Helpful Downloads & Links


"Bicentennial Reflections: The History of Des Moines Public Schools, 1846-1976" (1976, 1.9MB)

Researching Military Records at the State Archives of Iowa (2013, 186K)

Iowa Site Inventory Form: Casady School, 1801 16th St. (2010, 1.6MB)

"Renovate or Replace: The Case for Restoring and Reusing Older School Buildings" (3.2MB)

"Two Rivers Flowing: Recent Archaeology in Downtown Des Moines" (2005, 13.7MB)

City of Des Moines Local Landmark Nomination for Row House at 709 E. Locust (2000, 600K) 

Iowa Site Inventory Form: First Church of Christ, Scientist, 3750 Grand Ave. (2010, 2.8MB)

Nat'l Register of Historic Places Nomination: Southwest 5th Street (Jackson Ave.) Bridge (1998, 900K)

​Nat'l Register of Historic Places Nomination: Sherman Hill Historic District (1979, 4.4MB)

The Des Moines Historical Society Collecting Plan & Policy (Adopted Jan. 8, 2013; 250K)

Des Moines Community Preservation Plan (1995, 13.8MB) 

Looking for old photos of Des Moines? Try the "Lost Des Moines" Facebook page

"Des Moines Illustrated Souvenir" (1896, download or view online)

The Library of Congress American Memory Historical Collections: 

Wesley Redhead Family History, lots of great photos:

Des Moines Public Library Online Local History Resources

Des Moines Public Library Special Collections on Flickr

Des Moines Rehabbers Club

Des Moines Streetcar Friends (Facebook group)

The Drake (University) Heritage Collections

Newspaper Archive

Polk County Historical Studies (many links to online resources)

Riverview Park

Riverview Park II

State Historical Society of Iowa 

State Historical Society of Iowa Special Collections on Flickr

Research Resources

The Des Moines Historical Society currently has no facility, museum or library for researchers.

To help with your independent research, we've started a list of online resources here to get you started. 

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Listen to vintage Younkers ads

These radio advertisements were taken from acetate recordings by KRNT radio station in Des Moines, Iowa, in the late 1950s. (Audio courtesy of Mark Heggen; photo courtesy the Des Moines Public Library). Click below to listen. 

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Read the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for the downtown Des Moines Younkers Building (2010, 81pgs., 6MB PDF). Includes architectural descriptions, store history, photos and more. Click here