Iowa and Cedar Valley small collections

Collection Overview

Title: Iowa and Cedar Valley small collections

Record Series: MsC-102

Record Group:


Date: 1893-2017

Extent: 35 boxes (15.68 linear feet); 1 oversize folder (3.58 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Arcturus Club brochures were donated by the Cedar Falls Historical Society in July 2016. They cover the years 1934-1971, although some years are missing.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

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Please note that this collection is artificial and was created by SC&UA staff combining multiple small collections.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of various small collections SC&UA acquired related to the State of Iowa and the Cedar Valley region. Boxes 1 and 2 consist of items related to the Cedar Valley, while the rest of the collection contains items related to the broader state. Please see the inventory for information about specific items.


Cedar Valley collections

Box 1

  • Folder 1: Grotto of Salvation brochure, c. 1940
    • A. J. Krogh, a local barber, created a grotto in his yard at 2010 Clay Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa.  He carried out his work as a means of overcoming health problems associated with his occupation as a barber.  He worked on his grotto from about 1930 until at least the late 1940s.  He built miniature temples and other structures out of stones, shells, and other material that he and others gathered for this purpose from a wide area of the United States.  Mr. Korgh also established a small museum on the site. Mr. Krogh's work became a tourist attraction that was featured in this illustrated brochure issued by a group called the Boosters of Cedar Falls, Iowa, in about 1940.
  • Folder 2: Arcturus Club brochures, 1934-1956
    • The Arcturus Club is a social organization which, according to its constitution, devotes itself “to the attainment by its members of the following objectives: To stimulate creative thinking, to encourage original investigation, to clarify problems of community interest, to perfect the art of deliberative discourse, and to expedite realization of the majority will…” While not a UNI organization, its officers and members over the years have represented a who’s who of UNI faculty members.
  • Folder 3: Arcturus Club brochures, 1958-1971
  • Folder 4: Sturgis Falls Celebration programs, 2001-2002; 2017
  • Folder 5: The Historical Record of Cedar Falls, the Garden City of Iowa, 1893
    • This book was written by Peter Melendy, an early resident of Cedar Falls.
  • Folder 6: The Historical Record of Cedar Falls, 1893

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Cedar Falls Parlor Reading Circle History, 1976
    • This box contains a paper written about the Circle in 1976 by Oren F. Paine and S.J. Rapp. It contains a brief history of the society, along with its constitution and the names of all the past and (then) current presidents.
  • Folder 2: Cedar Falls Program for Iowa Centennial, 1946
    • This program describes the activities which were held in Cedar Falls for the Iowa Centennial Celebration in 1946. The celebration took place June 27 through July 4 of that year. The program describes the events of the week, historical exhibits, "Centennial Sunday Evening Hour" on June 30, the "All American Frolic" on July 3, and the activities on Independence Day.

Broader Iowa collections

Box 3

  • Folder 1: Iowa Teacher’s Certificate (facsimile), 1864
    • This box contains two facsimile copies of an Iowa teacher's certificate presented to Christina McMillen Wall on October 29, 1864, and signed by Hardin County Superintendent S.G. Arnold, as well as a brief historical blurb about Mrs. Wall. These copies were donated to Iowa State Teachers College in 1954 by her grandson and his wife, Reginald R. and Grace D. Stuart.
  • Folder 2: Rice-Otis Family Histories (photocopies), c. 1919-1958
    • This folder contains a history of members of the Rice and Otis families, who lived in Iowa from the mid-1800s until at least 1971. Included are a letter from an unnamed man (possibly Reverend G. G. Rice) to his unnamed nephew and another from the same man to his unnamed granddaughter (possibly Henrietta Otis Shaw). These are followed by 1) the brief reminiscences of Reverend Rice, as dictated to Henrietta Otis Shaw in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1919; 2) a more lengthy biography of DeLay William (Will) Otis written by his daughter Etta (Henrietta) Otis Shaw in 1971; and 3) a short memoir written in 1958 by a man whose first name was Rolland and last may have been Otis. Who preached the first Congregational sermon in Nebraska territory. Please note that these materials are photocopies of the originals and that SC&UA does not hold the originals.
  • Folder 3: Austin Corbin-J.B. Miller Correspondence, 1872-1873
    • This folder contains 44 letters written between May 24, 1872 and January 22, 1873. They were sent by Austin Corbin of New York City to J.B. Miller of Montezuma, Iowa, regarding loans made for mortgages. Mr. Corbin was a banker and railroad executive, while Mr. Miller was apparently a lawyer handling financial matters for a third party. Mr. Corbin was a stickler for details and, although the tone of the letters is generally professional and cordial, he sometimes expresses anger and frustration at errors made in filing papers by both Mr. Miller and his unnamed clerk.
  • Folder 4: The Midland Monthly, December 1895
    • Folder 4 contains three copies of the December 1895 issue of the literary journal The Midland Monthly, published in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a journal of original short stories, essays, and poetry. It includes an essay by Sara M. Riggs about the founding of the Iowa State Normal School.
  • Folder 5: Iowa High School Directory, 1921-1927
    • Folder 5 contains four directories of high school superintendents, principals, and teachers throughout Iowa for the years 1921-1922, 1923-1924, 1924-1925, and 1926-1927. These books were published by the Midland Schools Teaching Agency in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Folder 6: Iowa Teachers and Administrators Directory, 1932-1933
    • This folder includes a copy of the Iowa Teachers and Administrators Directory, published by The Professional Teachers Agency, Inc., in Des Moines, Iowa. It lists all the high school teachers and administrators in the state of Iowa for the 1932-1933 school year.
  • Folder 7: Iowa Centennial, 100 Years of Progress, 1846-1856, 1946
    • This folder contains the pamphlet Iowa Centennial, 100 Years of Progress, 1846-1946, which was issued by the United States Printing Office in 1946. It includes speeches by members of the Iowa Legislature concerning celebration plans and Iowa's rich history.
  • Folder 8: Bicentennial Wagon Train slides, 1976
    • Folder 8 contains 19 slides of covered wagons being driven through Cedar Falls in 1976 for the nation’s bicentennial.
  • Folder 9: "A Challenge to Change" report, 1989
    • This was the final report of the Legislative Higher Education Task Force. It is printed in newspaper format.
  • Folders 10-11: Iowa State Teachers Association materials, 1890-1922
    • Folder 10 and 11 contain printed programs of various divisions of the Iowa State Teachers Association as well as the Association’s by-laws. 
  • Folder 12: Condition of the State Message, Program Plan and Amended Budget Report – Fiscal Years, 1986-1987

Boxes 4 and 5

  • Boxes 4 and 5: Iowa State Planning Board Surveys, 1934-1937
    • These boxes contain reports of surveys by the Iowa State Planning Board. Unless otherwise noted, the author listed on the books is the Iowa State Planning Board.

Box 6

  • Folder 1: Illustrated Iowa, March 1898
    • This folder contains four copies of the March 1898 issue of Illustrated Iowa. The issue features the Iowa State Normal School. The magazine was the successor to the Saturday Review, which had served the same function.
  • Folder 2: Iowa Semi-Centennial Proclamation, 1896
    • Folder 2 contains a proclamation, dated December 28, 1896, by then Iowa governor Francis M. Drake, recognizing the 50th anniversary of Iowa's statehood.
  • Folder 3: The Book of Iowa, 1932
    • The Book of Iowa was printed in 1932 with the purpose of gathering and distributing information regarding Iowa's advantages and opportunities. The Forty-third General Assembly of the Iowa legislature made appropriations to fund "a survey of the agricultural, industrial and natural resources of the state."
  • Folder 4: Resources and Needs for Higher Education in Iowa survey, 1959
    • This folder contains a report, Resources and Needs for Higher Education in Iowa... 1960-1970, prepared in 1959 by Raymond C. Gibson of Indiana University to project the needs of higher education in the decade to come.
  • Folder 5: Iowa School Code Commission Report, 1942
    • This folder consists of a report published by the Department of Public Instruction in 1942 to Iowa Governor Wilson to "assist in the revision and codification of the laws of Iowa relating to education and the preparation of a proposed school code."
  • Folder 6: Hawkeye Girls State Programs, 1964-2002

    • Programs from the Girls State ceremonies at UNI from 1964-2002.

Boxes 7-17

  • Boxes 7 to 16 consist of Iowa Salary Books dating from 1944-2000.
    • Box 7: 1944-1966
    • Box 8: 1967-1971
    • Box 9: 1972-1975
    • Box 10: 1976-1978
    • Box 11: 1978-1988
    • Box 12: 1988-1991
    • Box 13: 1992-1994
    • Box 14: 1994-1995
    • Box 15: 1995-1997
    • Box 17: 1997-1999
    • Box 17: 1999-2001

Box 18

  • Iowa School Reports, 1918-1960
    • Iowa School Reports, 1918-1960 were issued biennially by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Each report consists of two primary sections – a narrative and summary of statistics. The narrative lists the members of the Iowa State Board of Public Instruction and describes the work performed by the divisions of the Department of Public Instruction during the biennium. The Department of Public Instruction consists of: State Board of Public Instruction, Department of Public Instruction, Administration, Division of Transportation, Division of Veterans’ Education, and Instruction. The summary of statistics section contains tables that detail enrollment and attendance, the number of schools, teaching positions, salaries, and amount and values of buildings in Iowa.

Boxes 19-22

  • Boxes 18 to 21 contain curriculum guides for elementary and secondary schools.
    • Box 19:
      • Folder 1: Outlines in Manual Training Course in Woodwork, 1915.
      • Folder 2: Course in American Citizenship in the Grades, 1921.
      • Folder 3: Library Manual for the Public Schools of Iowa, 1927.  
      • Folder 4: Courses of Study for High Schools: Chemistry, 1930.  
      • Folder 5: Courses of Study for High Schools: Industrial Arts, 1930.  
      • Folder 6: Remedial Exercises for Reading and Study in High School Subjects, 1931.  
      • Folder 7: Courses of Study for High Schools: English,1932.  
      • Folder 8: Courses of Study for High Schools:  Home Economics, 1932.
      • Folder 9: Two Hundred Topics in Iowa History, 1932.
      • Folder 10: Elementary Teachers Handbook: Reading, 1943.
      • Folder 11: Iowa Elementary Teachers Handbook: Spelling and Handwriting, 1943.
      • Folder 12: Iowa Elementary Teachers Handbook: Oral and Written Language, 1944. 
      • Folder 13: Iowa Elementary Teachers Handbook: Social Studies, 1944. 2 c.
      • Folder 14: Iowa Program of Physical Education for Boys, 1945.
      • Folder 15: Progress Report of the Iowa Home Economics Curriculum Program, 1945. 
      • Folder 16: Iowa Elementary Teachers Handbook: The Teaching of Conservation, 1949.  
      • Folder 17: Issues Concerning the Secondary School Curriculum, 1945   2 c.
      • Folder 18: A Plan of Health Education for the Rural and Elementary Schools of Iowa, 1946.
    • Box 20: 
      • Folder 1: The Iowa Course of Study for Elementary Schools, 1928.
      • Folder 2: Iowa Industrial Arts Handbook, 1941
      • Folder 3: Iowa Elementary Teachers Handbook:  Science and Nature Study, 1943.
      • Folder 4: A Proposed Design for Secondary Education in Iowa, 1947.   2 c.
      • Folder 6: The Vocabulary Overlap of Twenty-four Pre-primers, 1947.
      • Folder 7: Communications Series: English, Grades 9-10, 1948.
      • Folder 8: Communication Series: English, Grades 11-12,1948  2 c. 
      • Folder 9: Iowa Elementary Teachers Handbook: Elementary Literature, 1948   2 c. 
      • Folder 10: Physical Education for Girls: Secondary Schools, 1948.  
      • Folder 11: Practical Arts: General Agriculture, 1948.  
      • Folder 12: Iowa Secondary School Cooperative Curriculum: Mathematics Series, 1949. 
      • Folder 13: Industrial Arts for Secondary Schools, 1948.
    • Box 21:
      • Folder 1: Communications Series: Speech, Secondary Schools, 1949.  
      • Folder 2: Art: Secondary Schools. Iowa Secondary School Cooperative Curriculum Program Volume XIII. 1949.
      • Folder 3: Preparing Elementary Pupils for the Era of Atomic Energy, 1950. 3 copies
      • Folder 4: The Atom and You: A Unit for Secondary Schools, 1950.  2 copies
      • Folder 5: Iowa Citizens Investigate the Atom, 1952.
      • Folder 6: Iowa Plan for Atomic Energy Education, 1950.
      • Folder 7: Chemistry and Physics for Secondary Schools, 1950. 
      • Folder 8: The Student Activity Handbook for Secondary Schools, 1950.
      • Folder 9: Mathematics Curriculum, 1950.
      • Folder 10: Social Studies Series: The Development of World Civilization, Grade 9; The World Community, Grade 10, 1950.
      • Folder 11: Business Education, Secondary Schools, 1950.
      • Folder 12: How's Your Health: Department of Health and Physical Education, 1951.
      • Folder 13: Art for Iowa's Children: Iowa Elementary Teachers handbook. Volume XV, Grades 1 - 8.1952.
      • Folder 14: Scientific and Social Aspects of Atomic Energy: a source book for general use in colleges. Volume IV.  1952.   2 copies.
      • Folder 15: Iowa Citizens Investigate the Atom: a handbook for adult education in atomic energy. Volume V. 1952. 2 copies
      • Folder 16: Iowa Elementary Teachers Handbook Volume VIII: Arithmetic, 1954.
      • Folder 17: Resource Ideas for Planning Classroom Programs, 1955.
      • Folder 18: Strengthening Human Values in Our Schools, 1955.
      • Folder 19: Music Bulletin for Elementary Classroom Teachers, 1955
      • Folder 20: Industrial Arts for Iowa Schools, 1969.
      • Folder 21: The Iowa Guide for Curriculum Improvement in Industrial Arts, K-12, 1975.
      • Folder 22: Driver Education for Iowa Schools, 1965.
    • Box 22:
      • Folder 1: Education for Business in Iowa, 1983.
      • Folder 2: A Guide to Developing Higher Order Thinking Across the Curriculum, 1989.
      • Folder 3: Human Growth and Development, 1989.
      • Folder 4: A Guide to Developing Multicultural, Nonsexist Education Across the Curriculum, 1989.
      • Folder 5: A Guide to Developing Communication Across the Curriculum, 1989.
      • Folder 6: A Guide to Developing Learning Across the Curriculum, 1990.
  • Box 23-34
    • Boxes 23-34 consists of copies of the Iowa Educational Directory, 1894-2016.
    • Box 23: 1893-1920
    • Box 24: 1920-1932
    • Box 25: 1932-1938
    • Box 26: 1938-1950
    • Box 27: 1950-1964
    • Box 28: 1964-1969
    • Box 29: 1969-1979
    • Box 30: 1979-1992
    • Box 31: 1992-1999
    • Box 32: 1998-2004
    • Box 33: 2004-2012
    • Box 34: 2012-2020

Box 35

This box consists of a scrapbook of material relating to Iowa-born Regionalist painter Grant Wood.  It includes art gallery brochures, reproductions, newsletters, and many newspaper clippings. The clippings consist of critical and biographical articles mostly taken from the Des Moines Register from the mid 1930s through the 1950s.  Much of the material is pasted into the scrapbook. The provenance of the scrapbook is unknown. (Processing Information: Finding aid written by University Archivist Gerald Peterson, November 1994.  Prepared for the web by Assistant Archivist Dustin Witsman, January 2015. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017 and February 2018. Linear feet updated July 31, 2017.)

Oversize folder

This folder contains nine of the earliest land deeds granted in Iowa, including one from 1844, before Iowa was a state.  At first glance, most of these deeds seem to bear the signatures of the U.S. Presidents in office at the time of issue. However, starting with Andrew Jackson's administration (1829-1837), presidents didn't actually sign land deeds. This was done in their names by secretaries. The deeds are listed by date, recipient, and the president in office when they were issued.

  • October 1, 1844, to Benjamin Bauer. John Tyler.
  • March 1, 1852, to Cephas Clearwaters.  Millard Fillmore.
  • January 1, 1856, to Stephen P. Haynes.  Franklin Pierce.
  • January 1, 1856, to John R. Lot.  Franklin Pierce.
  • May 1, 1856, to Martin Langdon. Franklin Pierce.
  • July 16, 1860, to David Lyons. James Buchanan.
  • August 15, 1860, to Timme and Mary Wolahton (minors). James Buchanan.
  • Two military land warrants for separate plots of land issued to the same man, Abraham B. Sands, on July 26, 1858, and signed by a clerk named John M. Stockdale.

The folder also includes two original cartoons on large poster board by former Des Moines Register editorial cartoonist Frank Miller (1925-1983). Miller won a Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for a cartoon about the aftermath of a nuclear war.


Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017 and February 2018. Linear Feet updated July 31, 2017. Collection processed by Library Associate Dave Hoing, July 19, 2016. Updated October 2017 and February 2018 (dh). Linear feet updated July 31, 2017.Processed by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2017. Updated October 2017 and again in February 2018 (dh). Linear Feet updated August 8, 2017. Processed by Library Associate Dave Hoing, March 2017. Updated October 2017 and again in February 2018 (dh). Linear Feet updated August 7, 2017. Finding aid created by Susan A. Basye, November 1997. Added online by Library Associate Dave Hoing on November 29, 2016. Updated October 2016 and again in February 2018 (dh). Linear Feet updated August 7, 2017. Finding aids and collections consolidated by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, March 2022.