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.

1847 copy/draft of the rules and regulations governing the establishment of Iowa College

Document detailing rules and regulations for the establishment of Iowa College that was filed in Davenport.

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

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

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

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.

Published in 1879, this pamphlet contains transcribed courtroom excerpts of important points in the case of J.W. Tripp vs. J.B. Grinnell.

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.

Dictated reminiscences of J.B. Grinnell

This is an article dated December 14, 1891 by Leonard Fletcher Parker in which he previews the main subjects and themes of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell's "Reminiscences of Forty Years," his autobiography which has just been published.

Autobiography of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell for the years from 1850-1890.

This leaflet contains biographical information about J.B. Grinnell.

These resolutions of the 64th post of the Grand Army of the Republic on the death of J.B. Grinnell commend Grinnell for his patriotism and outstanding service to his country. It is resolved that the post's sympathy and prayers be expressed to Mrs. Grinnell and her children.

These resolutions, dated April 2, 1891, were passed upon the death of J.B. Grinnell. In particular, they involve explicit recognition of Grinnell's contributions to the founding of the bank and the importance of his continued support until his death. The resolutions were recorded by the cashier of the bank at the time, C.H. Spencer.

Four sermons by George Herron, with an introduction by President George Augustus Gates.

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.

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

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

Letter from Julia Chapin Grinnell to Professor Leonard Fletcher Parker dated April 6, 1904. A list of people who arrived in Grinnell in 1854, 1855, and 1856 is included.

A brief history of the Iowa Band and the founding of Iowa (Grinnell) College.