Helpful Downloads & Links​



How to Read Your Home's Abstract of Title 
How to Research Your Home
Abstract Summary Form 
How to Care for Your Abstract 
City of Des Moines Archive Permit Search Request Form
Researching Your Home's History Series from the Des Moines Rehabbers Club


"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

Iowa Genealogical Society
Lost Cinemas of Greater Des Moines

​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