Hometown Heritage Collections
at Carnegie Library Museum
Hometown Heritage at the Carnegie Library Museum has four collections which include a photograph collection, Perry newspaper archives, Perry High School Yearbook collection, and a printed book collection.
Hometown Heritage has a collection of over 15,000 digital photographs from individuals and families throughout the area. We borrowed the photographs, scanned them, and then returned them. These photographs span the families and community from 1860 to the present. We have formal portraits, casual shots of family life, landscapes, and many more. Please use the link below to access the Photograph Collection.
In 2014, the Perry newspaper microfiche archives were digitized with a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. The newspapers cover a period from 1874 to 2020. At several periods of time, more than one newspaper was published in Perry. The digital newspaper database can been searched online from anywhere with a network connection. Please use the link below to start searching the Perry newspaper archives.
We have both a print book and digital collection of Perry High School Yearbooks. The collection starts in 1917 through 1942, 1946 through 1959, and 1961 through 2008. The digital database of the yearbooks can be searched online from anywhere with a network connection. Please use the link below to start searching the Perry High School Yearbook collection.
The Carnegie Library Museum has a 3000+ book collection created in the early 2000 that has over 20 genres represented. These genres include the books from the Original Collection in 1904, a Banned Book Collection, Iowa History, a Bible Collection, an Iowa Authors’ Collection, and so forth. The Carnegie Library Museum book collection also contains books that Hometown Heritage has collected over the years. Many of these books are able to be checked out with a Perry Public Library card. The books that you cannot check out are very fragile and can only be viewed in the building. You can search for these in the Perry Public Library catalog.