible and familiar through their format. Each letter is footnoted so you too can explore each topic further. History-by-letters are mailed throughout Iowa, across the U.S., and even to Canada. We recommend, but do not require, a monthly donation of $2 or one lump sum donation of $20 to offset our material and mailing costs.

Our history-by-letters travel across the country (and two go to Canada!) to readers and now reach over 125 individuals and 20 organizations! Each letter is lovingly mailed to over 25 different cities in Iowa and to cities in 20 different states in the U.S. Don’t miss out on Iowa’s hottest snail mail!

If you would like to receive copies of all physical mailings to date, please donate $10 to offset our mailing and supply costs and to support our future mailings.

If you check yes, please donate $10 using our PayPal account to receive a one-time bulk mailing of all past history-by-letters by using the donate button on the right-hand side of our page.


538 S. Gilbert St.
Close House – Second Floor
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Sunday 11am-3pm

Mailing Address
PO Box 2779
Iowa City, IA 52244

(319) 512-5615

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