Below are links to a few of the documents from our archive collection that have information related to historic properties in Grinnell. This is by no means a complete list of what we have available, but is merely a starting point of some of the most commonly used materials. Several of the materials were compiled by volunteers when the residential district west of the college was added to the National Registry of Historic Places.
For a small number of properties we may have specific information in our collection (less than 20% of residential properties). We have the most information for the commercial district and the historic district on the north side of town. You can try searching your address (just house number and street) in Digital Grinnell to see if a historic photo of the property is included in that collection. Search Digital Grinnell here.
Documents on Grinnell Architecture
Domestic Architecture in Grinnell 1854 to WWI (paper by Pat Murphy in 1976)
Maps & Directories
Sanborn Insurance Maps Available years 1883, 1888, 1893, 1898, 1906, 1911, 1922, 1932 (Library of Congress)
1914 Poweshiek County Plat Book (from Library of Congress)