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Anton P. Chekhov Letters 1903-1937 1903-1937

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.71
  • Collection

The collection consists of a letter from Chekhov’s sister, a replica of Chekhov’s letter (November 2, 1903) to Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko (co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre), and a note (June 14, 1985) from Kennan explaining the provenance of the Chekhov letter. Also included are photocopies in Russian.

Calocagathian Society Records 1876-1924

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.142
  • Collection

10 hand-written volumes detailing the meetings of the Calocagathian society over its 48 year existence.

Charlotte Knowles Vandenburgh Papers

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.66
  • Collection

The collection consists of a newspaper clipping, concert notice, daybook, 77 photographs and negatives of the Womens' Glee Club trip to California in 1912.  The photos are not labeled.

Chrestomathian Society 1853-1924

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.149
  • Collection

The collection consists of the secretary's records of the Chrestomathian Society, one of several literary societies operating at Grinnell between 1852 and 1925. The groups were organized in order to hold debates and social events, divided into male and female groups that had a matched pair. The all-male Chrestomathians were paired with the all-female Ellis society. According to the Scarlet and Black, the societies disbanded in 1925, as the social role they once filled was no longer relevant.

Clara M. Baster's “Books of the Middle Ages” undated

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.72
  • Collection

Books of the Middle Ages is a 20-leaf, typewritten manuscript.  The leaves have simple borders, one set inside the other by one inch.  Between the two borders are hand-drawn decorations of plant and animal life that are subtly water colored.  The manuscript is bound in a heavy-weight paper and is tied along the spine with a ribbon.

Baster, Clara M.

Class of 1957 Materials 1953-2003

  • US US-IaGG MS/01.167
  • Collection

Materials collected by the class agents relating to the Grinnell College Class of 1957.

Dunham/Grinnell photograph collection 1893-1894

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.75
  • Collection

Studio photographs of 19 members of Grinnell College class of 1894 including Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, the namesake of the town founder, and one photograph of Alice Dunham Hannay, class of 1893. Also included are short reminiscences written by Marian Dunham regarding Josiah B. Grinnell, Arthur C. Lyon, Dr. Pearl Somers, and Garrett P. Wyckoff, members of the class of 1894. Photographs are identified as: Benjamin F. Arnold, Charles E. Arnold, Geneva A. Bigelow, Harry L. Brown, John Peet Clyde, William R. Gelston, Josiah B. Grinnell, Charles W. Hackler, Joseph H. Hathaway, George E. Hilsinger, Arthur C. Lyon, Margaret A. Pepoon, William R. Raymond, Paul W. Richards, Pearl E. Somers, Ernest Walker, Garrett P. Wyckoff, Joseph Whyte.

Edd Bowers Collection

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.101
  • Collection

Mr. Bowers was a Grinnell Football and Golf coach for over 25 years, starting in the early 60's.  This colletion is primarily photos, clippings, and letters from those years.

Forum Society Records 1906-1919

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.148
  • Collection

1 bound volume of secretary's records detailing the society's proceedings

Foster C. Rinefort Jr. Papers

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.179
  • Collection

Papers detailing the personal and family history of Foster C. Rinefort Jr., Grinnell College class of 1956. Emphasis on athletics.

Foster C. Rinefort Jr.

George Drake Family Papers 1861-2000

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.30
  • Collection

President George Drake and his brother, Professor Richard Drake of Berea College, donated family papers to Grinnell College Archives January 1991.  The bulk of the material is from their father, George Bryant Drake. It consists of correspondence, notes for sermons, family financial and business records, clippings, photographs, ca. 1920s-80s.  One box contains writings of Richard Drake, one box correspondence and writings of George Drake and family, one box papers of Alberta Drake, a box of Nell Drake's writings and publications.

George Bryant Drake (1895-1979) was a Congregational Minister and President of Doane College in Nebraska. He and his wife, Alberta Stimson Drake, had three children: George Albert Drake (1934-), professor and President of Grinnell College; Richard Bryant Drake (1925-), professor at Berea College; and Alberta Jane Drake (1928-). George Bryant was called Bryant; his parents were Nellie Jennie Rice Drake and George Burton Drake.

Grant O. Gale Personal Papers 1850-1995

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.115
  • Collection

The personal correspondence, notes and photographs of former Grinnell professor of physics Grant O. Gale. Gale was educated at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and got his masters in physics at the University of Michigan in 1933. He taught at Grinnell from 1929 to 1972. The college's observatory is named for Gale, and he was active in several Grinnell community organizations before his passing in 1998.
Gale is remembered for his dedication to his students and to his role as a mentor on the Grinnell campus.

Grinnell – Chapin Genealogical Material

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.05
  • Collection

The collection consists of genealogical charts 1480 0 1919.  Correspondence ca. 1898-1908, 32 portraits, some unidentified, copies of cemetery inscriptions, Family Association publications for the Chapin (4 books, 1862, 1908, 1908, 1927) and Alden (1 book, 1916) families, sixty Chapin family deeds and documents from Massachusetts 1674-1851, and a 114-page handwritten notebook by E. F. G. of Stockbridge, 1848, family history of Chapin ancestors Dudley, Woodbridge, Jones, and Eliot.

The papers have detailed information about a few branches of the family, little or no information on other branches.  The researcher might consult U.S. Library of Congress, Genealogies in the Library of Congress to identify more complete sources.

Genealogical charts in this collection trace part of the Grinnell family from Pierre Grenelle, born about 1480 in France. A descendant, Matthew, born 1602, became a Protestant and moved to Newport, R.I., in 1630, beginning the American line of the family. Matthew’s son married a granddaughter of John and Priscilla Alden. Other charts trace various branches of the Chapin family from about 1576 to Mary Grinnell’s birth about 1857.

Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell

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