Skip to main content

Emlin McClain Papers

Identifier: MsC0035

  • Staff Only
  • Please navigate to collection organization to place requests.

Scope and Contents

The Emlin McClain Collection consists of three series. The Diaries series that contains 10 volumes of diaries spanning from 1869 to 1908. The Correspondence series contains letters and newspaper clippings from 1875 to 1913. The Speeches series contains manuscripts of 24 speeches by Emlin McClain related to his interest in painting spanning from 1890 to 1919, including a copy of the Iowa Law Bulletin from November 1915.


  • Creation: 1869 - 1915


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


2.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Lawyer, judge, and professor. Personal and business correspondence, diaries, and speeches on painting. Most of the material dates before 1880, while McClain was a law student at the University of Iowa.

Physical Access Requirements

The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, usecoll Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials

Method of Acquisition

These papers were donated by the McClain family.

Related Materials

Emlin McClain Collection. State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. 10 linear ft.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)