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Primary Sources

African American Museum of Iowa Online Collections
From the African American Museum of Iowa, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
African American Women in Iowa Digital Collection
Via the Iowa Digital Heritage Collections, part of the State Library of Iowa. Many of the items come from the Iowa Women's Archive and other archives at the University of Iowa.
George Washington Carver Digital Collection at Iowa State University
Carver, best known for his agricultural research at Tuskegee University, received his bachelor's and master's degree from Iowa State University. This collection contains a few photographs and a large number of letters written by and to Carver. 
Iowa State Bystander
The Iowa State Bystander (also known as the Bystander and Iowa Bystander) is a newspaper written by and for Iowa's African-American community. It was founded in 1894 in Des Moines. Issues from 1894 to 1922 are available at the link above, which goes to the Library of Congress's Chronicling America site.
Jack Trice Papers at Iowa State University
Jack Trice was an African-American football player for Iowa State University in the early 1920s. Iowa State's football stadium was named after him in the 1980s. 
Mujeres Latinas Digital Collection
"The Mujeres Latinas Project of the Iowa Women's Archives seeks to collect and preserve materials which document the lives and contributions of Latinas and their families to Iowa history. A portion of oral histories, clippings, postcards, text, and photographs from the project have been included in this digital collection." (Description taken from the project's home page.)
Postville Project
"The Postville Project is an initiative to preserve and exhibit the media and stories surrounding the 2008 immigration raid and the memories of the Postville, Iowa community before, during, and after that event. The collections in this project include news articles, photographs, personal papers, federal court documents, and much more." (Description taken from the project's homepage.)
Renfrow Family Materials
Photographs and other items from the Renfrow family, a prominent African-American family in Grinnell in the late 19th and early 20th century. Part of the Poweshiek History Preservation Project.

Data and Statistics

Social Explorer Restricted Resource Resource contains quantitative data
Provides access to current and historical census data and demographic information, as well as economic data, crime data, environmental data, and more. Users can create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and other social changes. Most data is for the U.S., but some data on Canada and European countries is also available.
State Data Center of Iowa
An Iowa state agency that analyzes and distributes data from the U.S. Census and other sources about the state of Iowa. Particularly good for demographic and population data.
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