Our archival collections focus on the history of Grinnell, Iowa, and the surrounding area. These physical archives include microfilm of area newspapers from 1871 to the present, city directories, records of many local organizations, Grinnell High School yearbooks, and various personal papers and photographs. All materials are kept in a secure, climate-controlled room in the library. These physical archive materials are only accessible with staff supervision. Staff are available to help with your research needs and can assist with basic archive questions as availability allows. You can make an appointment with the archivist on this page.
Click on Search Archives Contents to explore our shelved collections, pamphlet files, family collections, by keyword. [Note: The search database is a subcollection within the local history collections database maintained by Grinnell College.] You can also see a list of our area authors collection (pdf document).