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Research & Archives

Research & Archives

The historical collections of the Dubuque County Historical Society and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium preserve and interpret the rich history of Dubuque, the Mississippi River, and the rivers of America. Our collections include a significant record of the people and culture of the Mississippi River Valley and Dubuque County, presenting a comprehensive look at Native American life, settlement, boat building, commerce, river art, music, literature, conservation, and more. The collections are unique and widely interdisciplinary.

Books from Collection

The Captain William D. Bowell, Jr. River Library & Archives, housed at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, has thousands of items available 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.

Research, Copying, & Image Reproduction Fees

For more information on our policies surrounding research, copying and image reproduction, including duplication fees and usage and publication fees, please follow the link below. 


Research Requests

The archives and library are open by appointment only. For specific inquiries, please complete the form below for our staff to better assist you in your research. For basic inquiries, you are encouraged to call 563-557-9545 x310 to schedule an appointment.