The online version of the University of Iowa Press' Biographical Dictionary is a website that just feels welcoming. The colorful 1934 mural, "Agriculture," featured on its homepage, and portions of it on other sections of the website remind visitors of Iowa's farming roots. In the "Introduction" tab, one of the editors makes the argument that "Iowa's cultural climate, at least in the last half of the nineteenth century, might have made it more than coincidental that 'a disproportionate share of the influential people of the 1930s came from Iowa.'" Some of these influential people include Herbert Hoover, John L. Lewis, Henry A. Wallace, and Harry Hopkins. Visitors who want to learn more about these famous figures and their Iowa roots can click on the "Browse by Name" tab at the top of the page, choose a link to the first letter of their last name, and read more about them. The "Browse by Topic" tab has over two dozen topics to choose from, including "Ornithology", "Mining", and "Invention".


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