William Salter Papers 1843-1907

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US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.41

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William Salter Papers 1843-1907




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Salter was a member of the Iowa Band, men who travelled to the Midwest to establish churches and a college. He served as a Congregational clergyman in Burlington, Iowa for over sixty years and was an author and historiographer.

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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.

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  • English

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Although Salter’s papers came from different sources, they seemed to comprise a unified collection of personal papers that had been separated for many years. Thus the decision was made to combine them into one collection within the Archives.

Papers in Series 1 were transferred from Burlington Public Library in 1990 along with Salter’s books. Letters in Series 2 were transferred to the Archives in 1952 by the wife of Professor Paul Peck who received them from Prof. L.F. Parker who received them from Rev. Salter. Letters and manuscripts in Series 3 are of unknown provenance.

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Boxes of papers of William Mackintire Salter were transferred to the Knox College Archives. Monographs and serials were transferred to Burling Library.

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