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fpc_1856-093.pdf
A history of the First Presbyterian Church, from 1840-1965, written by Clarence A. Andrews. The booklet covers 125 years of Church history, and includes photos of some of the founding members and pastors of the Church.

fpc_1964-092.pdf
Letter from West Music Co. in Iowa City, to Rev. Zerwas at the Church. West Music is the representative of the Allen Organ Co., and states that they make the finest electrical organ in the field.

fpc_1856-090.pdf
Service booklet from 1956, marking the centennial celebration of the Church building (Old Brick).

fpc_1856-089.pdf
Litany of dedication for bible markers and a pulpit scarf that were presented as a memorial to Matthew Slemmons. Back cover has historical information about, and a photo of, Mr. Slemmons.

fpc_1856-088.pdf
Service booklet from June 24, 1956. Back page has historical notes.

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Letter from Rev. Ilion T. Jones to Jacob Van der Zee, thanking him for his work in researching and writing about the history of the Church.

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Letter from Rev. Harmon Johnson of the Synod of Illinois to Rev. Harvey Mullan of the Rushville Presbytery, inquiring as to whether they might have any of records that are missing from the Church in Iowa City. At its founding, the Church was part of…

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Letters written by Jacob Van der Zee--to the Office of the General Assembly in Philadelphia, and Rev. Harmon Johnson of the Synod of Illinois--inquiring about early records from the Church.

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Cartoon drawing of the controversy over the Rev. Michael Hummer and the Bell. The attached PDF contains the transcribed text of the cartoon's panels. The text document is likely from the 1940s, while the cartoon may have been contemporary to the bell…

fpc_1940s-079.pdf
Typed version of Hummer's Bell, written by W.H. Tuttle.

fpc_1940s-078.pdf
1940s New Year's Day Recalls 3 Bells of Olden Times

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Letter from H.S. (Sherman) McCready to Jacob Van der Zee, relating details about the deaths of his father and grandfather, James McCready and James M. McCready.

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Letter from Jacob Van der Zee to Sherman McCready, asking for information about James McCready and James M. McCready, both founding members of the Church.

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Letter from J. Kirkwood Craig to Jacob Van der Zee, which accompanied a photography of John Shoup.

fpc_1940s-074.jpg
Letter from J. Kirkwood Craig to Jacob Van der Zee, which he sent along with letters from John Taylor and Alvin Smith from Salt Lake City.

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Letter from John H. Taylor to J. Kirkwood Craig, related to Craig's search for information about the Church's missing bell.

John Taylor was the President of the Temple Square Mission in Salt Lake City.

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Letter from Alvin F. Smith to J. Kirkwood Craig, related to Craig's search for information about the Church's missing bell. Smith relates that there are two bells in possession of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, one of which came from…

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Letter from J. Kirkwood Craig to Jacob Van der Zee, detailing some of Craig's efforts to find and identify the missing Church bell.

Jacob Van der Zee was wrote many historical items, including a History of Presbyterianism in Iowa City.

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Letter from J. Kirkwood Craig to A.J. Larew. Craig mentions that he is sending his recollections of the missing Church bell, and also speaks about his grandfather, John Shoup.

fpc_1940s-069.pdf
A re-telling of Craig Schell's account of the Church's missing bell, by J. Kirkwood Craig. Schell's account was from 1911, and Craig is giving an abbreviated version of it in 1941, and adds his own recollections and information to the story.

fpc_1940s-068.pdf
A letter from Guy Barnes detailing the McCready family. It mentions James M. McCready and Sarah McCready, who were early members of the Church in Iowa City. It also mentions Almon Barnes, who was ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Scott…

1940 Letter from Guy Barnes to the Church
Letter from Guy L. Barnes detailing some information about the McCready family. It mentions James and Eliza McCready, and Almon and Sarah Barnes, who were all founding members of the First Presbyterian Church in Scott township. Almon Barnes was…

fpc_1934-064.jpg
A specification of the new organ for the Church, which details the various stops. The organ is designated as Austin, Op. 1868.

fpc_1934-063.pdf
Letter from BG Austin to WW Mercer of the First Presbyterian Church regarding the receipt of payment and invoice for the new organ.

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Letter from Henry Fisk to Willis Mercer, regarding the completion of the installation of the new organ in the Church. Henry Fisk was an architect involved with the installation, and Willis Mercer was on the Board of Trustees of the Church.

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Letter from H.A. Walker of the Austin Organ Company to Henry L. Fisk. The letter relates to the shipment of organ parts to Iowa City, and gives some instructions on what should be done when the parts arrive.

Henry L. Fisk was an architect.

fpc_1934-060.jpg
A memorandum that details the shipping of organ parts from the Austin Organ Company in Hartford, CT to the Church in Iowa City. There were 82 packages weighing 14,365 pounds. The memorandum lists the train route used and the number of the train car…

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Document outlining the various bids from organ builders that submitted proposals to the Church for their new organ.

fpc_1934-056.pdf
Letter from P.E. Nielsen of the Austin Organ Company to Henry Fisk regarding the proposal for organ installation at the church.

fpc_1923-054.jpg
A copy of the Church’s Land Patent Record. Filed by J. M. Kadlec on May 25, 1923.

fpc_1911-052.jpg
Letter from W.D. Williams, Rector of Trinity Church in Iowa City, to the First Presbyterian Church on occasion of their 70th anniversary.

fpc_1912-051.jpg
Letter from Andrew Meneely, President and General Manager of Meneely & Co., about the various stamps the company used on bells previous to 1849. This letter is in response to a previous letter to Meneely & Co, and relates to Rev. Wylie’s search for…

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A letter to Meneely & Co., possibly written by Rev. D. W. Wylie. The letter is in response to a previous letter from Andrew Meneely, and relates to Rev. Wylie’s search for information about the Church’s missing bell. It mentions a bell that is…

fpc_1911-049.jpg
A letter from Andrew Meneely, President and General Manager of the Meneely Foundry in West Troy, New York. The letter was written to Rev. D. W. Wylie and describes the record (dated Aug. 16, 1849) of a bell being made for a church in Iowa City. The…

fpc_1911-048.pdf
Rev. J.P. Schell writes to Rev. D. W. Wylie about the Church’s missing bell. He states that, in addition to hearing about the bell from other sources, while serving as a missionary in Utah he met Brigham Young’s brother George, and that George…

fpc_1911-047.pdf
George Gibbs, writing as Secretary to the President of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, responds to a previous letter from Walter Davis inquiring about the possibility of the First Presbyterian Church’s missing bell being in possession…

fpc_1890-046.pdf
Letter written by Rev. John Crozier to Rev. Edward Barrett in 1890. In it, Rev. Crozier talks about Rev. Michael Hummer at length, including information about his parents, his education, and his early days as a reverend. Crozier states that…

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Letter from John Shoup to Rev. Dr. Barrett about the Church's 50th anniversary

fpc_1890-045.pdf
Program created for the First Presbyterian Church’s Jubilee Anniversary, which took place September 11-13, 1890. The Church celebrated 50 years of organization with special services and activities. Rev. Edward Barrett was pastor at the time.
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