MsC 60

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1868 -- 1874
.5 ft
Shares a box with MsC 55 -- 59

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 Miss Frances Flick in 1959.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Use of Collections:  The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections.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 Use of Manuscripts Statement.


1. Biography (typewritten form) of Thomas E. Corkhill, born on April 24, 1822. Pioneer Iowa Methodist circuit riding minister (came to Iowa in 1849) teacher, physician; founder of Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant; secured passage of law establishing reform schools at Eldora and Mitchellville; chaplain of 25th Iowa Infantry in Civil War.

2. Ledger accounts of Thomas E. Corkhill, treasurer, Iowa Reform School, 1870-1873; Isaac T. Gibson, treasurer, 1868 auditing report signed by J.S. Parvin, President of Reform school 1874; certification by succeeding treasurer

3. Certificate of appointment of Thomas E. Corkhill signed by Governor of Iowa Samuel Merrill as Trustee of the Iowa Reform School

4. Certificate of appointment of Thomas E. Corkhill as trustee of Iowa Reform School signed by Governor John H. Gear, May 2, 1878

5. Land grant to Ford Barnes, September 1, 1851 – 40 acres, Fairfield, Iowa District – Millard Fillmore

6. Land grant to Sally Christy (widow of John Christy) 40 acres, October 2, 1854 – Franklin Pierce

7. Reprint from Oskaloosa Daily Herald, October 26, 1895, by Col. Swalm, entitled “The Iowa Industrial School – The Boy-Saver and Man-Maker of the Reformatory Systems.” Inscribed on the back in pencil “Originated in the heart and mind of my father, Rev. T.E. Corkhill”

8. Holograph diary, commissioned by Governor Samuel Kirkwood. Includes a list of wounded taken onboard the hospital ship John Roe after the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou and a list of killed and wounded after the Battle of Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863 as well as an account of a visit to the Army of the Potomac beginning on April 14, 1864. Also contains poetry, newspaper clippings, and various items laid in, such as letters and programs, dating up to 1895.

9. CD of diary without the extraneous material, with commentary written by Michael H. Graham in April 2009. This commentary consists of 152 pages of background and photographs, which add significantly to the experience of the diary

10. Copy of a Thursday, October 2, 1863 Vicksburg Daily Citizen printed with a wallpaper backing. In map case 12, drawer 18.



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