Preserving the History of the People and Places of Poweshiek County

PHPP is a collaboration between Drake Community Library and the Grinnell College libraries which seeks to build a searchable digital archive of local area history. Our goal is to provide the tools and resources to allow anyone to add to the historical record of Poweshiek County.  PHPP includes materials contributed by individuals and items from the Drake Community Library, Grinnell College and area historical museums.

If you have items to contribute, you can contact the library to arrange to have them scanned. Alternatively, items can also be submitted in digital form by individuals (higher resolution images preferred). The project is also collecting oral histories which are conducted by volunteers. For information on how to contribute items or get involved in the project see below.

Follow PHPP on Facebook

The PHPP Facebook page is a great way to reminisce or learn about local history. With over 2500 followers from around the country, there are lots of great memories shared related to the photos regularly posted to the site.

Digital Archiving

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Digital Grinnell is the permanent digital repository for items in the PHPP collection. Maintained by Grinnell College, once items are entered into the database they accessible via keyword and subject based searching for viewing and downloading from anywhere. Items are digitally protected and preserved using the highest standards.  Digital Grinnell is an incredible resource that contains a wide variety of materials from the college collections as well.



Do you have materials that might be of interest to the project? Do you wonder if they are really something that should be included? Or do you have materials that you’ve already scanned (or would like to scan yourself) and think might be nice to include?  Click below to give us some basic information on what you have. We will get in touch with you for next steps.

If you send in materials, you’ll need to fill out a release and a description form.

About the Project

PHPP Project Team (2013) Left to Right: Catherine Rod, Monique Shore, Sharon Johnson, Julia Bauder, Chris Jones.

Project Team: PHPP involves staff of both the Drake Community Library and the Grinnell College Libraries. Primary contact is Monique Shore at Drake Community Library.

This project was started as part of the ILEAD Iowa program administered by Iowa Library Services. Iowa Library Services is partnering with the state libraries in Illinois, Colorado, Ohio and Utah to implement ILEAD USA through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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