ORGANIZATION: Clinton Public Library - Lyons
105 Main Avenue
Clinton, Iowa 52732
Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday by appointment.
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Archive, Library, Community Meeting Place
Clinton Corn Processing Co. Strike Oral History Project:
Clinton Historic Newspapers:
CPL-Lyons is the genealogy and local history branch of the Clinton Public Library system. It houses the non-circulating special collections that are only available onsite. These include approximately 5,000 physical volumes of books, periodicals, indexes, and other items related to genealogy, Iowa history, and the history of Clinton and surrounding counties in Iowa and Illinois. CPL-Lyons contains over 1,000 reels of microfilmed newspapers and primary source content including records documenting births, marriages, naturalization, property transactions, wills, census counts, and deaths in Clinton from 1840-1933. In addition, CPL-Lyons houses hundreds of volumes of pedigree resource files, genealogy periodicals, international genealogical resources, and how-to publications.
The largest single record group at CPL-Lyon is the Johnson-Lieferman Photograph Collection, which consists of approximately 190 linear feet of negatives, prints, invoices, indexes, account books, and other mixed archival materials. The Johnson-Lieferman Collection was acquired from an area commercial photography studio and contains both physical and digital content dating from 1941-2010. This collection is currently being processed but can be accessed by appointment.
Visitors to CPL-Lyons have access to six personal computers, three microfilm readers, imaging equipment, and free Wifi. Ancestry Library Edition is available on all computer stations at both CPL-Lyons and Main Branch. CPL also has a subscription to MyHeritage, which can be accessed both onsite and online by library card holders. For those unable to visit, CPL-Lyons staff will fulfill reference and research requests.