A library in Mount Pleasant has been given grant funding to digitize its special collection of documents related to the historic Union Block building. The Chadwick Library at Iowa Wesleyan College plans to make digital versions of materials concerning the building available by July. Among the items being scanned include books related to Belle Babb Mansfield’s law study. In 1869, Mansfield received a license to practice law at Union Block, making her the first women in the United States to do so.
The building, which was built in 1861, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was badly damaged by a fire in 2011, and completion of its restoration is expected this year.
The Library Services grant is worth around $1,500.