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.

Walker, Waldo S.
A timeline of facts related to Grinnell College history, including enrollment, tuition, and building information.

Rod, Catherine; Glass, Rachel; Powers, Jim; Vanney, Kathryn
Special Collections and Archives exhibit brochure to accompany the exhibit Grinnell - in - Grinnell: 150 Years of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Lenertz, Diane; Dunnington, Sam
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.

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.

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

Letter to Lois Bowen and Grinnell family tree.

Drawing of the Grinnell family tree.

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

note on ancestry of John Alden.

Page 1 is a list of the descendants of John Alden, page 2 is the list of marriages.

List of descendants of John Alden.

This collection of transcribed correspondence between J.B. Grinnell and various parties ranges in dates from May of 1868 to January of 1870. In the letters, Grinnell sends updates to Washington as he attempts to secure the purchase of certain neutral lands from the Cherokee Indians. The accusation that J.B. Grinnell accepted bribes for pushing the deal through is also covered in this correspondence, as is Grinnell's response.

Seabury, John Alden
Letter addressed to Mrs. David O. Mears on compiling a book of the descendants of John Alden, with a list of descendants on the back.

Herron, George Davis, 1862-1925
An address delivered by George Herron to the Minnesota Congregational Club.

Note of descendants of Walter Grinnell.