MsC 42

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1828 -- 1895
(Bulk Dates: 1850s and 1860s)
1 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: March 2003

Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Bonnie L. Elbert in 1959.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents

Records of Dr. John Downs Elbert and LeRoy Elbert; also letters of Hon. Henry G. Little, Grinnell, Iowa, on Early Settlement of Henry County, Illinois.

Box List

Most Clippings – Civil War Period

Box 1

Book of Newspaper clippings with the following inscribed on inside front cover: “LeRoy S. Elbert, Washington City, Jan. 14, 1862. Contains clippings of obituary of above under date of September 26, 1863 clipping from Rocky Mountain News. He was a native of Ohio, citizen of Iowa, brother of Sam H. Elbert, Secretary, Territory of Colorado.

Book of newspaper clippings – inscription “Sam H. Elbert – 1869” inscribed in pencil on first blue colored sheet under clippings. Most clipping dates 1871 – Identifiable clippings being Denver Daily Tribune, 1871; New York Weekly Herald, June 8, 1871; Chicago Tribune June 16, 1871; New York Weekly Tribune, June 21, 1871.

Book of newspaper clippings pasted in old Otis & Hewitt land book dated May 1, 1869 – includes letter from Provost Marshall Office Fifth District, Ill., Peoria, June 10, 1864 to Enrolling Officer – Contains many articles by Hon. Henry G. Little of Grinnell, Iowa, on Henry County, Illinois, early settlers – also Nebraska – Union Pacific Land Grant Map

Box 2

Rand McNally Pocket Map – 1895; Acquired May 16, 1958; Donated by Mr. & Mrs. B.F. Elbert, Des Moines

Genealogical Chart of the Elbert Family

Card of Admission to Lectures of J. Whitman, M.S. at “Medical College of Ohio” issued to John D. Elbert, Jr., November 3, 1828

Card certifying matriculation at above college issued John D. Elbert, Jr. dated November 3, 1828

Certificate issued to Dr. John D. Elbert as Senior Member of Ohio Medical and Philosophical Society of Cincinnati, March 2, 1829

Certificate of the Court of Common Pleas of Logan County, Ohio; John D. Elbert elected commissioner October 21, 1830

Certificate of Appointment by Postmaster General U.S.A. of John D. Elbert as postmaster at Elberts, Logan County, Ohio, October 28, 1833

Certificate from First District of Ohio, Cincinnati, admitting Dr. John D. Elbert, Jr. to practice of medicine and surgery in State, February 21, 1829

Membership Certificate issued John D. Elbert by I.O.O.F. lodge, March 28, 1846

Land Grant to Oliver Elswick of 40-acre tract in Monroe County, Iowa, February 1, 1848

Land Grant to Oliver Elswick of 40-acres, Fairfield Office, February 1, 1848

Certificate of Membership in “Sons of Temperance,” issued John D. Elbert, June 28, 1846

Card of Membership in American Medical Assn. issued John D. Elbert, delegate from Iowa Medical Society to annual meeting of A.M.A. St. Louis, 1854, together with Graduates Ticket of University of Pennsylvania, (1832?). Tickets or Professional Cards Medical College of Ohio 1828, etc. Program of St. Louis convention

Letter from J.W. White, Columbus, Ohio, 1856

Certificate of Commission of LeRoy S. Elbert as 2nd Lieut. Mounted Riflemen, June 24, 1861, bearing signature “Abraham Lincoln”

Certificate of Commission in 3rd Regt. of Cavalry as First Lieutenant to Leroy S. Elbert, February 7, 1862, bearing signatures of “Abraham Lincoln” and “Edwin M. Stanton.”

Letter from Headquarters Cavalry Division appointing 1st Lt. Leroy S. Elbert as Division Ordnance Officer

Various War Department orders, last appointing Leroy S. Elbert a “captain”

Letter of administration, May 1, 1865, in Van Buren County, Iowa, appointing administrators in estate of John D. Elbert, deceased March 27, 1865

Warranty Deed, Monroe County, Iowa, 1865

Warranty Deed, Monroe County, Iowa, 1866

Warranty Deed, Monroe County, Iowa, 1867

Acknowledgement, Wapello County, 1866

Warranty Deed, Monroe County, 1865

Copy will of Virginia Smity, 1869 (Penna)

Land Grant – Oliver Elswick, February 1, 1848

Warranty Deed, 1872

Land Grant, Bloomington, Nebraska , March 6, 1891

Appointment by President U.S. Grant of Samuel H. Elbert as Governor of Territory of Colorado, April 17, 1873

Biographical sketch of Dr. John D. Elbert by Prof. John F. Sanford, (b. May 16, 1806, in Fleming County, Kentucky) read at Masonic Services

Transactions, Iowa State Medical Society, J.D. Elbert of Keosauqua nominated as President for ensuing year

Medical Counselor, September 29, 1855

U. of Pennsylvania catalogue, 1852 -- 1853

Proceedings of Iowa State Medical Society, 1857 -- 1858

The Western American Vol. 1, No., 45, Published at Keosauqua, May 15, 1852

The Valley Weekly published at Keosauqua, April 9, 1858, Vol. 1, No.15

Roll of Scrolls



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