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Business Diary of 1862, 1863 Hardin County, Iowa 1886-1863

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.95
  • Collection

This handwritten ledger diary was begun on January 1, 1862 in Eldora, Hardin County, Iowa. Unknown writer discusses property purchases and disposals; loans and payments; tax information; names of those people with whom he (or she) dealt; on one occasion, the writer asks, “Is he a judge entitled to my respect?” (March 10, 1862). Diary includes long discourses on business dealings (see April 19, 1862). May 20, 1862 entry includes some pressed leaves and a flower. October 4, 1862 entry includes a larger pressed flower. Last entry on February 6, 1863: “I gave up key of the office I occupied up to today in the Court House in Eldora to Ellis Parker(?) as the agent and proper officer of the Eldora Court House joint stock company who claim to own the building. I left some things in the room ….Started about middle of afternoon from Eldora for Grinnell, Iowa, designing to make Grinnell my residence.”

S. M. Wright Civil War Diaries 1861-1862

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.94
  • Collection

Consists of two diaries written by S. (Sammy) M. Wright of Knoxville, Iowa, during the Civil War. He and his brother William served in Company B, Third Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

S. M. Wright (Samuel)

Langston Hughes Postcard 1944

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.93
  • Collection

Consists of one postcard Hughes sent to Mrs. Ina Steele at Texas College in Tyler, Texas.

Hughes, Langston

Dwight D. Eisenhower Autograph

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.92
  • Collection

1 leaf of Grinnell College letterhead with Eisenhower's autograph on it.

Eisenhower, Dwight D.

Harry S. Truman letter 1963

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.91
  • Collection

Letter written by Harry S. Truman, (President of the United States, 1945-1953), regarding a forthcoming visit to Grinnell College in October 1963.

Truman, Harry S.

Theodore C Sorensen letter -1963 July 30, 1963

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.90
  • Collection

Consists of a letter written by Theodore Sorenson, Special Counsel to the President (John F. Kennedy) regarding an invitation to participate in a symposium at Grinnell College in November of 1963. Letter dated July 30, 1963.

Sorensen, Theodore C.

Tony Blair Letter 1992-1993

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.89
  • Collection

This letter, dated May 22, 1992, is form Tony Blair, M.P. in the House of Commons, to Donna Vinter, Director of the Grinnell-in-London program, about the placement of a student. A second letter, dated April 30, 1993, is from Roz Preston, PA to Tony Blair, M.P.

Blair, Tony

George T. McJimsey Papers 1904-1970's

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.88
  • Collection

This collection was gathered by George T. McJimsey, professor of History at Iowa State University, in the process of writing his book Harry Hopkins: Ally of the Poor and Defender of Democracy. Included are articles written by Hopkins, his personal and professional correspondence, WPA files, minutes from the meetings of the American Association of Social Workers, War Munitions Board minutes, Lend- Lease files, diary entries of top government officials, American Red Cross files among others.

The collection contains information relevant not only to researchers studying Hopkins but also Roosevelt, World War II, Lend- Lease, the New Deal, social work, the American Red Cross, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, the FERA, WPA, CWA, American Association of Social Workers, New York BCW, and NYTBA.

The research is drawn from several collections including the Hopkins Papers at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, the National Archives, the George C. Marshall Papers, the Social Work History Archives in Minneapolis, the Harry S. Truman Library, Parks Library of Iowa State University, New York State Library at Albany, the Library of Congress, University of Virginia Library, the Houghton Library of Harvard University among many others.

Additional information on Harry Hopkins can be found in Georgetown University’s special collection.

McJimsey, George T.

Ida Weaver Steinmetz Papers 1912-1914

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.87
  • Collection

Consists of photographs, programs, and other materials from the Girls Glee Club trip in 1912 and from the Class of 1914 reunion.

Steinmetz, Ida Weaver

Ida Weaver Steinmetz Papers 1912-1914

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.87
  • Collection

Consists of photographs, programs, and other materials from the Girls Glee Club trip in 1912 and from the Class of 1914 reunion.

Steinmetz, Ida Weaver

Wes Davies Papers 1990-1995

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.86
  • Collection

Included are “memories of a Freshman Year”, a reminiscence given at the class of 1940’s 50th reunion dinner on June 2, 1990, as well a “Moments in a Grinnell Experience” given at the Class of 1940’s 55th reunion dinner on June 2, 1995. These typed speeches include photographs of comical sketches of the Grinnell experience as drawn by Wes Davies. In an oversize drawer marked “Moments in a Grinnell Experience”, there are drafts of the sketches, full-sized sketches, and copies of the reminiscences.

Davies, Wes

Loren Berry Papers 1883-1900

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.85
  • Collection

Berry’s addresses and sermons from 1888-1898, a few sermons from his time in Chicago in 1900, as well as his European letters form 1883 and two pamphlets, one regarding a writer named Maurice Hewlett, and the other pertaining to the Music Students’ Club Extension at Grinnell College.

Loren Foster Berry

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