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Fleming Fraker Postcard Collection


Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Des Moines


Ackley to Bloomfield

Boone to Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids to Corydon

Council Bluffs to Elkader

Elkport to Havelock

Hawarden to Lewis

Lidderdale to Marquette

McGregor to Osceola

Oskaloosa to Shenandoah

Sidney to Washta

Waterloo to West Burlington

West Liberty to Zion City and single postcards


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Collection Overview

Title: Fleming Fraker Postcard CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: MS/MS 01.80

Primary Creator: Fraker, Fleming

Extent: 9.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by town, with the exception of Des Moines and Davenport which are in the first five boxes

Date Acquired: 00/00/1999

Subjects: Iowa--History--19th century, Iowa--History--20th century, Iowa--History--Pictorial works, Postcards

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Fraker collection of postcards consists of approximately 7,000 cards, depicting 501 Iowa cities and towns. The cancellation dates on the postcards range from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1960’s, although most cards date from circa 1910. The collection is arranged alphabetically. All towns with two or more cards are filed individually, while towns with only one card are filed at the beginning of their letter group. In box 17, there are several miscellaneous cards, including book cards, military cards, and unidentifiable cards. The book postcards of Iowa feature either towns or the state as a whole. There are also several postcards from military institutions across the United States. The unidentifiable cards are handmade, but were never sent through the mail and do not indicate their town. These cards depict a wide range of subjects, including people, homes, and businesses.

There are also approximately 1,200 postcards of Des Moines, as well as 1,000 views of Davenport. In addition, Ottumwa has three postcards of double length that portray panoramic views of the city. These are in box 14.

There are two scrapbooks in the manuscript collection; one is of the county courthouses of Iowa and the second is filled with postcards from Des Moines. These are both located at the end of the collection.

Subject/Index Terms

Iowa--History--19th century
Iowa--History--20th century
Iowa--History--Pictorial works

Administrative Information

Repository: Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections

Access Restrictions: Open for research

Acquisition Source: The estate of Mr. Fleming Fraker.

Acquisition Method: Purchase

Related Materials: Images of many postcards are available in the Historic Iowa Postcards Collection, available through PDID (Pioneer Digital Image Database). For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Fleming Fraker Historic Iowa Post Card Collection, Grinnell College Libraries, Department of Special Collections, Grinnell, Iowa. MS 01.80.

Other Note: Also acquired were a collection of books about Iowa and are available by searching the library catalog at

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1-3: Des Moines],
[Box 4-5: Davenport],
[Box 6: Ackley to Bloomfield],
[Box 7: Boone to Cedar Rapids],
[Box 8: Cedar Rapids to Corydon],
[Box 9: Council Bluffs to Elkader],
[Box 10: Elkport to Havelock],
[Box 11: Hawarden to Lewis],
[Box 12: Lidderdale to Marquette],
[Box 13: McGregor to Osceola],
[Box 14: Oskaloosa to Shenandoah],
[Box 15: Sidney to Washta],
[Box 16: Waterloo to West Burlington],
[Box 17: West Liberty to Zion City and single postcards],
[Box 18: Scrapbooks],

Box 1-3: Des MoinesAdd to your cart.

(Note: postcards are arranged alphabetically within respective categories)

Hospitals/homes: Benedict Home, Broadlawns Hospital, Home for the Aged, Lutheran Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Ramsey Home, Veterans Hospital

Capitol Complex: Views of the Capitol, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, artwork within the capitol complex (including Terrace Hill), Terrace Hill, old Governor’s Mansion, Grimes Building

Parks and Miscellaneous: Birdland Park, Des Moines River, Grand View Park, Greenwood Park, Ingersoll Park, Riverview Park, South park, Water Works Park, Union Park, miscellaneous small parks, Des Moines Airport, Des Moines water tower, other miscellaneous<


Colleges: AIB, Des Moines University, Des Moines Catholic, Drake University, Highland Park College

High schools: East, Lincoln, Webster, West

Iowa State Fairgrounds

Conglomerate cards (containing more than one scene; i.e., Welcome to Des Moines!)

Buildings: Salisbury House, Hyperion golf course, Successful Farming Headquarters, State Historical Building, Polk County Courthouse, Auditorium, Art Center, Municipal Building, Des Moines post office/library

Churches: Congregational, Methodist, St. Ambrose Catholic, Central Church of Christ, Central Presbyterian, Church of Christian Scientists, University Church of Christ, view of the Seven Towers, Swedish Lutheran Church

Hotels: Brown, Chamberlain, Commodore, Fort Des Moines, Kirkwood, Savery, Victoria, Wellington, Irwin

Buildings: Equitable, Equitable of Life, YMCA, New Hubbell, Des Moines, banks, YWCA, Yeoman Castle, Masonic temples (including Scottish Rite), Fleming, Union Depot, misc. buildings

Street and Bridges: Sixth Avenue, Locust Street, Locust St. Bridge, Walnut Avenue, Walnut Ave. Bridge, Court Avenue, West 4th Street, side streets

Views of the city

Camp Dodge

Fort Des Moines

Box 4-5: DavenportAdd to your cart.
Box 6: Ackley to BloomfieldAdd to your cart.

Ackley, Adair, Adel, Albia, Alden, Algona, Allerton, Amana, Ames, Anamosa, Andrew, Anita, Anthon, Arlington, Armstrong, Arthur, Aspinwall, Atlantic, Audubon

Battle Creek, Baxter, Beaman, Bedford, Bellevue, Belmond, Beloit, Bettendorf, Blairstown, Bloomfield

Box 7: Boone to Cedar RapidsAdd to your cart.

Boone, Boyden, Braddyville, Brainard, Bridgewater, Brighton, Bristow, Britt, Brooklyn, Burlington

Calmar, Carlisle, Casey, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids

Box 8: Cedar Rapids to CorydonAdd to your cart.
Cedar Rapids (cont.), Center Point, Centerville, Central City, Chariton, Charles City, Charlotte, Cherokee, Clarinda, Clarion, Clarkesville, Clear Lake, Clinton, Colfax, Columbus Junction, Coon Rapids, Corning, Corwith, Corydon
Box 9: Council Bluffs to ElkaderAdd to your cart.

Council Bluffs, Cresco, Creston

Davenport (in Boxes 4-5),  Dawson, Decorah, Defiance, Des Moines (in Boxes 1-3), Deep River, Delmar, Denison, DeWitt, Doon, Dows, Dubuque, Dumont, Dyersville

Eagle Grove, Earlham, Earlville, Eddyville, Edgewood, Eldon, Eldora, Elkader

Box 10: Elkport to HavelockAdd to your cart.

Elkport, Elliot, Elma, Emerson, Emmetsburg, Epworth, Estherville, Exira

Farley, Farmersburg, Farmington, Farnhamville, Farragut, Fayette, Festina, Fonda, Fontanelle, Forest City, Fort Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison

Galland, Galva, Garden Grove, Garnavillo, Garner, Garrison, Gilmore City, Gilman, Girard, Glenwood, Graettinger, Grand Mound, Granger, Granville, Greeley, Greene, Greenfield, Gregory, Grinnell , Griswold, Goldfield, Goodell, Guttenberg

Hamburg, Hampton, Harlan, Hartley, Havelock

Box 11: Hawarden to LewisAdd to your cart.

Hawarden, Hawkeye, Hiteman, Holstein, Hopkinton, Hospers, Hubbard, Hudson, Hull, Humeston

Independence, Indianola, Inwood, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Iowa (State of)

Jefferson, Jewell

Kalona, Kanawa, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Klemme, Knoxville

Lake City, Lake Mills, Lake Okoboji, Lamoni, Lansing, La Porte, Larchwood, Latimer, Laurens, Le Claire, Lehigh, Le Mars, Lenox, Leon, Lewis

Box 12: Lidderdale to MarquetteAdd to your cart.

Lidderdale, Linn Grove, Littleport, Livermore, Lone Tree, Low Moor, Luverne, Luzerne, Lyons

Madrid, Manchester, Manilla, Manson, Mapleton, Maquoketa, Marble Rock, Marion, Marshalltown, Mason City, Massena, Marquette

Box 13: McGregor to OsceolaAdd to your cart.

McGregor, Mechanicsville, Melbourne, Menlo, Miles, Missouri Valley, Mitchellville, Monona, Montezuma, Monticello, Moravia, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Ayr, Mt. Pleasant, Mount Union, Mount Vernon, Muscatine

Nashua, Nevada, Newell, New Sharon, Newton, Niagara Cave, Nora Springs, North English, Northwood, Norway

Ocheyedan, Odebolt, Oelwein, Ogden, Okoboji, Onawa, Orange City, Osage, Osceola

Box 14: Oskaloosa to ShenandoahAdd to your cart.

Oskaloosa, Ossian, Ottumwa, Oxford Junction

Panora, Parkerburg, Pella, Perry, Plainfield, Polk County, Postville, Preston


Red Oak, Red Rock, Reinbeck, Ridgeway, Rippey, Riverton, Rockford, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, Rudd, Russell, Ruthven, Ryan

Sabula, Sac City, Sanborn, St. Charles, Shell Rock, Scranton, Sheldon, Sheffield, Shenandoah

Box 15: Sidney to WashtaAdd to your cart.

Sidney, Sigourney, Sioux City, Sioux Rapids, Spillville, Spirit Lake, Springville, Stanton, State Center, Story City, Strawberry Point, Sumner, Sutherland

Tabor, Tama, Tipton, Traer


Valley Junction, Van Horn, Villisca, Vinton

Wadena, Wapello, Washington, Washta

Box 16: Waterloo to West BurlingtonAdd to your cart.
Waterloo, Waucoma, Waukon, Waverly, Weldon, Wellman, Wesley, West Bend, West Branch, West Burlington
Box 17: West Liberty to Zion City and single postcardsAdd to your cart.

West Liberty, West Point, Wheatland, Whittier, Winfield, Winterset, Woodbine, Wyoming

Zion City

Single Postcards:

Ainsworth, Akron, Alexander, Allerton, Allison<, Alta, Ankeny, Aredale, Arion, Arnolds Park, Aurelia, Avoca

Badger, Bagley, Baldwin, Barnes, Batavia, Beulah, Boyer, Blockton, Blue Rapids, Bode, Bonaparte, Booneville, Blossburg, Buttonwood Farm, Bradgate, Breda, Buckeye, Buffalo Center, Buxton

Camanche, Cascade, Cassville, Castana, Charter Oak, Cincinnati, Clarence, Clayton, Clearfield, Clermont, Conrad, Correctionvile, Covington, Crawfordsville, Cumberland, Cushing

Dallas Center, Davis City, Dayton, Delaware, Delhi, Delphos, Dickins, Dolliver, Dorchester, Dougherty, Dublin, Dunkerton, Dunlap, Durfee

Earling, Earlville, Elk Horn, Elwood

Fairbank, Finchford

Gamlin, Grand Junction, Grant Center, Green Mountain

Harcourt, Harpers Ferry, Huxley

Ionia, Iowa River, Irwin


Kellerton, Kellogg, Kensett, Keswick, Keystone

Lake Park, Lakewood, Lamoille, Ledyard, Libertyville, Lime Springs, Lineville, Liscomb, Little Rock, Little Sioux, Lohrville, Lost Nation, Lowden, Lowell, Luana, Luther, Lynnville, Lytton

Mabry Mill, Macksburg, Manly, Manning, Mapleleaf, Maurice, Maxwell, Maynard, McIntire, Mediapolis, Milford, Milton, Mineola, Mordale, Monmouth, Montour, Montrose, Murray

New Hartfod, New London, New Market, New Munich, New Providence, Numa

Oakdale, Oakville, Olin, Onslow, Otter Creek, Ottosen

Paullina, Peosta, Persia, Pleasantville, Pocahontas, Prairieburg, Prole, Protivin, Pulaski


Radcliffe, Readlyn, Remsen, Renwick, Rockwell, Rolfe, Rowley, Rutland

Salem, Seneca, Redfield, Shellsburg, Sioux Center, Soldier, Solon, Stanwood, Steamboat Rock, Stockport, Swisher

Thornton, Toledo, Tompson, Tripoli

Union, University Park

Van Meter, Ventura, Vernon, Victor, Volga City

Walcott, Watkins, Whiting, Whittemore, Wilton, Williams, Wiota

Box 18: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.

Scrapbook of county courthouses

Scrapbook of Des Moines postcards

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