Linn County Archives

Find Linn County Iowa archives. Archives maintain vital, family, and genealogy records, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.


Marion Police Records Archive 3911 Katz Drive Marion IA 52302 319-377-7889


About Linn County Archives

Linn County Archives are collections of permanently valuable records that pertain to organizations, governments, or businesses in Linn County, IA. Archived records include correspondence, reports, manuscripts, minutes, and other forms of documented evidence of past events. They can be used for research and analysis of past events, establishing or verifying legal claims, and preserving Linn County history. A repository of Archives is typically housed in a building designated for that purpose. Linn County Archives include museums, churches and other faith-based organizations, universities and colleges, businesses, and genealogical groups and societies.

You may contact the Archives for questions about:
  • Linn County public records
  • Historical documents, directories, and photographs
  • Linn County military records
  • Iowa historical records
  • Genealogy records in Linn County, IA
Linn County Public Records

The Linn County government maintains Archives of Linn County public records that are available upon request. These collections include records pertaining to the proceedings of Linn County and local government, as well as materials that serve to preserve the heritage and history of the locality. In addition to government records, they may contain directories, photographs of prominent individuals and places, Linn County military records, maps, and collections from schools, civic organizations, labor unions, and businesses. Linn County Archives may be a component of the Linn County Public Library or they may be managed by a local Linn County historical society. These Linn County public records are useful to family researchers and genealogists.

Iowa Archival Records

The Iowa Archives contains historical records of the Iowa government and records collected from Linn County governments. State Archives essentially include documents connected with the political history and past administrations of IA government. In addition to serving as a repository for permanent state government records, the Iowa State Archives preserves materials that document Iowa's history.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains documents and materials created by the U.S. government, including Linn County public records, that are deemed to have an ongoing value. NARA has material at locations in seventeen states. In addition to maintaining archived records, NARA offers educational programs and workshops for the public on how to make use of archived records. Although not strictly considered Archives, NARA also manages the Federal Records Centers, the National Personnel Records Center, the Federal Register, and the presidential libraries.