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.

The history of the Woman's Temperance Union of Grinnell, Iowa.

An article by Florence Steward Kerr, class of 1912, about John Brown and his relationship with J.B. Grinnell. The article was originally published in volume 1, number 2, February 1926 of The Tanager.

A letter from Fred W. Reed to Charles Payne with information on J.B. Grinnell.

The history of Grinnell College through 1952.

1960 mimeograph copy of 1847rules and regulations governing the establishment of Iowa College

Typed copy of the Articles of Incorporation for the Grinnell Literary Fund from January 1855

Special Collections and Archives exhibit brochure to accompany the exhibit Grinnell - in - Grinnell: 150 Years of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

During Grinnell's earliest days, Alumni Hall rang out with fiery debate. Do we need political parties? Should the death penalty be abolished? For over 60 years, Grinnell College's Literary Societies met to dance, converse, and hold forth on issues that are still pertinent in the 21st century. These groups were the beginning of a tradition that carries on with the impressive number of organized student groups that the campus currently enjoys. Join us as we look back at the Grinnell Literary Societies.

Professor Leonard Fletcher Parker wrote this outline of an address he was to give after J.B. Grinnell's death. He comments on both life itself and on J.B. Grinnell's notable life and accomplishments.

Two copies of a note on the life of Catherine Hastings.

Wedding invitation for Mary Chapin and Rev. Dr. David O Mears with a letter from Glenn Leggett requesting the invitation.

This page mentions J.B. Grinnell as one of the founders of the First Church in 1865. It also mentions the fact that he gave his name to a college.

A photograph of the signers of the 13 Amendment (Congress 1864)where Hon. J.B. Grinnell can be seen. A caption of the photograph is attached.

Pages of manuscript containing information about J.B. Grinnell, the college and the town

Pages from a manuscript that contains biographical information about J.B. Grinnell.

Grinnell coat of arms: "By the Name of Grinnell".

Letter to Lois Bowen and Grinnell family tree.

Drawing of the Grinnell family tree.

A collection of J.B. Grinnell's portraits

note on ancestry of John Alden.