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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.
Faculty Scholarship
Publications, working papers, performance programs, and other materials that document that scholarly and creative accomplishments of Grinnell College faculty and staff.
Faulconer Art
The Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Art Collection includes over 4000 works of art, featuring works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs), many in portfolios. The collection spans Medieval to contemporary art, with a strength in 20th and 21st-century European and American art. The collection also includes paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, along with small holdings of African, Pueblo, Seri, and Near Eastern material. Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts serves as the College’s art museum, presenting changing exhibitions and providing a separate print room in Burling Library for study of the collection.
George Washington Cook Correspondence, 1857-1860
Correspondence between a Grinnell citizen, George Washington Cook, and family and acquaintances between 1857 and 1860.
Grinnell College Buildings
Images and documents that record Grinnell College’s current and previous buildings.
Grinnell College Campus Collections
Primary source materials from collections across campus, including the Grinnell College Physics Museum, the former Parker Natural History Museum, the Classics Department Roman coin collection, and the Libraries' Historic Iowa Postcard Collection.
Jimmy Ley Collection
James “Jimmy” J. Ley attended Grinnell College for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. Ley’s papers include an extensive series of correspondence written by Ley during his time at Grinnell and in the army air force, as well as personal items, photographs, and military documents.
John Kleinschmidt Architectural History Collection
John Kleinschmidt was a professor of French at Grinnell College with a passion for local history. This collection features many of the documents and photographs that he compiled about the history of both the Grinnell College campus and the greater Grinnell community.
Life at Grinnell College
Event programs, photographs, and other records that document student life on and around the Grinnell College campus.
Poweshiek History Preservation Project
PHPP is a digital archive of the Poweshiek County area that includes materials contributed by individuals and items from the Drake Community Library, Grinnell College and area historical museums. PHPP volunteers can help scan items contributed by individuals by appointment. Items can also be submitted in digital form by individuals. The project is also collecting oral histories which are conducted by volunteers.
Social Justice at Grinnell
Since its very earliest days, the faculty, students and staff of Grinnell College have been committed to the cause of social justice, a tradition that can be traced backed to the abolitionist views of the College's founders. Grinnell College has been a stop on Underground Railroad, a center of the Social Gospel Movement and a key contributor of leaders to Roosevelt's New Deal. Today, this spirit of service is alive and well, with organizations like the Voicebox working to coordinate the wide variety of student groups struggling for social equality.
Student Scholarship
Selected academic work created by students at Grinnell College, including research papers, research posters, creative work, and related materials. Mentored Advanced Projects provide students opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on scholarly research or the creation of a work of art. The Frederick Baumann Prize was established in 1993 and funded by David "51 and Audrey Lowe "52 Hammer. It honors Frederick Baumann, professor of history at Grinnell from 1927 to 1954, and is awarded each spring to the student who writes the best interdisciplinary and historical essay on the general topic of "Ideas and Society."
Syllabi and Curricular Materials
Syllabi, handouts, and related materials created by Grinnell College faculty for courses at Grinnell.

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