Collection Dates: 1838 -- 1897
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: November 1997
Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa
Libraries by J. Gordon Chamberlin in 1971.
and Restrictions: This
collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
Photographs: Box 1
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James Chamberlin (1817 -- 1897) settled near North Liberty in Johnson County,
Iowa in 1841. There he farmed and took part in community affairs. Chamberlain
(a Republican) was on the Johnson County board of supervisors, a member of the
school board, and a justice of the peace.
The papers of James
Chamberlin date from 1838 to 1897 and were given to the University of Iowa Libraries
in 1971, by his great grandson, J. Gordon Chamberlin. The twenty eight items
making up the collection include daybooks kept by Chamberlin from 1852 to 1890.
There he reported not only his day to day activities, but also some financial
transactions. There is an account book for the years 1838 to 1854, in which
his expenses as well as earnings were itemized. A ledger of school records documents
the formation of the school district for Penn township in Johnson County, Iowa.
It also records the meeting relating to the building of their first school and
later contains information about the students and teachers. Finally, a book
of court records kept when he was a justice of the peace details his court cases
and the resulting judgments.
Index to the papers prepared by the son of the donor, J. Gordon Chamberlin. Xerox copy; original returned to Mr. Chamberlin.
Folder of 10 photographs, with 5 pages of miscellaneous accounts and 1 A.L.S. to James Chamberlin, Iowa City, from David S. Chamberlin, 17 January, 1851, 4 p.
Four copies of a 'sampler', prepared by J. Gordon Chamberlin.
Account book, 1838 -- 1854.
Court records of James Chamberlin, Justice of the Peace, 1853 -- 1871.
School records, 1854
1852 -- 1862.
1863 -- 1869.
1870 -- 1879.
1880 -- 1888.
1889 -- 1890.