Historical Archives

Pella Public Library offers a selection of magazines, newspapers, and other primary-source media documenting historical events as they unfolded. Mainly focusing on the period from the 1950s to the present, these items are available for use anytime, but must be used in the library.

Historical events covered in the archives include:

  • Man Walks on the Moon
  • President Richard M. Nixon Resignation
  • President John F. Kennedy Assassination
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination
  • Space Shuttle Disasters
  • Persian Gulf War
  • September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks
  • Pella Tornado 2018

Decades 1950s to 1970s, including:

  • Robert Kennedy assasination
  • United States bicentennial celebration
  • Pope John Paul II's visit to Iowa
  • and more!

Decades 1980s to 2000s, including:

  • President Ronald Reagan attempted assassination
  • Great Flood of 1993
  • President Bill Clinton impeachment
  • Al Gore v. George W. Bush disputed presidential election (2000)
  • War on Terror
  • and more!