Library Home Special Collections Home Browse: Collections Digital Content Subjects Creators

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell Papers



Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Box 1

J.B. Grinnell Lecture notes

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell Papers, 1850-1891 | Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections

Printer-friendly Printer-friendly | Email Us Contact Us About This Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell Papers, 1850-1891Add to your cart.

ID: MS/MS 01.16

Primary Creator: Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell (1821-1891)

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged as received.

Date Acquired: 00/00/0000

Subjects: Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell, 1872-1952, Grinnell, Julia Chapin


The collection consists primarily of correspondence ca. 1852-91; the remainder are land deeds and Grinnell’s 1850 diary. The major portion of the correspondence is Grinnell’s letters to his wife 1852-54, and 1868-69, some of these touching on his coming to Iowa in 1854.

Biographical Note

1821 Born in New Hampshire

1847-ca.1853 Congregational pastor

1852 Married Julia Chapin

1854 Founded Grinnell, Iowa

1856 Active in organizing Republican Party in Iowa

1856-60 State Senator. Worked to establish public schools in Iowa

1858 Admitted to the Iowa bar

1860 Delegate to Republican convention which nominated Lincoln

1863-67 Representative (Republican) to U. S. House of Representatives

1854-84 Trustee of Iowa (Grinnell) College

1891 Death

Interests included religion, education, politics, railroading, stock breeding, and sheep raising.

More details in Dictionary of American Biography, National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Who Was Who in America, Charles Payne’s Josiah Bushnell Grinnell.

Subject/Index Terms

Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell, 1872-1952
Grinnell, Julia Chapin

Administrative Information

Repository: Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Source: Unknown, but possibly gifts from Grinnell’s daughter, Mary Mears. Two letters to Lanman were a gift of Philip Brown.

Acquisition Method: Donation.

Preferred Citation: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell papers, Grinnell College Libraries, Department of Special Collections, Grinnell, Iowa. Ms.01.16.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2: J.B. Grinnell Lecture notes, 1842-1845],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence to Julia, April 1952 - July 1854Add to your cart.

14 letters. Autographed letters signed with transcription of many of the letters.

1. April 11-12, 1852. New York

2. April 13-14, 1852. New York

3. April 15-16, 1852. New York4. Aug. 1, 1852. New York

5. Aug. ?, 1852. New York. Includes clipping from N.Y. Tribune of letter from JBG, July 28, 1852.

6. Aug. 7, 1852. New York

7. Aug. 8-9, 1852. New York

8. Between Aug. 9 and Sept. 2, 1852. New York

9. Sept. 2, 1852. New York

10. June 3, 1853. New York

11. April 25, 854. Marengo, Iowa

12. May 3-5, 1854. Montezuma, Iowa

13. May 27, 1854. Davenport, Iowa

14. July 3, 1854. Grinnell, Iowa

Folder 2: Correspondence with Julia, 1868-1869Add to your cart.

11 letters. Autographed Letters Signed

1. Dec. 5, 1868. Detroit Mich.

2. Jan. 8, 1869. Grinnell, Iowa

3. Jan. 23, 1869. Grinnell Iowa

4. Feb. 3, 1869. Washington, D.C.

5. Feb. 5, 1869. Washington, D.C.

6. Feb. 16, 1869. Washington, D.C.

7. Mar. 1, 1869. Washington, D.C.

8. Mar. 2, 1869. Washington, D.C.

9. Mar. 23, 1869. Rock Island, Illinois

10. April 8, 1869. Grinnell. Iowa

11. April 9, 1869. Wyanett (?) station en route to Kansas City (?)

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1851-1889Add to your cart.

JBG, N.Y., Dec. 1853, to Julius Reed. A.L.S. and transcript. 3p. relative to establishing a town in Iowa.

Horace Greeley, N.Y., Nov. 1872, to JBG. A.L.S. and transcript. 1 leaf.

JBG letters to Charles Lanman: (gift of Philip Brown)

JBG, Grinnell, 1863, to Lanman. A.L.S. l leaf

JBG, Washington, D.C., 1866, to Lanman. A.L.S. 1 leaf.

Wendell Phillips, Boston, 1878-1882, to JBG and Mary Grinnell, Grinnell, Iowa. A.L.S. 20 letters. (Phillips, 1811-1884, was a Boston abolitionist, reformer, and orator.)

JGB to Hon. Geo. B. Sargent:

JBG, Davenport, 1859, to Sargent. Typed copy. 2 leaves.

G. B. Sargent, Boston, 1859, to JBG, typed copy. 1 leaf. (Regarding extending railroad west of Iowa City.

JGB, Muscatine, 1872, to Hon. Chas. Sumner. Typed copy (original in Sumner file, Widener Library, Harvard). 1 leaf. Cf. letter from Greeley

Chester Arthur to JBG Nov. 2, 1881. A.L.S.

Correspondence, 1851-89. 17 items

Folder 4: Legal documentsAdd to your cart.

Marriage certificate, 1852,

House of Representatives election certificate, 1862,

land deeds,

JGB last will and testament (rough draft).

Deeds and tax sale certificates for property owned by JBG. 1855, 1872-78. Provenance: Mrs. Virgil Welch (see letters in folder with deeds)

Folder 5: Letters of Tribute, 1891Add to your cart.
Letters of tribute to JBG, 1891, from President George Gates, Sen. J.P. Dolliver, Sen. W.B.Allison, Charles Aldrich.
Folder 6: Diary, 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1860, 1865, 1887, 1890Add to your cart.
Photocopies of 4 letters in the Iowa Historical Museum and Archives, Des Moines: Edwin M. Stanton to JBG 1865, JBG to William Clark 1860, JBG to Charles Aldrich 1887, 1890.
Item 1: Resolutions upon the death of the Son Josiah B. Grinnell, passed by the City Council of Grinnell, April 3, 1891Add to your cart.
shelved in MS oversize file

Log In          
Page Generated in: 0.27 seconds (using 222 queries).
Using 11.99MB of memory. (Peak of 12.21MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21 rev-2.1
Copyright ©2012 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign