Paul F. Peck Papers 1913-1927

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Paul F. Peck Papers 1913-1927




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Paul F. Peck (Class of 1897) was the Parker Professor of History at Grinnell College from 1905 until his sudden death in 1925. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and during World War I served in the Red Cross. He was married to Grace Parsons (Class of 1898).

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This small collection includes both personal and professional papers. His personal papers contain correspondence and the diary of a trip to California. Two letters of note are one from his wife written while he was abroad; they numbered their letters to each other and she began by noting which ones of his she had received. Another letter is from a friend in the Red Cross, discussing post-war events in Europe. A typed title page to the diary (which is handwritten) gives the trip’s date as 1927. If that is correct, then the diary was not written by Peck (perhaps by his wife?).

The professional papers include some course syllabi and other academic materials and a file of materials relating to a Grinnell College Endowment Campaign.

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  • English

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Programs of college plays, concerts, and lectures

There are some biographical materials about Peck and a few pamphlets and articles written by him in the College Archives.

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