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Thomas E. Corkhill Papers

Identifier: MsC0060

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Scope and Contents

The Thomas E. Corkhill Papers consists of a typewritten biography of Thomas E. Corkhill, Iowa Reform School ledger accounts and auditing report (1868-1874), certificates of appointment as trustee of Iowa Reform School (1878), land grants of 40 acres (1851 and 1854), Oskaloosa Daily Herald reprint article by Col. Swalm (1895), a holograph diary that lists wounded in Battle of Chickasaw Bayou and the Battle of Arkansas Post including visit to the Army of the Potomac (1863-1895), cd of holographic diary, and a copy of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen (1863).


  • Creation: 1868-1874


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This collection is open for research.

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0.50 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Methodist minister and moving force behind the organization of schools at Eldora and Mitchellville. Included are certificates of Corkhill's appointment of trustee of Iowa Reform School and an account book relating to his expenses as trustee as well as a holograph commonplace book containing the text of a diary of his experience in the Civil War, commissioned by Governor Samuel Kirkwood. This diary also contains poems and clippings. Also included is a CD of a transcription of the diary, plus a commentary on the text of over 150 pages, including background information and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted by Francis Flick in 1959.

Appraisal Information

This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Miss Frances Flick in 1959.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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