About this journal

The Annals of Iowa (ISSN: 0003-4827 (Print) ISSN: 2473-9006 (Online), ISSN-L 0003-4827) is published quarterly by the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Historical Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the State of Iowa. A print copy of The Annals of Iowa is available by subscription. Most back issues are still available for sale.

The four titles published by the State Historical Society are:

Aims and Scope

The Annals of Iowa is a thought-provoking history journal to satisfy even the most serious explorer of Iowa's past. Published quarterly, The Annals of Iowa is more than a mere rehashing of historical anecdotes. The Annals examines the deeds, misdeeds, and accomplishments of our predecessors and shows you how those actions fit into the larger mosaic of Iowa's past. The journal includes articles on Iowa history and on subjects concerning the nation and the Midwest with an Iowa focus, including state, local, and regional studies of political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, institutional, ethnic, religious, material culture, archeological, and architectural history.

Indexing Information

  • America: History and Life, 1/1/1863–
  • ArticleFirst, vol.60, 2001-vol.64, no.4, 2005
  • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2009–
  • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
  • GeoRef
  • Historical Abstracts (Online), 1/1/1863–
  • IBZ — Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
  • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 01/01/1863–
  • PubMed
  • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/2009–

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Publication History

[1] (1863)–12 (1874) were published by the State Historical Society, Iowa City, and edited by S.S. Howe (1863–1864), T.S. Parvin (1865), Frederick Lloyd (1866, 1870–1874) and S.W. Huff (1867–1869).

New ser. v. 1 (1882)–3 (1884) were published and edited by Samuel Storrs Howe. The issues were also called “Howe's Annals of Iowa”

3rd series, v.1 (1893), was published by: Historical Department of Iowa, 1893–1925; Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa, 1925–1939; Iowa State Department of History and Archives, 1939–1974; Iowa State Historical Department, Historical Museum and Archives Division, 1974–1985; State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs,1985–present. The editors have been:

  • Charles Aldrich, 1893–1908;
  • Edgar Harlan, 1909–1937;
  • O.E. Klingaman, 1937–1939;
  • Ora Williams, 1939–1947;
  • Emory H. English, 1947–1958;
  • Fleming Fraker, Jr., 1958–1961;
  • Suzanne Beisel, 1961–1965;
  • Sandra Knapron, 1965–1966;
  • Jane Risdon, 1966;
  • Joan Muyskens, 1967–1969;
  • Dorothy Carlson, 1969–1971;
  • Linda K. Thomson, 1971–1972;
  • Judith Gildner, 1972–1980;
  • Christie Dailey, 1980–1988;
  • Marvin Bergman, 1988–2020;
  • Andrew Klumpp, 2020–

The State Historical Society of Iowa

The society operates from two centers, Des Moines and Iowa City. A museum, research library, state archives, special collections, community programming, historic preservation, publications, and membership programs are located at 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319, phone 515-281-5111. A research library and special collections are located at 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240, phone 319-335-3916. The society also operates several historic sites across the state.

Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. The journal allows readers to read, download, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Any other use, including distributing non-commercially, must be approved by the copyright holder. Requests for permission to reuse the articles should be sent to the State Historical Society of Iowa. The oldest content in the magazine is now public domain. Please include a complete citation when using public domain/out of copyright content from Annals of Iowa. We would prefer that you link to the content rather than reposting it elsewhere.

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Preservation Status

The Annals of Iowa is preserved in the HathiTrust, LOCKSS Archive, Portico, and the Internet Archive.


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