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.
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.