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Ebenezer Alden Papers

Identifier: MsC0349

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Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of letters, reports, and addresses. Of special interest is a four-page letter written to Reverend Alden while he was at Andover Seminary, June 8, 1841, which describes life on steamboats as "wicked" and "degrading." Also of interest is a report by Alden on western boatmen. The collection includes information on the American Bethel Society for Sailors. Also present here is information on the Millerites. A series of quarterly, monthly, and annual reports from Tipton, 1844-1845, provides information about a small town frontier mission, which includes such topics as slavery, temperance, the "Big Woods," the bleak prairie, and fever and sickness.   The collection is comprised of 37 items making up 257 pages.


  • Creation: 1838-1878
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1841-1843


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Ebenezer Alden attended Andover Seminary. He was ordained November 5, 1843 in Denmark, Iowa. Alden served as Congregationalist minister in Tipton, Iowa from 1844 to 1848. While he was in Iowa, he was a member of the "Iowa Band." For thirty-five years, beginning in 1850, he was pastor of the First Congregational Church of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and was pastor or pastor emeritus up to the time of his death on January 4, 1899.

For further biographical information on Alden, see the Books At Iowa essay at


0.25 Linear Feet

37 items

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Student at Andover Theological Seminary, member of the Iowa band, Congregational minister in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, and Marshfield, Massachusetts. Reports, letters, and student papers.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was purchased by University of Iowa Libraries in 1977.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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