Samuel Calvin Papers
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Acquisition and Processing Information: These materials were donated to the University Archives by Ray Anderson in December 1997 and the Iowa Geological Survey Bureau in 1998. Guide created by Denise Anderson, September 2007.
Samuel Calvin, 1882
Scope and Contents
This collection includes the professional correspondence, speeches, and publications of Samuel Calvin, dated 1884 to 1910. Three boxes contain material relating to his family, including correspondence, photographs, and travel journals. A detailed inventory of this collection, created by a bookseller, is housed in box 13.
Samuel Calvin was born February 2, 1840, in Wigtownshire, Scotland. Calvin's parents immigrated to the United States in 1851, and lived first in New York, and then moved to Iowa in 1855. On April 30, 1864, he enlisted in the service of the Union Army, 44th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry Volunteers, as a private in Company C, for a period of 100 days. At the time of his enlistment, Mr. Calvin was working as a carpenter. On September 5, 1865, he married Mary Louise Jackson of Hopkinton, Iowa. They had one child, Alice, born in 1866.
Calvin took his M.A. degree at Cornell College in 1874, and his Ph.D. at Lenox College in 1888. He received the LL.D. degree at Cornell College in 1904. He was professor of Natural Sciences at Lenox College in Hopkinton from 1864 to 1869, and served as the principal of a Dubuque, Iowa, school from 1869 until 1873.
Calvin joined the faculty of the State University of Iowa in January 1874 as professor of Natural Science and curator of the University Cabinet. He was the first head of the SUI Geology Department, and served as geologist for the state of Iowa, with his focus on paleontology. His other areas of research and instruction were zoology and botany. In addition, he had a keen interest in environmental conservation, and was an accomplished photographer. Calvin made photographs of geological formations, as well as the architecture and people of the Iowa City area. Samuel Calvin died April 17, 1911.
[D. Anderson; 09/2007]
Folder, "Calvin, Samuel," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03)
Samuel Calvin photographs, within Iowa City Town and Campus Scenes digital collection (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/resources/digitizedcollections.html)
Records of the Dept. of Geoscience (RG 06.15)
Manuscript File Collection on Early University History (RG 01.01.01)
Papers of George F. Kay (RG99.0086)
Box Contents List
---. 1909; A-K
---. Lenox Days, 1900: a Souvenir of the Fortieth Anniversary of Lenox College
---. The Bairds: a Condensed Chronology of an Ancient House, With Genealogical Tracings of its American Descendants, 1909
---. Holy Bible, inscribed "Samuel Calvin, Camp McClellan, Davenport, Iowa, May 21, 1864"
---. Scrapbook, inscribed "To Mama from Alice, December 25, 1880, Merry Christmas!"
------. Clippings and obituaries, 1873-1902
------. State University of Iowa commencement program, 1887
------. Letter, 1899
Folder, W. A. Lomas
---. Letter regarding folder contents, 1980
Marriage certificate, Samuel Calvin and Mary Louise Jackson, September 5, 1865, in Hopkinton, Iowa
Composition, "My Visit to Grandma's," by Alice B. Calvin
Biography of Samuel Calvin for National Cyclopedia of American Biography, December 24, 1915
Army discharge papers, September 15, 1864
Leonard Calvin folder of correspondence and clippings
---. Portrait of Mrs. Calvin, ca. 1900
---. Lomas family
Travel journals of Alice B. (Calvin) Lomas, 1891-1892
Outline of collection providing detail of correspondence and photographs
Samuel Calvin by Harrison John Thornton, Centennial Memoirs series.