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Background Information

History of Poweshiek County

L. F. Parker's history of the county from its earliest settlement to the beginning of the 20th century.

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J.B. Grinnell's autobiography Men and Events of Forty Years

J. B. Grinnell's own story of his life and accomplishments

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AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) serves as the catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for worldwide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century.
America: History and Life Restricted Resource
Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.

Primary Sources

Selden Lincoln Whitcomb papers, 1883 – 1906
In this file are two personal journals, a poetry manuscript, and a notebook of nature observations with a few surprises.
Iowa Territory Description
Letter from I. B. Mc., Mexico, Missouri, to Dr. C. GBlish, Hampton, Pa., before 1846, describing the Iowa Territory.
Josiah Bushnell Grinnell Papers
The J. B. Grinnell papers consist 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.
Julius Reed Papers
The bulk of the collection contains correspondence and reports concerning Reed's work of the American Home Missionary Society of the Congregational Church in the1845-1869 . Among the topics addressed are slavery and how the church should regard congregations in slave-holding states, founding of churches in Iowa, church finances, and founding a college in Iowa.
Leonard F. Parker Notes for History of Poweshiek County 1906- 1911
The collection contains “historical manuscripts, notes and correspondence of Prof. L.F. Parker in regard to material for his history of Poweshiek” [label on the box in which the papers were stored] Most materials are handwritten, although a few of Parker’s manuscripts are typed.

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The Iowa Heritage Digital Collections is an online repository of Iowa history and culture, maintained by the State Library of Iowa,  which brings together digital resources of Iowa libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions to enhance access to and preserve long–term accessibility of these valuable materials.

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