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George D. Herron papers



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George D. Herron papers, 1891-1973 | Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections

By Leslie Czechowski

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1891-1903

ID: MS/MS 01.47

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Congregational churches - Clergy, Gates, George Augustus, 1851-1912, Grinnell College - Department of Applied Christianity, Herron, George Davis, 1862-1925, Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), b. 1825, Rand, Caroline, Socialism, Christian, Socialism and religion

Languages: English


George Herron was one of the most colorful characters in the history of Grinnell College. He was chair of Applied Christianity from 1893 to 1899 and was a key figure in the social gospel movement. His relationship with Carrie Rand caused a scandal, particularly after he left his wife and children for her. Herron moved to Italy where he worked for Woodrow Wilson's peace program.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes writings of Herron from the 1890s, correspondence from and to college officials regarding Herron and his work at the college, published articles and unpublished papers about Herron, and extensive set of clippings regarding Herron, his philosophy and teaching, and his relationship with Carrie Rand.

Collection Historical Note

George Davis Herron (1862-1925) was a Congregational Church minister and professor of Applied Christianity at Grinnell College from 1893-1899 where he attracted nationwide attention for his radical statements. After his resignation in 1899 and his scandalous divorce, he joined the Socialist Party and married Carrie Rand. They moved to Italy where he worked for peace as an emissary of President Woodrow Wilson.

Subject/Index Terms

Congregational churches - Clergy
Gates, George Augustus, 1851-1912
Grinnell College - Department of Applied Christianity
Herron, George Davis, 1862-1925
Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), b. 1825
Rand, Caroline
Socialism, Christian
Socialism and religion

Administrative Information

Repository: Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections

Acquisition Source: Materials in this collection are from many sources and have been accessioned at various times since the early 20th century. Portions of the correspondence were from Professor Leonard F. Parker.

Acquisition Method: Donation

Preferred Citation: George D. Herron papers, Grinnell College Libraries, Department of Special Collections, Grinnell, Iowa. Ms.01.47.

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Photograph of Herron

Petition and Herron's reply.  1897

Correspondence and notes (from L.F. Parker?).  1895-1901

Supplemental report to the Iowa Congregational Association by Rev. Clinton Douglas.  May 1898

Correspondence (10 letters). From Gates, Herriott, G.H. Hill, Macmillan Pub., Robbins, Salter, Sears, Smith, Kersey.  1894-1943

Parker, L.F. Letter to President Gates regarding Herron.

Herron in California: 2 pamphlets by Adeline Knapp et al. and C.O. Brown.  1895?

Conard, L.M. Notes on GDH

Herron's resignation: letters, resolutions, etc.

Pres. Gates' response to attacks on "Herronism."  1898(?)

Trustees attempt to oust Herron.  1899

Herron to Boddinghouse (letter).  1899

Herron. Classroom lecture.  189?

Meyer, John. "Review of a communistic lecture in Iowa college of Dr. Geo. D.

Herron." (pamphlet) 1899?

McCowan, Hervy Smith.  "A misunderstood man."  The Midland Monthly, September 1894.

Brown, William T. "George D. Herron: The tragedy of conscience" and "The new social apostolate; a conversation between editor Charles Brodie Patterson and Professor George D. Herron on the aim, scope, and purpose of the new social crusade."  The Arena.  [190?]

Herron. 5 pamphlets. 1891-1903

Herron. 3 articles in The Social Forum, 1899-1900

2 issues of The Kingdom; a weekly exponent of Applied Christianity (for which Herron and Gates were on the editorial board).  1899

Congregational Church materials on Herron

Handy, Robert T.  "George D. Herron and the kingdom movement."

Church History, June 1950.

Hill, J.L.  Manuscript paper on Herron.  [n.d.]

Johnston, Fanny Phelps (Class of 1900?).  Remarks about Caroline (Carrie) Rand and Clara Millerd.  1939.

Articles from The Social Crusader about Herron.  1901

Tamiment Institute Library (N.Y.U.) Bibliography of holdings on Herron.  1962

2 articles from The Annals of Iowa:  Dieterich, H.R.  "Radical on the campus" (Fall 1964) and Crunden, Robert M.  "Geo. D. Herron in the 1890s."  Fall 1973

Articles on Herron from the Scarlet & Black.

Miscellaneous bibliographical information about Herron.

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Newspaper clippings:

Burlington pastorate.  1892-93.

Department of Applied Christianity.  1893-95

Clippings.  1894

Herron commencement address, Univ. of Nebraska.  1894

Wealth makers.  June 1894

Herron in California.  April 1895

Douglass, Rev. H. Paul. "The kingdom of God--A resume of the teachings of Professor George D. Herron."  1895

Clippings.  1895; 1893-99

Meyer, Col. John. Attacks on Herron.  1898-99

Attacks on Herronism.  1898-99

Lecture series. Willard Hall, Chicago.  1898

Trustees' attempt to oust Herron.  May-June 1899

Herron and populist movement in Iowa.  July-Sept. 1899

National Social Conference, Buffalo.  June-July 1899

Herron's resignation from Grinnell College.  Nov. 1899

"Get-Together Club" protest.  April 1901

Divorce and remarriage.  April-May 1901 (2 folders)

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Newspaper clippings:

Herron family and Rand School

Herron and diplomatic role.  1918-19

Clippings re Pres. Gates

Move to oust Herron from Congregational Church.  April-June 1901

Herron and Social Democratic Party

Clippings.  1891-1914

Fragmentary, undated clippings

Parker collection of clippings on Herron affair (3 folders)

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Volume 10, numbers 1-52 (October 7, 1897 - September 29, 1898).

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