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Manuscript File Collection

Identifier: RG01.0001.001

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Scope and Contents

The Manuscript File Collection on Early University History is a rich source on 19th-century and early 20th-century developments at the University of Iowa. It consists of the University's earliest known records documenting its business transactions, academic activity, and external communications. For the most part the material was prepared or received by William J. Haddock (1832-1906), secretary to the Board of Trustees, later Regents, from 1864 to 1901. It is also considered the foundation collection of the University Archives, as it resulted from the first institutional attempts to document University of Iowa history.Many types of records comprise the collection: correspondence, receipts from Iowa City businesses and those located in Des Moines, Chicago, New York and elsewhere, official memos, expense records, contractor


  • Creation: 1849-1963


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


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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The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections.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our Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, usecoll Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials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

The Manuscript File Collection was initiated by University Archivist Ruth Gallaher, Ph.D., in 1931. Records and individual documents were collected from numerous administrative offices and academic departments during her tenure, from 1931 to about 1946, and by her successors until about 1963. As the collection was the first institutional attempt to document University of Iowa history, it is considered the "foundation" historical collection of the University Archives. Finding aid prepared by Matthew Schaefer and Denise Anderson; posted to the Internet 12/2006.

Related Materials

General Catalogs of the University (RG01.0008.001)

Records of the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents, 1847-1909 (RG04.0001.001)

Finding aid prepared by Matthew Schaefer and Denise Anderson, December 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242