Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

RS 21/7/204
George R. Flower (1848-1874)
Diary (photocopy), 1869-1895

Descriptive summary


Flower, George R. (1848-1874)


Diary (photocopy)


1869-1895, n.d.


0.21 linear ft. (1 half-document box)

collection number:

RS 21/7/204


University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

George R. Flower Diary (photocopy), RS 21/7/204, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

George R. Flower was born to Roswell S. and Phebe (Peck) Flower on May 19, 1848. The Flower family arrived in Iowa from Vermont in 1857 and acquired 160 acres of farmland in Humboldt County. Roswell served as Corinth township clerk (1860) and postmaster of the Addison post office.

George attended Iowa State Agricultural College (Iowa State University) starting in 1870. George received his B.S. in 1873 making him part of the second graduating class of the College. While studying at Iowa State, George enrolled in a number of math and chemistry courses and also worked in one of the laboratories.

After returning home from college, George struggled with illness throughout the following year. He died December 21, 1874, at his parents house four miles south of Humboldt. He is buried at Indian Mound cemetery near Lorbeers, Iowa.


Collection description

This collection (1869-1873) contains the photocopied diary of George R. Flower. The diary contains entries related to George's time at Iowa State Agricultural College (Iowa State University). He records expenditures, names of classmates, and notes for several of his classes including chemistry and biology. He also carefully records his hours and duties performed in the College laboratory and back home during breaks. The collection contains additional biographical information including a biographical sketch written by Pat Baker of the Humboldt County Historical Museum where the original diary is housed.



The collection is arranged alphabetically.


Container list







Biographical information (photocopies)

1870-1895, n.d.



Diary (photocopy)