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List of Resources on CF History

Resources for Cedar Falls Local History

Thomas Connors, University of Northern Iowa, 2014


Libraries and Collections

Cedar Falls Historical Society: Archives [Call ahead for appointment]

Cedar Falls Public Library: Iowa Collection

Grout Museum, Waterloo: Library & Collections [Call ahead for appointment]

Rod Library, UNI Special Collections & UNI Museum: Local History Collections

Cedar Falls Cemeteries - Printed Records

Fairview Cemetery Index, Greenwood Cemetery Index, Hillside Cemetery Index

Newspapers  (UNI Library)

Cedar Falls Gazette, 1860-1916

Cedar Falls Globe / Weekly Globe, 1889-1909

Cedar Falls Record, 1903-1983

Waterloo/Cedar Falls Daily Courier, 1859-

Newspapers.com (CF Gazette, Waterloo Daily Courier)



Cedar Falls Historical Society www.cfhistory.org

Cedar Falls Authors Festival www.cfauthorsfestival.org

Friends of Historic Cedar Falls  www.facebook/FriendsOfHistoricCedarFalls

Historical Cedar Falls  sites.google.com/site/historicalcedarfalls

I Grew Up in Cedar Falls www.networkedblogs.com/blog/i_grew_up_in_cedar_falls

UNI Special Collections www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections

Ancestry.com – census records & Waterloo / CF newspaper images [CF Public Library]

Cemetery Websites  - Findagrave   www.findagrave.com

Greenwood Cemetery Website   www.uni.edu/connors/

Fairview & Hillside Records     http://iagenweb.org/blackhawk/cemetery1r.htm#26


Architectural Styles of Cedar Falls Homes, Pts. 1 & 2, Daryl Anderson, CF Cable (2012)

Cedar Falls on the Move, CF Cable – Channel 15

The Cedar River, CF Cable – Channel 15

The Flood of 2008, CF Cable – Channel 15 (2008)

History & Architecture of Cedar Falls Schools, D. Anderson & T. Connors (2014)

History & Architecture of Main Street, 1 & 2, D. Anderson & T. Connors (2013)

History & Architecture of the University of Northern Iowa, Anderson & Connors (2014)

Ice-Cutting, Robert Hardman, CF Historical Society

The Legacy of the One Room School, CF Historical Society


Books about Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County

Biographical and Historical Record of Black Hawk County, 2 vols. (1886)

John Hartman, ed., History of Black Hawk County, Iowa and its People (1915)

Historical Tour of Black Hawk County (1996) [also on the Web]

History of Black Hawk County (Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1886)

Linda McCann, Lost Black Hawk County (2011)

Cedar Falls History

Cedar Falls Tour Guide, CF Tourism & Visitors Bureau (2nd ed., 2004)

Clarence W. Baldwin, Crossroads on the Cedar (1967)

Clarence W. Baldwin, Historical Sketches (1982)

Brian C. Collins, Images of America: Cedar Falls, Iowa (1998) historic photographs

Jack Gager, Cedar Heights: a History of a Community & a Church (1990)

Herb Hake, 101 Stories of Cedar Falls (1977)

Herb Hake, Bicentennial Outlines of Cedar Falls (1974)

Kenneth Lyftogt, From Blue Mills to Columbia (1993) Civil War units, pioneer period

Linda McCann, The Cedar Valley Road (2012) Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern RR

Peter Melendy, Historical Record of Cedar Falls (1893)

Justin and Karen Nelson, The Band Played On: History of the Cedar Falls Band (1991)

Emily O’Loughlin, Memories of College Hill  (2013) exhibit catalogue

Neva Radell, The Sartori Legacy (1985)

Glenda Riley, Cities on the Cedar (1988)

Cyndi Sweet, 19th Century Cedar Falls Hotels: Mischief, Murder & Immorality (2011)

Cyndi Sweet, Raising the Bar: a Survey of Cedar Falls Attorneys (2011)

Cyndi Sweet, Silver Celebration: a History of the Sturgis Falls Celebration (2000)

Mary Logan Sweet, Stone Ware in Cedar Falls (1984)

David Whitsett, Stories from Cedar Falls History: Faces, Places, Cases (2013)

UNI History

Marshall R. Beard, History of Religious Activities at Iowa State Teachers’ College (1937)

Irving Hart, The First 75 Years (c. 1951)

James Kelly & others, Tutors to Panthers: a Brief History of UNI Athletics (2012)

William C. Lang, A Century of Leadership and Service, 2 vols. (1990) history of UNI 

Val Martin, Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home, 1863-1876 (1983)

Clarence T. Molen, Evolution of a State Normal School into a Teachers’ College (1974)

Gerald Peterson, University of Northern Iowa (2000)

David Sands Wright, Fifty Years at the Teachers’ College (1926) early history of UNI

Cedar Falls Biographies and Memoirs

Janice Abel, Community Shapers: Conversations with Retired Women (1996)

Bess Streeter Aldrich, A Lantern in her Hand (1928) & Song of Years (1939) fiction

S.W. Barnett, Unseen Battles of the Night (1974) doctor’s memoir

Margaret McHugh Chehock, Mayor C.N. McHugh (1990)

James Hearst, My Shadow Below Me (1981) autobiography

Johnson & Sweet, Since I Started for the War (2007) [Solomon Humbert diary, letters]

Roger Leavitt, When Cedar Falls Was Young (1928) memoir

Kenneth Lyftogt, ed.   Left for Dixie: the Civil War Diary of John Rath (1991)

Alice Myers, It Seems to Me (c. 1980 or later) local newspaper columns, 1975-80

Ferner Nuhn, The Ice Wagon and Other Vanished Wonders (1981)

Ferner Nuhn, William C. Nuhn: A Memo (1980)

Carol Miles Petersen, Bess Streeter Aldrich: the Dreams Are All Real (1995) biography

Leland Sage, Turning Points: an Autobiography (1990)

Mary Logan Sweet, William Sturgis: First in Cedar Falls (1981)

Luella Wright, Peter Melendy: The Mind and the Soil (1943) biography

Vopal Gowman Youngberg, Bess Streeter Aldrich Scrapbook (1989)

Last updated August 10, 2018