MsC 225

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1790 -- 1936
(Bulk Dates: 1860s -- 1880s)
.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
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Posted to Internet: October 2002

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Biographical Note

1817 Born in Alton, Staffordshire, England

1819 Greene family moved to Buffalo, New York

1833 --1836 Educated at Carysville Collegiate Seminary, Aurora Academy and French's Collegiate Institute

1838 Moved to Davenport, employed as surveyor. Marriage to Harriet Merritt of Buffalo, New York

1840 Admitted to the bar in Iowa City

1847 Admitted to state supreme court

1849 Cedar Rapids is founded

1855 Marries Francis R. Graves of Cooperstown, New York

1856 Birth of Calvin Graves Greene

1864 -- 1866 Construction of Rockford, Rock Island & St. Louis Railroad. George Greene
becomes president of Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Minnesota Railroad.

1867 Birth of Robert C. Greene

1875 Founding of Coe Collegiate Institute. George Greene president of the Board

1880 Building of Greene's Opera House. Death of George Greene, June 23

Scope and Content

The Greene family papers are made up entirely of transcriptions of diaries, letters, and cards typed onto note cards. George Greene's diaries provide information on early days in Johnson, Jones, and Linn counties, especially in the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His son, Robert, detailed what was playing at Greene's Opera House in his diary. Calvin Graves Greene described his many trips, including one to San Francisco in 1915.



1790 -- 1880: 33 cards giving happenings on various dates in the lifetime of George Greene

A card dated 12/20/1851 extracting a letter from George Greene to his daughter

A card dated 1/2/1861 extracting a letter to Judge Greene from Rev. S. Stau, Savannah, Georgia

A card dated 2/8/1861 extracting a letter to "Dear Judge" from Nathaniel B. Baker, Clinton, Iowa

An "At Home" card for Mrs. George Greene, undated

PACKET 2 1849

Includes 65 entry cards from 1/2/1849 to 7/1/1849. George Greene made no later entries.

PACKET 3 1864

Includes 46 entry cards from 1/1/1864 to 12/30/1864

PACKET 4 1865

Includes 79 entry cards from 1/1/1865 to 12/31/1865

PACKET 5 1866

Includes 73 entry cards from 1/1/1866 to 12/31/1866. No entries from 12/5/1866 to 12/31/1866

NOTE: There are no 1867 entries

PACKET 6 1868

Includes 73 entry cards from 1/1/1868 to 12/31/1868. No entries from 8/1/1868 to 9/25/1868

PACKET 7 1869

Includes 61 entry cards from 1/1/1869 to 7/30/1869

PACKET 8 1870

Includes 81 entry cards from 1/1/1870 to 12/21/1870

PACKET 9 1871

Includes 133 entry cards from 1/1/1871 to 12/31/1871


Includes 51 entry cards from 1/1/1872 to 12/31/1872. No entries from 6/25/1872 to 11/3/1872

PACKET 11 1873

Includes 70 entry cards from 1/1/1873 to 12/31/1873. No entries from 6/28/1873 to 8/17/1873 and from 11/20/1873 to 12/31/1873

NOTE: There are no 1874 entries

PACKET 12 1875

Includes 57 entry cards from 1/1/1875 to 12/31/1875. No entries from 2/25/1875 to 8/8/1875 and 10/30/1875 to 12/31/1875

NOTE: There are no 1876 entries

PACKET 13 1877

Includes 46 entry cards from 1/1/1877 to 12/31/1877. No entries from 7/2/1877 to 12/31/1877

PACKET 14 1878

Includes 94 entry cards from 1/1/1878 to 12/31/1878. No entries from 12/21/1878 to 12/31/1878

NOTE: There are no 1879 entries

PACKET 15 1880

Includes 23 entry cards from 1/1/1880 to 6/27/1880. George Greene died 6/23/1880

PACKET 16 The Diary of R C. Greene

44 note cards, from 1878 -- 1885

PACKET 17 The Diary of C. G. Greene

166 note cards, from 1879 -- 1936


Transcript of a letter, Washington, D.C., 9 March 1854, George Greene to John Wear, Jr. Concerning the Dubuque and Iowa City mail route

Transcript of a letter, Iowa City, 29 June 18[34?]. George Greene to [ ]. Concerning the necessary action on the part of the Cedar Rapids citizens to have the railroad speedily built

Transcript of a recommendation by the directors of the Chicago, Iowa & Nebraska Railroad concerning the purchase of iron. Boston, 12 August, 1858

Aunt Libby, Cousin George, and Community: The Calders, Greenes and Early Cedar Rapids by Elizabeth Wilhelm Dake. Gift of Ms. Dake



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