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Kara Bakken's “What We Remember: An Oral History of Grinnell College 1925-1992" 1925-1992

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.36
  • Collection

This oral history collection is a celebration of nearly 70 years of Grinnell College history as told through the words of people who have studied, worked, and played at this institution.

Drawn from interviews with more than 50 alumni, these remembrances tell not only about the specifics of college life, but also about the collective identity of the Grinnell community.  These interviews offer insight into the successes and struggles of individuals and into the traditions and values that define Grinnell, whether they occurred in 1925, 1945, 1972, or 1992.

[This note is quoted from the brochure created for the exhibition (photographs and excerpts of the interviews) that was displayed in the Burling Gallery, June 1-September 23, 1995.]

Bakken, Kara

Glenn H. Leggett Writings 1958-1996

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.40
  • Collection

The collection contains 24 different volumes that are collections of essays, lectures, eulogies, toasts, letters, reminiscences, etc. The subjects of the essays range from dogs to writing and from poetry to hunting and fishing, reflecting the broad range of interests of the author. Also included is an autobiography, family stories, travel accounts, and reflections on the academic life. There are histories of Grinnell Federal Saving and Loan Association and of the Kiwanis Club. Some of the essays were papers delivered at the Fortnightly Club. The speeches include ones given on retirements, dedications, commencements, and inaugurations.

Leggett, Glenn H.

Jonathan L. Chenette Papers 1978-1996 1984-1996

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.37
  • Collection

The musical scores (and recordings of performances) were composed for a variety of institutions and occasions.  A number of vocal and instrumental pieces were composed for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Grinnell, Iowa) and St. John’s Catholic Church (Indianapolis, Indiana).

The composition of the opera Eric Hermannson’s Soul (begun in 1986-87 and completed in 1993) was supported with fellowships from Grinnell College and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.  The opera was first performed in Grinnell on September 11, 1993 and in Iowa City on September 24, 1993.

Oh Millersville, based on the poetry of Grinnell College alumnus James Norman Hall, was first performed on February 29, 1992 in Herrick Chapel with Amy Johnson, soprano, and Richard Gordon, piano.  The 1991 orchestral version was commissioned by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and was performed on February 22 & 23, 1992 with Kristie Tigges, soprano.

Out of the land premiered at the inauguration of Pamela A. Ferguson as the 11th President of Grinnell College, October 12, 1991.  Text was by Associate Professor Paula V. Smith and by Grinnell President George F. Magoun.  The Grinnell Singers performed the piece, conducted by John Stuhr-Rommereim.

Broken Ground was commissioned by the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, the Iowa Sesquicentennial Commission, and Grinnell College to honor the 150th anniversaries of the state of Iowa and of Grinnell College in 1996.  The texts were composed by Iowa poets Michael Carey, Edward Hirsch, Dan Hunter, Paula V. Smith, Mary Swander, and Ray Young Bear.  The world premier was in May 1996, performed by the Des Moines Symphony and The Grinnell Singers.

Chenette, Jonathan

Curriculum

  • US US-IaGG Pamphlet/006.0
  • Collection

William Salter Papers 1843-1907

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.41
  • Collection

The collection contains letters written to Salter and notes written by Salter. The letters include both personal correspondence and that relating to his affairs: church business, business of Iowa College, Salter’s research into the history of the Dodge family, and a variety of other concerns. One letter of note is from James S. Graham in 1884 who recounts his experience watching President Lincoln while he reviewed the 68th Illinois Infantry Volunteers. Also included is a Saloon Passengers’ List and Track Card from an 1881 voyage on the S.S. Bolivia.

Salter, William

Congregational Church (Victor, Iowa) records 1883-1933

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.42
  • Collection

The records include ledgers and notebooks with financial information and minutes of meetings of the Church and of groups affiliated with the Church:  the DK Society, the Women's Home and Foreign Missionary Society, and the Ladies' Social Society.  There are files of correspondence and legal and financial records.

George M. Ochs (Class of 1949) Papers 1960-1995

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.45
  • Collection

The collection contains articles and book reviews by Ochs, personal and professional correspondence, and a copy of his Ph.D. thesis.

Ochs, George M.

Men's Glee Club 1894-1958

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.48
  • Collection

The collection is divided into three series: Correspondence & drafts of history; Research materials, notes, etc.; Alumni files arranged chronologically by graduation year.

Harrell, Mary Jane Peck

RG-CSC: Community Service Center 1988-1996

  • US US-store Archives/RG-CSC
  • Collection

Office Files contains applications to ACTION, progress reports, correspondence, and budgets. In addition are program evaluations, the CSC newsletter (Bridges), and public relations' materials. Program Files contains files on each program or agency with which student volunteers worked. There are lists of volunteers, correspondence, clippings and public relations materials, and information about the program or agency. The CSC received a great deal of recognition for student involvement with Alternative Breaks in which students worked on service activities instead of taking vacations. Some statistical information regarding student volunteerism can be found in the "Class projects" file.

Community Service Center

Jimmy Ley Papers 1922-1981 1940-1945

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.162
  • Collection

This collection is organized into four series: Biographical, Correspondence, Military, and Photographs.

Series 1: Biographical (1924-1981)

The Biographical series includes personal items including Ley’s birth certificate, framed high school basketball letter, and Catechism bible, as well as a handwritten copy of a poem composed by his mother for his funeral service. The series also includes an extensive scrapbook including photos, personal and educational documents, and newspaper clippings from early childhood until after his death.

Series 2: Correspondence (1939-1946)

The Correspondence series consists of three sub-series: letters written by Jimmy Ley, letters written to Ley and returned to his parents, and letters written to his parents after his disappearance. Ley’s letters are almost exclusively addressed to his parents and date from between just before he first attended Grinnell College in the fall of 1939 until his disappearance in February 1944. Ley’s letters are organized chronologically and divided into folders by location, mostly military camps where Ley was stationed. Mostly written by the families of other missing men in Ley’s flight crew, the letters to Jimmy’s parents after his death date from between November 1944 and August 1945 and are arranged alphabetically by sender’s last name.

Series 3: Military (unkown-1948)

The Military series consists of Ley’s official certificates and awards, bomb squadron yearbook, air force patch, and framed medals (Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Purple Heart).

Series 4: Photographs (unknown-1945)

The Photographs series includes fifteen unframed photographs, a portrait in a display folder, a framed photo collage documenting the medals Ley earned, a large framed portrait displayed at Ley’s funeral, and a large framed artistic collage of Ley’s plane and flight crew.

Ley, James

Douglas Russell (class of 1971) and James Russell (class of 1941) Materials

  • US US-IaGG MS 01.191
  • Collection

Douglas S. Russell is a member of the class of 1971. His father, James Russell, also graduated from Grinnell College in 1941.

Materials include postcards, photographs, a copy of the June 1940 Tanager, Songs of Grinnell, a copy of "St. Peter and I" by Professor Edward Steiner and an accompanying letter from the Alumni Secretary in 1971.

Grinnell College

Duane Krohnke Papers

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS01.113
  • Collection

This collection of letters, lecture notes and research notes documents the history of Duane Krohnke's biographical research about Joseph Welch '14, and Edward Burling ', and his work with the Grinnell Summer Program for Lawyers in the summer of 1984.

Krohnke, Duane W.

Historical and Literary Club

  • US US-IaGG MS 01. 21
  • Collection
  • 1882-2018

Box 1:
Secretary's minutes, 4 books: 1882-1906, 1906-1928, 1928-1944 (includes copy of the club constitution), and 1944-1953

Folder 1: Centennial Sketch, presented April 19, 1982 script, pictures, list of topics, 1882-1928, and napkin from 68th anniversary tea

Folder 2: Study topics and book titles, 1882

Box 2:
Secretary's minutes, 3 books: 1955-1967 (includes copy of club constitution), 1967-1979, 1979-1991 (includes copy of 1988 Proposed revision of Constitution and 1976 Constitution).

Treasurer's books, 2 books: 1926-1956 (savings account) and 1292-1964

Yearbooks, 76 of the possible 100:
1889
1891-1917
1919
1925-1927
1932-1933
1935
1939
1941-1962
1964-1968 (in secretary's book)
1971-1977 (in secretary's book)

Box 3:
Folder 1: Ancient records, 1882-1931 (history of the club, 13 typed leaves)

Folder 2: Constitution and By Laws, 1949 and 1962

Folder 3: 22 papers presented by members from 1925-1954:
Miss French, nee Octave Thanet, 1925
Iowa Legislative Department, 1926
Iowa Board of Control, 1926
The LaTours and Acadia, 1927
The Last of the Titans-Schunabb-Heink, 1932 (used in the Centennial program)
March of Events, 1933
Dickens, David Coperfield, 1934
Guy De Maupassant, 1935
James Hilton, Random Harvest, 1941
Eleanor Dick, the Timeless Land, 1942
Quentin Reynolds, Dress Rehearsal, 1944
Channing Pollock, Harvest of My Years, 1944
Ray Stannard Baker, American Chronicle, 1946
George F. Willison, Saints and Sinners, 1946
Gilbert Chesterton, Man Who Was Thursday (no date)
South Africa (no date or source)
William Harlan Hale, Horace Greeley, Voice of the People, 1951
Lucy Robins Lang, Tomorrow is Beautiful, 1950
Dixon Wector, Sam Clemons of Hannibal, 1954
Cecil Woodham-Smith, Florence Nightengale, 1952
Emily Kimbrough, Forty Plus and Fancy Free, 1954

Folder 4: loose papers form 1931 scrapbook (includes newspaper clippings 1931-1938)

Scrapbook. 1931. Project for Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs. [Clippings and other papers removed from the scrapbook are filed in Box 3, folder 4]

Ernst, Elizabeth

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