RG-L:  Library Records

Identity elements

Reference code

US US-IaGG Archives/RG-L

Name and location of repository

Level of description



RG-L:  Library Records




Name of creator

Biographical history

The Grinnell College Libraries started in 1853-54 with 1200 volumes. Faculty served as librarian beginning in 1862-63; the first, full-time librarian was hired in 1889. The Carnegie Library opened in 1905 and Burling Library was built in the late 1950s and renovated in the early 1980s.
Librarians of the College:
1849-1852 Erasmus Ripley
1851-1858 Henry L. Bullen
1858-1859 David S. Sheldon
1859-1860 Quincy Gilmore
1861-1863 Julius Reed
1863-1865 Von Coelln
1864-1872 S. J. Buck
1871-1872 John Avery
1872-1883 R. W. Swan (4500 vol.)
1883-1885 S. G. Barnes (10,000 vol.)
1885-1887 H. K. Edson
1886-1890 Carrie M. Edson
1889-1896 J. M. Chamberlain (first full-time librarian)
1896-1898 H. H. Stipp (24,000 vol.)
1898-1899 Cora W. Hastings
1899-1908 Matthew H. Douglass
1908-1919 L. L. Dickerson
1919-1952 Isabelle Clark
1952-1971 Henry Alden
1972-2006 Christopher McKee
2006- 2015 Richard C. Fyffe
2016 - Mark Christel

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

Records of the libraries, including acquisitions, budgets, personnel, and buildings.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sixteen series.

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

Some records are confidential and may not be examined without permission.

Physical access

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


Related materials elements

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

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Notes element

Specialized notes

Alternative identifier(s)

Description control element

Rules or conventions

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Accession area