Media Artifacts

Browse this collection of photos, videos, maps, and more. You may be surprised at what you uncover.

Time Frame Artifact Type Titlesort descending
1930s Video Rural Midwest Farm Life in the Early 20th Century In the early twentieth century, life on the farm was challenging but families were very self-sufficient. Farmers were able to...
1920 Photo 'Inpassable' Dirt Road This handmade sign warned drivers that the road was impassable. (The sign maker wasn't a good speller!) Before hard-surfaced roads,...
1656 Photo 1656 map showing the uncharted west A map of the undiscovered western United States. This early map shows how little was known about the western part...
1938 Photo 1909 Maytag touring car 1909 Maytag Touring Car on display at the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, 1938.
1862 Photo 6th Iowa Cavalry, 1862 6th Iowa Cavalry during the Civil War. Their headquarters were in Dakota. 1862.
1975 Video A Big Leap for Iowans Former US Ambassador to Cambodia Kenneth M. Quinn talks about Iowans welcoming refugees from Southeast Asia in 1975.
Early to Mid 1900's Video A Good Horse Made All the Difference The planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops were dependent on a good horse.
1979 Video A Legacy Continues Former chief of the Bureau of Refugee Services Wayne Johnson talks about the roles former Iowa Governor Robert Ray and...
ca. 1910 Photo A man stands in the doorway of a sod home on his farmstead A man stands in the doorway of a sod home on his farmstead. Due to a lack of trees many...
1980s Video A Short-Lived Agriculture Boom Leads to the 1980s Farm Crisis Extensive land loans, high land prices, and low interest rates combine in the 1970s to build the short-lived agricultural boom...
2003 Video A Survivor’s Story A Guatemalan native adopted by Iowans tells of life in her war-torn homeland where her parents were massacred and she...
1975 Video A Wonderful Risk Former president of the Des Moines Register, Michael Gartner, talks about the risks involved with welcoming refugees to a state.
1980s Video Activisim During the 1980s Farm Crisis Farmers, politicians, and activists rally around the 1980s farm crisis.
1925 Photo Advertisements on Bridge, ca. 1925 Advertisements on Chicago Great Western Railroad underpass on the Lincoln Highway - U.S. 30 on east edge of Carroll. Note...
1910s Video African-American Athletes at the University Dr. Philip Hubbard (1921-2002), first African-American professor at the University of Iowa, recalls early athletes.
1910s-1930s Video African-American Legal Associations Charles P. Howard Jr. (1921-1994), a former president of the National Bar Association, discusses discrimination faced by black attorneys.
Late 1940s Video African-Americans Labeled Communists Charles P. Howard Jr. (1921-1994), prominent attorney and former president of the National Bar Association, talks about black activists who...
1929-1939 Video Agriculture Adjustment Act Through the Agriculture Adjustment Act the government asked farmers to stop farming some of their land in order to balance...
1850s Video Alexander Clark and Early Abolitionists Before the Civil War, there were many abolitionists living in Eastern Iowa where Alexander Clark lived. Within a short time,...
1867 Video Alexander Clark and the First Successful School Desegregation Case in the United States In 1867, an African-American businessman named Alexander Clark filed a lawsuit against the Muscatine, Iowa, school district for denying his...