Gilchrist Hall Cornerstone Contents

Collection Overview

Title: Gilchrist Hall Cornerstone Contents

Record Series: 25/07

Record Group:

25 - University Small Collections

Creator: Iowa State Normal School

Date: 1876-1972

Extent: 1 box (0.42 linear feet); 1 oversize folder (3.58 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Gilchrist Hall Cornerstone Contents collection, 1876-1972, Archives Record Series 00/04/01, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Scope and Content

After a fire destroyed the original Gilchrist Hall on May 12, 1972, on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, the cornerstone was recovered from the ruins. That cornerstone was opened on October 7, 1972, and the material noted below was discovered.



Folder 1: Amended Constitutions of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, 1880

Folder 2: Annals of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Volume VIII., Part III. -- 1882

Folder 3: Annual Catalogues of the Iowa State Normal School, years 1-6, 1876/1877 through 1881/1882

Folder 4: A bill for an act to establish a State Normal School (2 copies)

Folder 5: By-laws and rules of order of Black Hawk County

Folder 6: Catalogue of the Library of the Iowa State Normal School, October 1, 1880

Folder 7: Cedar Falls, Iowa City Officers 1882, 1883

Folder 8: Cedar Falls Public Schools rules and regulations and courses of study, 1875

Folder 9: Constitutions and by-laws of Cedar Falls Lodge no. 71, Independent order of Odd Fellows, 1878

Folder 10: First select literary entertainment by the senior class of State Normal School, December 1876

Folder 11: General information concerning the YMCA

Folder 12: Gilchrist Hall cornerstone opening bulletin, October 7, 1972 (5 copies)

Folder 13: Iowa State Normal School ad from 1877

Folder 14: Laws of Iowa and laws of general assembly, 1882

Folder 15: Ordinances of the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1881

Folder 16: Report card from the Cedar Falls public schools

Folder 17: Report of the joint committee of the nineteenth General Assembly

Folder 18: Student offering issues – volume 6 numbers 20, 23 , and 24, 1881-1882

Oversize folder

Cedar Falls Recorder. v. 5, no. 11, March 23, 1877.

The Waterloo Courier. v. 26, no. 7, August 9, 1882.

Waterloo Semi-Weekly Tribune. v. 3, no. 49, August 18, 1882.

Iowa State Reporter. (Waterloo) v. 15, no. 12, August 23, 1882.

The Cedar Falls Gazette. v. 23, no. 22, August 25, 1882.

La Porte City Review. v. 4, no. 13, August 25, 1882.

Cedar Falls Daily Press. August 28, 1882; August 29, 1882. (2 issues)

The Record front page- Gilchrist fire, May 13, 1972

Processing Information

Collection processed processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, October 2005, last modified by Student Assistant Mackenzi Brophy on May 26, 2015; updated, July 28, 2015 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017, February 2018; and Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, March 2022. Linear feet updated July 31, 2017.