The Captain William D. Bowell, Jr. River Library, housed at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, has thousands of items for research. Among them are historic photographs, books, blueprints, original documents, and other reference materials. The collection also includes materials related to National Rivers Hall of Fame inductees and important river people.

The Archives and Bowell Library welcomes researchers interested in the history of Dubuque and Dubuque County, as well as river history and culture.

The Archives and Library are open by appointment. Please complete the Research Request Form and staff will contact you to make arrangements.

A selection of the Dubuque County Historical Society’s collections is also available online.

Visit the Online Collection

Bowell Library