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, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. A print copy of The Annals of Iowa is available by subscription. Individual back issues from 1982-present are also available for sale.

The six 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 and Metadata Reuse

  • 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–

Complete metadata for all articles in The Annals of Iowa, including DOIs, is available via OAI. See our policy regarding use and reuse of our metadata.

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.

Contact Information

All correspondence, including manuscript submissions, related to The Annals of Iowa should be directed to:

Andrew Klumpp, editor
The Annals of Iowa
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

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Archiving and Preservation Status

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

Prior to September 2021, this title was hosted in Digital Commons software. That site is available in the Internet Archive.


The Annals of Iowa is hosted by the University of Iowa Libraries.