Resource Documents at the Museum

The Dickinson County Museum is home to an extensive collection of primary source materials providing insight into the life and work of Dickinson County residents through the years.  Whether it be vintage photos, maps, newspapers, periodicals, obituaries, local history books, or files highlighting specific area topics - we have them ready for your research and enjoyment.  And, we’re happy to help you as you search!



  • Spirit Lake Beacon 1873-1985

  • Milford Mail 1890 and 1910-1969

  • Okobojian 1956-1999

  • Dickinson County Mail News 1975-1976


Court and Recorder Records:

  • Dickinson County Chattel Mortgage books 1890’s

  • Dickinson County Tax List 1915-1921, 1923

  • Dickinson County Sheriff’s Docket and Fee Book 1930’s

  • Dickinson County Township Assessor’s Roll 1927

  • Miscellaneous Wills and Other Legal Documents

  • Iowa Documents 1878-1911



  • Okoboji Protective Association Bulletins 1908-1940

  • Palimpsest

  • Okoboji Magazine 1989-present

  • Visitor Magazine 

  • On the Go Magazine

  • Vacation Okoboji Magazine

  • American Heritage 1959-1965

  • Lakes Area Maps and Brochures


Books and Resources for Historians and Genealogists:

We own the largest collection in the area of history books - local and state, early atlases and maps, platbooks,  family histories, obituaries, letters, early photos, and many files of information pertaining to the area.  


Miscellaneous Records:

  • Early Township Records

  • County School Records

  • Church Records and Scrapbooks

  • Cemetery Records

  • Roster of Iowa Soldiers 1861-1865

  • Ledgers, Appointment Books, Guest Registers from Area Businesses

  • Histories of Dickinson County Organizations and Clubs

  • Yearbooks from Milford, Terrill, and Spirit Lake


Online Records:

  • Searchable Dickinson County Newspapers

  • Genealogical databases