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The Archive has resources and information about Mason City history, including historical documents and photos, city directories and artifacts, and the MCPL Autograph Collection.

Please call 641.421.2721 for more information or to make an appointment.

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Just a few pictures from the thousands of local historical images to be found in the History Department of the Mason City Public Library.

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Mason City, Iowa, An American Image

The image of America that Mason City, Iowa presents is one that we can see in most of the rest of the country.  Mason Cityans reacted to the crises and triumphs of the nation the same as their fellow citizens.  And while the city has visually imitated the national trends, it also developed its own culture and moved in directions that differentiated it from the national milieu.  Today, Mason City’s unique contribution to the nation’s culture can be seen as we study and understand its past.   Please enjoy the slide show below.

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Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection is an essential genealogy tool and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online. Home access is not available for this database.

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Heritage Quest Online provides tools to search family history. Search census, books, the United States Serial Set, genealogy and local history articles and more.

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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.