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Truman O. Douglass The Pilgrims of Iowa

The settlement and early history of Iowa as told through the work of early Congregational ministers and churches.

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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.

Biographical Information

Truman Douglass. Builders of a Commonwealth
In preparing his book, Pilgrims of Iowa, published in 1911, Truman Douglass compiled extensive biographical information about Congregational ministers in Iowa up to 1900.
Biographical Dictionary of Iowa
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT234 .B56 2008

Primary Sources

Henry G. Little Family Scrapbooks 1874-1900
Three record books from the henry G. Little family preserve information about the family of Grinnell Mayor Henry G. Little in the last decades of the nineteenth century.
Hill Family Papers and Publications,1844-1931
This collection contains works of James J. Hill, Sarah Hyde, Sarah Harriman, the two oldest boys, Gershom and James Langdon, and James Langdon’s wife covering the years 1844-1931. James J. Hill, a minister from the east coast, is well known for his contribution to begin Iowa College, putting down the first dollar to start it. The collection contains mostly printed materials (pamphlets, small books, and typed manuscripts), and a few letters of correspondence.
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.
Fleming Fraker Postcards
The Fraker collection of postcards numbers approximately 7,000 cards, depicting 501 Iowa cities and towns. The cancellation dates on the postcards range from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1960’s, although most cards date from circa 1910.
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.
Lenabel Courtney Oral Interview
This collection of tapes and transcripts from an oral interview with her grandson mainly details her life on an Iowa farm at the end of the 19th Century.
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.
William Salter Papers, 1843-1907
This 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.

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