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This page contains a listing of Iowa state biographies. Send e-mail to Linda Suarez if you have additions to this listing.


Iowa: Its History and Its Foremost CitizensOriginal Edition.  3 Vols.  Des Moines, IA: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915-1916. - index, 52 bios online

Iowa: Its History and Its Foremost CitizensRevised, Home and School Edition by Brigham Johnson.  2 Vols.  Des Moines, IA: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918. - index, 42 bios online

History of Iowa From the Earliest Times To The Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Volume IV, Iowa Biography, B. F. Gue, 1903. - index, 414 bios online

Iowa Leaves by Clara Belle Rouse. Chicago: Illinois Printing and Binding Co., 1891. 451 pages.

A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with Special Treatment of their Chief Enterprises in Education, Religion, Valor, Industry, Business, etc. by Edgar Rubey Harlan, LL. B., A. M., Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa.  Iowa Biography (Gratuitously Published) Selected and Prepared by by Special Staff of Writers of The American Historical Society, Inc.  The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1931.


The following histories are listed in the catalog of the ISU Parks Library and were submitted by Richard Barton:

Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa, Leaders in Business, Politics and the Professions;  together with an original and authentic history of the state; by ex-Lieutenant-Governor B. F. Gue.  Des Moines:  Conaway & Shaw,  1899.  2 volumes.  - index, 38 bios online

An Illustrated History of the State of Iowa: being a complete civil, political, and military history of the state from its first exploration down to 1875, by Charles R. Tuttle; assisted by Daniel S. Durrie.  Chicago: R. S. Peale, 1876. - index, 3 bios online

The Iowa Legislature of 1896; containing biographical sketches of the members of the 26th General Assembly of Iowa, the State officers and members of Congress, by Willis L. Hall.  Des Moines, 1895. - index, 3 bios online

A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa.  Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1896.  1187 p. - index, 83 bios online

Recollections and Sketches of Notable Lawyers and Public Men of Early Iowa, belonging to the first and second generations, with anecdotes and incidents illustrative of the time, by Edward H. Stiles.  Des Moines:  Homestead Pub., 1916. - index, 40 bios online

The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men.  Iowa volume.  Chicago, New York: American Biographical Publishing Company, 1878. - index, 19 bios online

The Red Men of Iowa:  being a history of the various aboriginal tribes whose homes were in Iowa; sketches of chiefs, traditions, Indian hostilities, incidents and reminiscences; with a general account of the Indians and Indian wars of the Northwest; and also an appendix relating to the Pontiac war, by A. R. Fulton.  Des Moines:  Mills & company, 1882. (Note:  This copy is brittle and not available to the public but is still listed in catalog.) - index, 3 bios online

Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes...by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall [1967]  Reprint of History of the Indian tribes of North America ... Vol. 1. Philadelphia, F. W. Greenough, 1838. - index, 7 bios online

Annals of Iowa.  A historical quarterly.  v. 1-12, 1863-74;  New Series, v. 1-3, 1882-84;  3d series, v. 1-  Apr. 1893-. - index, 107 bios online

The Story of Iowa by William Justin Harsha. Omaha, Neb.: Central West Co., 1890. - index, 6 bios online

History of Western Iowa, its settlement and growth. A comprehensive compilation of progressive events concerning the counties, cities, towns, and villages--biographical sketches of the pioneers and business men, with an authentic history of the state of Iowa. Sioux City: Western Publishing Company, 1882. - index, all 1188 bios online*

The Presbyterian Church in Iowa, 1837-1900. Prepared by Committee of Synod of Iowa. Joseph Welton Hubbard, D. D. Chairman. Cedar Rapids, Jones & Wells, 1907. - index, 66 bios online

History of the Upper Iowa conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, 1856-1906 / Stephen Norris Fellows. Cedar Rapids, IA: Laurance Press Co., 1907. - index, 5 bios online

The Makers of Iowa Methodism: a twentieth-century memorial of the pioneers by Aaron W. Haines. Cincinnati: Printed for the author by Jennings & Pye, c1900. - index, 17 bios online

A. T. Andreas Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875. Published by Andreas Atlas Corp., Chicago. Reprint: Iowa City, Iowa, State Historical Society, 1970. - index, 22 bios online

Iowa Historical Record v1-18; 1885-1902 - index, 12 bios online


Northwestern Iowa: Its History and Traditions 1804-1926, Comprising the Counties of Woodbury, Monona, Plymouth, Cherokee, O'Brien, Sioux, Lyon, Osceola, Sac, Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Ida, Crawford, Carroll and Greene.  S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1927.

"History of Medicine in Iowa", D.S. Fairchild, M.D., F.A.C.S., reprinted from The Journal of the Iowa State Medical Society. - index*, all bios online*