This page is dedicated to providing a listing of resources relevant to the history of Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Photo of MVHPC Archives in City Hall
MVHPC Archives in City Hall

Mount Vernon Resources

Houses Have Architectural History

Architectural/Historical Sites Survey – Mount Vernon, Iowa – The Hill City

External Resources

  • National Register of Historic Places
    The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.
  • Cornell College Archives
    The mission of the Cornell College Archives is to provide an institutional record of the College and to document its activities. In pursuit of this mission, we identify, collect, organize, preserve, and make available college records and personal papers of enduring value from faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college for use by the college community and by the general public. The Digital Archive provides access to a variety of images and texts from the Archives, including the collection of Royal Purple Yearbooks.
  • State Historical Society of Iowa
    The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, it maintains a museum, two research centers, preservation office, and eight historic sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.
  • Portrayal Mount Vernon.
    A Greetings From Iowa YouTube video highlighting an art event that has local artists come and create art based on the historic and picturesque features of the community.
  • Preservation Iowa
    Building partnerships that enhance our economic and cultural future through the preservation of Iowa’s historic resources.
  • Why Do Old Places Matter?  National Trust for Historic Preservation
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects and celebrates America’s diverse history.
  • Sanborn Maps Available Online
    The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division. The online checklist is based upon the Library’s 1981 publication Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress and will be continually updated to reflect new acquisitions.
  • Building Technology Heritage Library
    The BTHL was one of the first collections of period trade catalogs to use the platform of the Internet Archive. We are not the only one using this great access portal to digital archives. Several other cultural institutions and private collectors have now set up trade catalog archives. Some of these are directly related to the built environment and include topics that would be of interest to the wide range of BTHL users. Because these topics have their own special “home pages” on the Internet Archive, we are no longer adding these materials to the BTHL, unless they are unique materials that no one else has. We hope that other institutions take up the task of digitizing trade literature, which usually does not exist in the major library collections that are being digitized.

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