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About Michael


The Lemberger Collection

In more than 60 years as an active photographer, Michael W. Lemberger took thousands of photographs. He also assembled a collection of historic photos dating from glass negatives from the 1890s to the current day.

The Lemberger Collection includes images of important figures and everyday people.

Mr. Lemberger's family intends to donate the collection -- both his own images and the ones he acquired -- to a public institution where they will be preserved and made available.

50 years of Iowa politics and politicians is now online at

The Iowa Digital Library

"Michael Lemberger is a remarkable photographer, and has had a remarkable, and remarkably long, career documenting Iowa people and Iowa events,” said Sid Huttner, Head of Special Collections & University Archives (retired) at the University of Iowa Libraries.  “Few journalists have covered such a range of personalities, fires, floods, barns, buildings, flowers, animals, picnics and Papal visits; and his tens of thousands of images are carefully organized and described. ”

"The Lemberger Collection is the largest and best-documented privately-owned collection of photographs in the world," said Loren N. Horton, Senior Curator of the Iowa State Historical Society (retired).

Read the story from the Iowan magazine about the collection


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