About this journal

The Palimpsest (ISSN: 0031-0360 (Print) ISSN: (2638-4086) (Online), ISSN-L 0031-0360) was a historical magazine published the State Historical Society of Iowa from 1920 to 1996. It was continued by Iowa Heritage Illustrated.

Publication History

The Palimpsest was published monthly from 1920-1972, bimonthly from 1973-1985, and quarterly after 1986.

Back issues are available.


  • John C Parish, 1920–August 1922
  • John Ely Briggs, September 1922–1945
  • Ruth A Gallaher, 1946–September 1948
  • William John Petersen, October 1948–September 1972
  • Peter T. Harstad and L. Edward Purcell, October 1972–January/February 1975
  • L. Edward Purcell, March/April 1975–1977
  • Charles Phillips, 1978–1979
  • William Silag, 1980–1982
  • Mary K. Fredericksen, 1983–1986
  • Ginalie Swaim, 1987–1995

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 magazine 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.

Copyright and Licenses

The author may include the officially published version of the article (version of record) in an institutional or disciplinary repository, provided the posting includes a prominent statement of the full bibliographical details, and a link to the online edition of the magazine.

Indexing Information

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

Usage Information

Download counts are displayed for each article. COUNTER usage statistics are not available.

Preservation Status

The Palimpsest is preserved in the Hathi Trust and Portico.

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


The Palimpsest is hosted by the University of Iowa Libraries.

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