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Early College History

Documents that record the history of Iowa College until 1909, when it officially changed its name to Grinnell College. Included are photographs, articles, and the College’s articles of incorporation.

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Grinnell College. Board of Trustees; Trustees of Iowa College. (Davenport)
1847 copy/draft of the rules and regulations governing the establishment of Iowa College

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Grinnell College. Board of Trustees; Trustees of Iowa College. (Davenport)
Document detailing rules and regulations for the establishment of Iowa College that was filed in Davenport.

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Amendment to the rules and regulations for the establishment of Iowa College dated 1852

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Original 1856 document detailing the rules and regulations for the establishment of Grinnell University

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Details the merging of property between the Grinnell Literary Fund and Iowa College

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View of Grinnell College in the 1870s. On the left is West College, built in 1867, and on the right, Central College, built in 1872. Both buildings, which constituted the entire college at the time, were destroyed in the great cyclone of 1882. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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View of two early Grinnell College buildings. West College is to the left; Central College is to the right. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Photograph of West College building on the Grinnell College campus with students posing in front. Central College building is visible to the right. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Dated February 5, 1877, this letter to J.B. Grinnell from his "Seminary Friend" also originally included a bill of sale for a slave which was taken from the archives of Charleston South Carolina. His friend praises J.B. for his many actions in combatting slavery.

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Chubbuck, Thomas M., engraver
Engraving of Iowa College, known as Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa by Thomas Chubbuck. Buildings from left to right: Chicago Hall, Blair Hall, Alumni Hall.

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Photograph of Grinnell College in the 1870s. On the left is West College, built in 1867, and on the right, Central College, built in 1872. Both buildings, which constituted the entire college at the time, were destroyed in the great cyclone of 1882. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), 1825-
A pamphlet by L.F. Parker regarding Hester Hillis and her missionary experiences at home and abroad, written on the occasion of her passing in 1887. Includes letters written by Hillis from India about her experiences.

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Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell, 1821-1891; Parker, Henry W. (Henry Webster), 1822-1903
Autobiography of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell for the years from 1850-1890.

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Herron, George Davis, 1862-1925; Gates, George Augustus, 1851-1912
Four sermons by George Herron, with an introduction by President George Augustus Gates.

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Katayama, Sen, 1859-1933
Sen Katayama's handwritten senior thesis, written in 1895, and a transcript of the paper created in 2012 by students enrolled in the Japanese 195 course.

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Volume 2, number 2 of the college catalog from 1904.

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Volume 3, number 1 of the college catalog from 1904.

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Suhling Company (Chicago, Ill.)
Color postcard of the Grinnell College campus in Grinnell, Iowa, in portrait view. No buildings are visible, only trees. Postcard is addressed to Mrs. H.M. Benson, Ames, Iowa, and is postmarked August 3, 1908, in Iowa City, Iowa. Postcard is published by Suhling Company, Chicago. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Douglass, Truman O.
A brief history of the Iowa Band and the founding of Iowa (Grinnell) College.

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Grinnell, Julia Chapin, 1827-1907
The history of the Woman's Temperance Union of Grinnell, Iowa.

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