Rural School Records

The Rural School Records are comprised of official records documenting the rural school system of Iowa from 1849 through 1975.  The records have been organized and arranged according to county except where records for multiple counties were kept together by Area Education Agencies. The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture maintains records collections from 87 of Iowa's 99 counties.

Unfortunately, the Rural School Records contain no records from Adair, Adams, Clarke, Clinton, Jackson, Montgomery, Muscatine, Ringgold, Scott, Taylor, Union, or Van Buren counties (for more information on the whereabouts of these counties' records, please contact us).

- State of Iowa Department of Public Instruction Forms and Publications, 1934-1973
- Area Education Agency (AEA) and Multiple-County Records
- Allamakee County Rural School Records, 1907-1970
- Appanoose County Rural School Records, 1918-1978
- Audubon County Rural School Records, 1881-1957
- Benton County Rural School Records, 1877-1973
- Black Hawk County Rural School Records, 1858-1970
- Boone County Rural School Records, 1889-1978
- Bremer County Rural School Records, 1904-1975
- Buchanan County Rural School Records, 1922-1974
- Buena Vista County Rural School Records, 1896-1975
- Butler County Rural School Records, 1866-1970
- Calhoun County Rural School Records, 1877-1975
- Carroll County Rural School Records, 1888-1975
- Cass County Rural School Records, 1872-1979
- Cedar County Rural School Records, 1879-1966
- Cerro Gordo County Rural School Records, 1900-1966
- Cherokee County Rural School Records, 1870-1978
- Chickasaw County Rural School Records, 1895-1966
- Clay County Rural School Records, 1886-1968
- Clayton County Rural School Records, 1870-1980
- Crawford County Rural School Records, 1873-1975
- Dallas County Rural School Records, 1867-1980
- Davis County Rural School Records, 1880-1975
- Decatur County Rural School Records, 1915-1920
- Delaware County Rural School Records, 1899-1965
- Des Moines County Rural School Records, 1865-1980
- Dickinson County Rural School Records, 1884-1975
- Dubuque County Rural School Records, 1907-1974
- Emmet County Rural School Records, 1882-1975
- Fayette County Rural School Records, 1909-1980
- Floyd County Rural School Records, 1905-1967
- Franklin County Rural School Records, 1896-1966
- Fremont County Rural School Records, 1890-1975
- Greene County Rural School Records, 1870-1975
- Grundy County Rural School Records, 1886-1976
- Guthrie County Rural School Records, 1918-1948
- Hamilton County Rural School Records, 1873-1968
- Hancock County Rural School Records, 1904-1974
- Hardin County Rural School Records, 1871-1980
- Harrison County Rural School Records, 1912-1976
- Henry County Rural School Records, 1863-1980
- Howard County Rural School Records, 1883-1966
- Humboldt County Rural School Records, 1896-1975
- Ida County Rural School Records, 1879-1975
- Iowa County Rural School Records, 1862-1973
- Jasper County Rural School Records, 1869-1975
- Jefferson County Rural School Records, 1845-1984
- Johnson County Rural School Records, 1873-1978
- Jones County Rural School Records, 1885-1975
- Keokuk County Rural School Records, 1947-1965
- Kossuth County Rural School Records, 1863-1975
- Lee County Rural School Records, 1863-1980
- Linn County Rural School Records, 1847-1976
- Louisa County Rural School Records, 1877-1970
- Lucas County Rural School Records, 1866-1966
- Lyon County Rural School Records, 1881-1975
- Madison County Rural School Records, 1901-1975
- Mahaska County Rural School Records, 1850-1975
- Marion County Rural School Records1865-1966
- Marshall County Rural School Records, 1881-1966
- Mills County Rural School Records, 1881-1978
- Mitchell County Rural School Records, 1905-1962
- Monona County Rural School Records, 1868-1976
- Monroe County Rural School Records, 1878-1964
- O'Brien County Rural School Records, 1875-1970
- Osceola County Rural School Records, 1876-1975
- Page County Rural School Records, 1888-1975
- Palo Alto County Rural School Records, 1901-1975
- Plymouth County Rural School Records, 1883-1975
- Pocahontas County Rural School Records, 1878-1976
- Polk County Rural School Records, 1955-1960
- Pottawattamie County Rural School Records, 1876-1979
- Poweshiek County Rural School Records, 1878-1959
- Sac County Rural School Records, 1879-1974
- Shelby County Rural School Records, 1875-1980
- Sioux County Rural School Records, 1877-1980
- Story County Rural School Records, 1890-1963
- Tama County Rural School Records, 1890-1975
- Wapello County Rural School Records, 1870-1975
- Warren County Rural School Records, 1859-1970
- Washington County Rural School Records, 1858-1969
- Wayne County Rural School Records, 1905-1973
- Webster County Rural School Records, 1859-1975
- Winnebago County Rural School Records, 1910-1973
- Winneshiek County Rural School Records, 1864-1967
- Woodbury County Rural School Records, 1877-1978
- Worth County Rural School Records, 1892-1967
- Wright County Rural School Records, 1880-1968