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Public Officials and Public Policy Collections Guide (see Legislators below)

 

Allin, Bushrod W. (1899-1968). Papers, 1932-1958.

Extent: 1.68 linear feet.

Number: MS-011.

Description: U.S. Department of Agriculture official. Allin received a B.S. (1921) and a Ph.D. (1927) from the University of Wisconsin in agricultural economics. After teaching for a few years, he spent the rest of his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He worked first in the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and the planning office of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1938-1942), and then as special assistant to the chief of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1942-1946). Allin became chair of the Outlook and Situation Board in 1946, where he was responsible for reviewing all situation and outlook reports published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1965. In 1960 he was a consultant to the government of India for the International Cooperation Administration, issuing a report on the development of an agricultural outlook service. For many years Allin taught in the USDA Graduate School. Collection consists principally of Allin's writings, including articles, books, reports, book reviews, addresses, speeches, and lectures. It also contains correspondence, Congressional testimony, newspaper clippings, and biographical materials. Correspondence largely deals with his lectures in the Graduate School of the USDA and with the University of Wisconsin's alumni affairs.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Berry, Don Lytton (1880-1974). Papers, 1933-1960, undated.

Extent: 1.89 linear feet (4 document boxes, 1 half document box).

Number: MS-033.

Description: Editor, publisher and politician, Don Lytton Berry (1880-1974) was born in Indianola, Iowa. Berry was involved in many Republican Party activities both in Iowa and nationally including as a delegate to the 1936 Republican Convention and Executive Secretary of the National Republican Farm Study Committee (1941). He also worked as an editor and farmer for several years before devoting more of his time to politics. This collection contains news clippings, correspondence, speeches, notes, and reports from his various activities with the Republican party and other committees and organizations that he worked for from 1933-1960.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Cassady, Raymond W. (1881-1924). Papers, 1850-1973, undated.

Extent: 2.09 linear feet (5 document boxes).

Number: MS-339.

Description: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and farmer. Raymond Whiting Cassady studied animal husbandry at Iowa State College (University) in 1903 and 1908-1909. He was a member of Iowa State’s 1909 stock judging team which won first place at the International Stock Show in Chicago. He engaged in farming with his father under the firm name of E. M. Cassady & Son, and he managed their Walnut Ridge Stock Farm. In 1923 Governor Nate E. Kendall appointed Cassady as Iowa’s first Secretary of Agriculture. This collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and his certificate of appointment as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, information on the Walnut Ridge Stock Farm, and materials on Whiting family history.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Chrystal, John (1925- ). Papers, undated, 1893-1998.

Extent: 9.37 linear feet (16 manuscript boxes and 2 oversize boxes).

Number: MS-422.

Description: Banker, farmer, and agricultural leader. John Chrystal studied economics at the University of Iowa and farmed with his brother in Coon Rapids, Iowa, after World War II. Chrystal then became a banker in Coon Rapids and served as state superintendent of banking under Governor Harold E. Hughes (1963-1969). He was president of the Iowa Savings Bank, then president and chief executive officer of Bankers Trust in Des Moines, Iowa (1984-1989). The nephew of Roswell Garst, Chrystal was also a partner in the Garst Seed Company. Chrystal traveled extensively in the Soviet Union, meeting with Soviet officials. He ran for governor of Iowa in the 1990 Democratic primary but lost. This collection includes manuscripts of speeches, correspondence, awards, photographs, and news clippings. Correspondents include John Culver, Lowell L. Junkins, Victor F. Lischenko, and Lydia V. Ospinnikova.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Garst Family. Papers, circa 1860s-[ongoing].

Extent: 28.72 linear feet (1 records center carton, 33 document boxes, 5 half-document boxes, 8 over-sized boxes, and 1 small artifact box)

Number: MS-579.

Description: Members of the Garst family have been involved in both agriculture and politics. Edward Garst (1843-1923), a graduate of the University of Michigan, came to Coon Rapids in 1869 and established the Garst Store. His brother, Warren Garst (1850-1924), served as Lieutenant Governor of Iowa (1907-1908) and Governor of Iowa (1908-1909). Roswell Garst became friends with Henry Wallace, who developed hybrid corn. This meeting led Roswell and Elizabeth back to Coon Rapids in 1930 to begin farming Wallace's strain of hybrid corn for seed to sell to local farmers. The Garst and Thomas Hybrid Corn Company grew quickly and is credited with spreading the use of hybrid corn seed throughout the Midwest. In addition, Roswell was among the first to recognize the need for fertilizer. He also initiated experiments to prove the feed value of corncobs for cattle, working with Iowa State College (University) professor Wise Burroughs during 1948-1949. Early in 1959, Roswell and Elizabeth visited with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his wife while traveling in Europe. Upon the conclusion of their visit, Elizabeth invited the couple to Coon Rapids, should they come to the United States. The August 1959 visit of Khrushchev to Iowa catapulted the Garsts and Iowa onto the international agricultural scene. Both Roswell and nephew John Chrystal served as agricultural advisers to the United States government. This collection contains photographs, as well as drawings, scrapbooks, and some correspondence of the immediate and extended families of Roswell and Elizabeth Garst.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Garst, Roswell (1898-1977). Papers, 1919-2005.

Extent: 43.26 linear feet (103 document boxes).

Number: RS 21/07/12.

Description: Iowa agriculturist, innovator, and founder of Garst and Thomas Hybrid Corn Company. Roswell Garst attended Iowa State University and Northwestern University, but did not earn a degree. In 1926, Garst was living in Des Moines, Iowa, where he became acquainted with Henry A. Wallace, then editor of Wallaces' Farmer. Wallace interested him in the hybrid seed corn business, and Garst returned to Coon Rapids in 1930 to plant fifteen acres of hybrid corn in cooperation with Wallace. A year later Garst founded the Garst and Thomas Hybrid Corn Company in partnership with another Coon Rapids farmer, Charles W. Thomas. Garst aggressively promoted hybridization, mechanization, fertilization, and utilization of cellulose as fodder for cattle. He also advocated the use of herbicides, pesticides, and irrigation in the United States and abroad to achieve dramatic increases in agricultural productivity. Garst contributed toward improving East-West relations through agricultural exchanges and the transfer of American agricultural technology to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, news clippings, articles, and documents related to Garst's company and farms. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 visit to the Garst home in Coon Rapids is documented through correspondence, photographs, gifts, news clippings, and publications. There are also materials concerning trade transactions with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and reports on grain production in South America and other regions of the world. Correspondents include John F. Kennedy, Henry A. Wallace, Walter Mondale, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Hays, Willet M. (1859-1928). Papers, 1887-1929.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: RS 21/07/26.

Description: Agricultural scientist and public official (Assistant Secretary of Agriculture under Secretary James Wilson). Willet Martin Hays was born on a farm in Hardin County, Iowa, attended Oscaloosa College and Drake University, and received a bachelor of agriculture degree (1885) and a master of agriculture degree (1896), both from Iowa State University. In addition to brief positions at Iowa State, North Dakota College, and the Prairie Farmer, he was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota (1888-1892 and 1894-1904). Hays was a pioneer in the teaching and field study of agricultural economics, particularly in the area of farm management. He was also actively involved in agricultural education and established a unique system of agricultural high schools affiliated with the University of Minnesota. As Assistant Secretary of Agriculture under Secretary James Wilson from 1905 to 1913, Hays tried to establish the Minnesota agricultural education system on the national level through the Dolliver-Davis and Page-Wilson bills. His ideas were partially implemented in 1914 with the Smith-Lever Act. After leaving the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1913, he acted as advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of Argentina for two years before retiring. The collection contains publications by Hays during his time at the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Experiment station bulletins, articles, and newspaper clippings deal with agricultural education, hybridizing of grains and forage crops, and farm management. Also included are letters documenting reactions to Hays' governmental appointment. Correspondents are James "Tama Jim" Wilson, Edwin A. Jaggard, A. B. Crutchfield, and David Lubin.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Ink, Dwight (1922-    ). Papers, 1942-2012, undated.

Extent: 61.1 linear feet (47 records center cartons).

Number: RS 21/07/241.

Description: Dwight Albert Ink was a career public servant and Iowa State alumnus (1947) who served a number of federal government agencies under seven presidential administrations and held positions at American University and the Institute for Public Administration as well. Ink also served on government-wide groups such as the Alaskan Reconstruction Committee and the Personnel Management Project. The collection contains articles, awards, biographical materials, certificates, clippings, correspondence, invitations, legal documents, manuscripts, meeting minutes, memorandums, notes, photographs, publications, reports, and subject files, as well as a small number of artifacts and oversized materials. These materials document Ink's years of government service and related professional activities.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Kopf, Kenneth (1904- ). Papers, 1926-1991.

Extent: 7.98 linear feet (19 document boxes).

Number: MS 256.

Description: Agronomist and geneticist. Kenneth Kopf received a B.S. in agronomy from Iowa State University in 1930 and a Ph.D. in genetics from Iowa State in 1952. He worked as a plant breeding supervisor from 1933-1944, then as a geneticist for the Hawaiian Pineapple Company from 1944-1949. Kopf worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Iraq after obtaining his Ph.D. He went on to serve as an advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development (A.I.D.) in Korea (1954), Colombia (1960), Nigeria (1965), and Vietnam (1970). Collection includes correspondence, notes, maps, A.I.D. publications and reports, and travel guides. Individual issues of notable newspapers, dating back to the 1930s and the outbreak of World War II, are also included.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Manatt, Charles T. (1936-2011). Papers, 1971-2011, undated.

Extent: 2.10 linear feet (5 document boxes).

Number: RS 21/07/233.

Description: Charles T. Manatt was a lawyer, politician, and businessman. Born in Chicago and raised in Audubon, Iowa, he received his B.S. (1958) from Iowa State College (University) and his J.D. (1962) from the George Washington University School of Law. He was a cofounder of the Los Angeles law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and also founded First Los Angeles Bank. Manatt served as the state Democratic chairman in California, Democratic National Committee chairman (1981-1985), and co-chairman of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. He was named United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic by President Clinton in 1999. This collection contains materials related primarily to Manatt's tenure as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, including news clippings from both English and Spanish publications, correspondence, programs, and training materials.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Olsen, Nils Andreas (1886-1940). Papers, circa 1919-1940.

Extent: 1.68 linear feet (4 document boxes).

Number: MS-006.

Description: U.S. Department of Agriculture official and insurance company executive. Nils A. Olsen received a bachelor's degree from Luther College in 1907, did graduate work at Johns Hopkins University (1907-1908), and received a master's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1909. He was an instructor in history and economics at Muhlenberg College and Harvard University until 1912, when he undertook the management of several farms. Olsen entered the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1919 as an assistant agricultural economist. He was with the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1925-1935), as assistant to the bureau chief (1925-1928) and as bureau chief (1928-1935). He later assumed the leadership of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York. Collection includes correspondence and a diary kept by Olsen from 1925-1935, dealing with the affairs of the Department of Agriculture and the government. His writings reveal warm friendships with three Secretaries of Agriculture: William Jardine, Arthur Hyde, and especially Henry A. Wallace, whom Olsen had known for many years. Olsen had worked with Wallace's father, Henry C. Wallace, when the elder Wallace was Secretary of Agriculture (1921-1924) to create a foreign service for the Department of Agriculture. The service was established in 1930 after a long battle with the Department of Commerce. Olsen's correspondence and diary refer to Thomas Cooper, Chester C. Davis, Jerome Frank, Herbert Hoover, Arthur M. Hyde, William Jardine, Julius Klein, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Charles McNary, George Peck, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry C. Taylor, Rexford Guy Tugwell, Henry A. Wallace, and Milburn L. Wilson. The papers are in part typewritten transcripts, with the location of originals unknown.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Pederson, Sally J. Papers, 1980-2008, undated.

Extent: 17.64 linear feet (42 document boxes)

Number: RS 21/07/198.

Description: Consultant, editor, and former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, Sally Pederson was senior food editor for Better Homes and Gardens and an executive with the Meredith Corporation. Pederson was elected to two terms as Lieutenant Governor (1999-2007) of Iowa under Governor Tom Vilsack. While in office, she was an advocate for people with disabilities and worked with the legislature on these issues. The collection contains biographical information, official papers, photographs, press releases, reports, speeches, and writings. Most of the materials relate to her time as Lieutenant Governor and document her interests in autism, domestic violence awareness, disability housing, and promoting the state of Iowa.

Status: Processed.

Access: Records are restricted. Researchers must receive prior written permission from the donor to use the collection.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Talbot, Phillips. Papers, 1938-1968, undated.

Extent: 0.63 linear feet (1 document box and 1 half-document box).

Number: MS-090.

Description: Phillips Talbot worked as a reporter (1936-1938) for the Chicago Daily News prior to being selected as a fellow (1938-1941 and 1946-1951) with the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA). The Institute was established in 1925 in order to "improve the exchange of information between the United States and other parts of the world." After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander (1941-1946) during World War II, he returned to India for a second fellowship with the ICWA. Talbot taught at University of Chicago (1948-1950) and at Columbia University (1951). He then became the executive director (1951-1961) of the American Universities Field Staff (AUFS). The AUFS grew out of the activities of the ICWA, and was established in 1951 by a group of seven colleges and universities as a professional agency through which correspondents would send regular reports about foreign areas and would also regularly visit the colleges and universities to lecture, take part in seminars, and meet with faculty and students. Talbot served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1961-1965), prior to being named the U.S. Ambassador to Greece (1965-1969). This collection contains material related to Phillips Talbot's work with the Institute of Current World Affairs, information on the American Universities Field Staff, news clippings, biographical information, and photographs from Talbot's time in India (1940).

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Wallace, Henry A. (1888-1965). Collection, 1910-2007.

Extent: 2.10 linear feet (5 document boxes).

Number: RS 21/07/05.

Description: Farm editor, corn breeder, businessman, and public official. Henry A. Wallace was born on a farm near Orient, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1910. He founded the Hi-Bred Corn Company (today Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.) in 1926. Wallace was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1933-1940), Vice President (1941-1945), and Secretary of Commerce (1945-1946). He was the 1948 presidential candidate on the Progressive Party ticket. Collection includes biographical material, newspaper clippings, correspondence, addresses, photographs, interviews, reminiscences, bibliography, and publications. Copies of transcripts of interviews with Wallace in 1950-1951 by the Oral History Research Office of Columbia University give his reminiscences of the period 1888-1934. A June 1960 interview was done at the 50th anniversary reunion of the class of 1910. The collection also includes discussion papers from a workshop, "Henry A. Wallace, Hybrid Corn and the Great American Agricultural Revolution," held in 1987 at Iowa State.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


Legislators

 

Anderson, Joseph H. Papers, 1914-1960, undated.

Extent: 2.57 linear feet.

Number: RS 01/03/51.

Description: Joseph H. Anderson was born on April 12, 1871 in Winnebago County, Iowa. He received his education in the rural schools of his home county, and in Cedar Falls at the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) where he received a bachelor's degree (1898). Anderson, a Republican, was elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1914, and served continuously in the House of Representatives until 1923. He served as speaker of the House during the 40th and 40th Extra General Assemblies. He was appointed by Governor Turner as a member of the State Board of Education in 1931 and served on the Board of Education for one term from 1931-1937. The collection contains biographical information, materials from the Iowa Board of Education and the Iowa State College Agricultural Foundation. Also included are assorted publications about agriculture and farm management. The only legislative related item in the collection is a panoramic photograph of the Agriculture Committee of Iowa's 39th General Assembly (1921).

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Bedell, Berkley (1921-    ). Papers, circa 1960s-1986.

Extent: 162.2 linear feet.

Number: RS 21/07/029.

Description: Berkley Warren Bedell, a native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was a six-time Democratic Congressman (1975-1987) from Iowa's sixth district. Bedell attended Iowa State University briefly (1940-1942) before joining the United States Army (1942-1945) where he served as first lieutenant and flight trainer. In 1945, he returned to Spirit Lake and started Berkley and Company, an international fishing equipment business. In Congress, Bedell's interests included agriculture, commerce, and foreign relations. He chaired the House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture and served on the House's Small Business Committee. Files are from his Washington, D.C., and Mason City offices.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Benda, Kenneth J. (1918-2007). Papers, 1930-2007, undated.

Extent: 19.52 linear feet.

Number: RS 21/07/075.

Description: Kenneth Benda was born November 9, 1918, in Brooklyn, Iowa. Benda was active in Iowa politics, the American Legion, and a number of professional banking organizations. At various times he served as the Poweshiek County (Iowa) Republican chairman, on the Poweshiek County Conservation Board, as the Iowa Department Commander (1956-1957) of the American Legion, and as President (1975-1976) of the Independent Bankers Association of America. Benda was elected to the Iowa State Senate as a Republican in 1962. He resigned his seat in the Senate when he accepted the position as Iowa Commerce Commission Chairman (1969-1971). The collection contains biographical information, photographs, a scrapbook, professional correspondence, and files related to his legislative activities. The files related to his service as an Iowa Senator include information on legislative issues, much of which consists of correspondence, bills, articles, legislation introduced by Benda, speeches given by Benda, and committee materials (Agriculture Rural Committee, Banking Laws Study Committee, Government Fiscal Policy Committee, and Federal Legislation Committee). Correspondence contains a mix of professional and personal letters, such as thank you letters, letters of congratulations on his election, and invitations to dinners and seminars.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Camp, John E. (1915-1988). Papers, 1970-1988.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: MS-022.

Description: State representative John E. Camp was born on March 5, 1915, on a farm in Clinton County, Iowa. Camp served six terms in the Iowa House of Representatives as a Republican. He was chair of the Appropriations Committee and a member of committees involved with state government and Iowa development. The collection contains biographical information and correspondence. The correspondence is primarily letters written to Camp by his constituents with copies of his replies.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Darrington, William E. (1904-1988). Papers, 1950-1970, undated.

Extent: 2.4 linear feet (5 document boxes).

Number: MS-063.

Description: William E. Darrington was born on a farm in Persia, Iowa in Pottawattamie County on May 31, 1904. Darrington served as a State Representative as a Republican for Harrison County for nine terms (1951-1970), except for one term in 1965. In 1959 he was appointed Speaker Pro Tempore of the Iowa House of Representatives. The collection contains Darrington's state representative materials and includes subject files, printed materials on legislative concerns, speeches, drafts and proposals for bills and statutes, correspondence (mainly from constituents), and reports written by Darrington for his constituents (Highlights by Bill). The constituent correspondence includes topics such as bills and statutes, taxes, liquor control, water, roads, drainage, adoption, abortion, and population. The reports written by Darrington to his constituents, Highlights by Bill, appeared in local newspapers and discussed current bills, visitors to the legislature, and other observances or activities. Darrington described the bills which might be of interest to his constituents of Harrison County and what the bill was intended to accomplish.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Dewel, Duane E. (1901-1984). Papers, 1951-1974.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: MS-046.
Description: Duane E. Dewel was born in Burt, Iowa in 1901. He attended the University of Iowa (1919-1921) and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism (1924). Dewel was active both as a journalist and state legislator. Dewel served as State Senator in the Iowa General Assembly for two terms (1948-1960) and was leader of the Senate Republican Majority in 1955. In addition to serving as a State Senator, Dewel was state chairman (1962-1963) of Iowans Against the Shaff Plan and in 1968 was chairman of Iowans Opposed to Annual Unlimited [Legislative] Sessions. The collection contains correspondence, articles, newspaper clippings and promotional materials relating to proposals for the reapportionment of the Iowa General Assembly and with the group opposed to annual sessions of the State Legislature. The collection does not contain much material related to his work in the Iowa General Assembly, other than the records related to reapportionment.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Erskine, Alden J. (1901-1991). Papers, 1923-1977, undated.

Extent: 11.76 linear feet (27 document boxes, 2 half-document boxes).

Number: MS-085.

Description: Conservationist and state legislator, Alden J. Erskine was born May 2, 1901 in Ticonic, Iowa. He attended the Nebraska School of Agriculture (1920-1921), and then went into the automotive business in Sioux City, Iowa where he owned and operated the United Motors Automobile Maintenance Company for thirty-nine years. Erskine, a Republican, served as an Iowa State Senator (1966-1972). He was Chair of the Senate's Conservation and Recreation Committee during the 64th General Assembly and Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources (circa 1970). Erskine served on the following committees as state senator: Conservation and Recreation, Government Subdivisions, Safety and Law Enforcement, Appropriations, Cities and Towns, Constitutional and Reapportionment, Iowa Development, Ways and Means, and Assistance Grant Programs Study. The collection contains correspondence, reports, financial records, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, subject files, copies of bills, and printed materials. The bulk of the collection documents Erskine's involvement with the Izaak Walton League of America and his legislative career. Legislative materials include correspondence, subject files, committee files, conservation materials, reports, bills, news releases, and testimonies.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Evans, Cooper (1924-2005). Congressional Papers, 1980-1986.

Extent: 71.5 linear feet.

Number: RS 21/07/102.

Description: Politician, engineer, farmer, and Republican U.S. Congressman. Cooper Evans represented Iowa's Third District in the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1986. He was born in 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and attended public school in Grundy Center. He attended Iowa State University, receiving his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1942 and his M.S. in civil engineering in 1949. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1963. Evans served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1943-1946, and was a lieutenant colonel in the Corps of Engineers from 1949-1965. He served on the staff of the Atomic Energy Commission from 1956-1958. He was a member of the General Staff at the Pentagon and was director of advanced lunar missions at NASA from 1963-1965. Beginning in 1965, Evans farmed near Grundy Center. He was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1975-1979, then served in the U.S. Congress from 1980-1986. After leaving Congress, Evans was the chair of the Quality Grain Task Force, producing a report, Grain Quality: Positioning Ourselves for the Future, in 1987. Collection contains files from Evans' Congressional office in Washington, D.C., and includes correspondence with constituents, information on various local and national issues, newspaper clippings, and computer disks and tapes.

Status: Unprocessed.

Finding Aid: Unavailable.

 


 

Gaudineer, Lee H. Papers, 1967-1972, undated.

Extent: 1.05 linear feet (2 document boxes and 1 half-document box).

Number: MS-017.

Description: Lee H. Gaudineer, Jr., was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on 10 March 1932. He received his B.A. (1957) from Grinnell College, J.D. (1958) from Drake University, and LL.M. (1967) from Missouri University. Before serving in Iowa government, Gaudineer was an attorney and served as a staff member of the legislative research bureau. After serving one term in the Iowa House, Gaudineer (Democrat) was elected to the Iowa State Senate on November 8, 1966. Two years later he won reelection. After this period Gaudineer did not seek reelection and returned to private law practice. The collection consists of minutes of the committees or sub-committees Gaudineer served on in the Iowa House and Senate. Also included are notes, minutes, correspondence, resolutions and other papers dealing with a challenge to the Iowa delegation to the 1972 Democratic National Convention. This challenge was brought before the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Committee (1972).

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Gue, Benjamin F. Papers, 1852-1962, undated.

Extent: 2.84 linear feet (2 document boxes and 2 oversized boxes).

Number: RS 01/03/52.

Description: Benjamin Gue was born December 25, 1828 on a farm  in Green County, New York. Gue came to Iowa when he was 24 and farmed land in Scott County. In 1856, he became a delegate to the State Convention, which formally organized the Republican Party in Iowa. In 1857, he was elected as the Scott County delegate (1858-1862) to the Iowa State House of Representatives, to the Iowa State Senate (1862-1866) and Lieutenant Governor (1866-1868).  He was one of the authors of a bill to establish a state agricultural college and model farm (Iowa State University), which Governor Ralph P. Lowe signed the bill into law on March 22, 1858. He also encouraged the Iowa Legislature to accept the Morrill Act of 1862. An influential figure in the development of the College, Gue served as President (1886) of the Board of Trustees for the Iowa Agricultural College. He also wrote a history of the College, Origin and Early History of Iowa State College. The collection contains biographical material about Benjamin F. Gue, the address he gave at the opening of Iowa State (1869), scrapbooks, and his journals.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


Hanson, Arthur C. Papers, 1917-1966.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: RS 21/07/064.

Description: Arthur C. Hanson (1891-1966) was a livestock farmer and former member of the Iowa State House of Representatives. He was an active member of the Inwood (Iowa) community serving on the Inwood school board, the Lyon County Board of Supervisors, and the local farm bureau chapter. This collection contains biographical information and correspondence relating to Hanson's legislative career. The bulk of the letters are from Lyon County constituents expressing their positions on various House bills, such as legislation to discontinue Iowa's mandatory testing for tuberculosis on cows, to limit the number of county supervisors from five to three, and to reduce taxes.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Hanson, Fred B. Papers, 1961-1970.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: RS 21/07/040.

Description: State representative (Republican) Fred B. Hanson was born in Inwood, Iowa, on November 20, 1888, the son of pioneer parents. He received his education at Lenox College and Iowa State University (1913). Hanson was an extension director for Harrison County, Iowa; a project manager for Granger Homesteads; a school secretary; an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance; and secretary of the Mitchell County [Iowa] Fair. Beginning in 1961 he served four terms in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing Howard and Mitchell counties. Collection includes letters to editors of county papers and to constituents on public issues, and also contains copies of Hanson's legislative newsletters and press releases.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Harbor, William H. and Floyd H. Millen Papers, 1956-2010, undated.

Extent: 16.59 linear feet (39 document boxes, 3 half-document boxes).

Number: MS-018.

Description: William Harbor (Republican) served as a representative from Mills County in the Iowa House (1955-1957, 1967-1973, 1977-1993) and as a Senator from Mills-Montgomery Counties (1956-1960). In 1967, Harbor returned to the Iowa House and served as Speaker (1969-1971). Harbor also was Chief Clerk of the House (1973-1974). Floyd H. Millen (Republican) served as a Representative in the Iowa House (1963-1981). The collection (1956-2010, undated) contains correspondence, subject files, newsletters, reports, bills, minutes, speeches, resolutions, press releases, invitations, publications, news clippings and calendars. The bulk of the collection contains correspondence and subject files related to Harbor's time in the Iowa Legislature during the years 1964-1981.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Hempel, John G. (1860-1945). Papers, 1881-1948, undated.

Extent: 0.84 linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 map case folder)

Number: MS-680.

Description: John G. Hempel (Republican) was born on December 9, 1860, in Giard township, Clayton County, Iowa. Hempel was involved in the political life of Iowa in a variety of ways. He served as the auditor of Clayton County for eight years (1896-1904), was elected to two terms as a member of the Republican State Central Committee for the Fourth Congressional District, appointed by Governor Albert B. Cummins as a member of the state voting machine commission, and elected as a state Representative in 1923 (serving in the fortieth through forty-second sessions). The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, and political memorabilia. The correspondence consists mostly of letters to and from constituents while Hempel was serving in the Iowa House of Representatives and as Clayton County Auditor, but also includes correspondence received from Iowa Governor and U.S. Senator Albert B. Cummins regarding Hempel's assistance in his political campaigns. The collection also contains programs and materials from various events: the Iowa State Fair, Republican State Conventions, the Republican National Convention, and State of Iowa Inaugural Ceremonies.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Iowa Women Legislators Oral History Project, 1988-1994.

Extent: 2.1 linear feet (5 document boxes).

Number: MS-257.

Description: This collection consists of 53 interviews of Iowa women legislators, conducted by Suzanne O'Dea Schenken. The interviews were used for Schenken's dissertation, Legislators and Politicians: Iowa's Women Legislators (Iowa State University, 1992). The legislators were asked questions about their childhood, family background, education, work experience and legislative careers.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Kehe, Luvern W. (1909-1995). Papers, 1964-1972, undated.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: MS-043.

Description: Iowa legislator and conservationist, Luvern W. Kehe was born in Black Hawk County, Iowa, in 1909. He received a B.S. (1931) from the University of Iowa in civil engineering. Kehe (Republican) served two terms as an Iowa state representative (1969-1972) and was chair of the Environmental Preservation Committee. The collection (1964-1972, undated) contains correspondence, statements, minutes, and printed materials related to Kehe's service on the Iowa House Environmental Preservation Committee and the Standing [Joint House-Senate] Committee on Environmental Preservation. 

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Laverty, Charles (1916-1995). Papers, 1965-1974, undated.

Extent: 2.6 linear feet (2 records center cartons).

Number: RS 21/7/69.

Description: Charles Owen Laverty was born in Indianola, Iowa, on April 16, 1916. He attended Indianola schools and Simpson College prior to earning a B.S. (1940) in dairy husbandry from Iowa State College (University). Laverty (Republican) represented Marion, Monroe, and Warren counties in the Iowa State Senate (1969-1972). During his two terms as state senator, he headed two environmental preservation study committees which produced several innovations that were later enacted into state law, including the establishment of the Chemical Technology Review Board, the Department of Environmental Quality, and a soil conservancy measure. Laverty was also a member of the Land Use Policies Study Committee. This collection contains files relating to Charles Laverty's work on environmental issues and land use during his service in the Iowa state legislature. The materials include correspondence, minutes, reports, and background information.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

McCall Family. Papers, 1816-1929, undated.

Extent: 8.22 linear feet (14 document boxes, 1 half-document box, 1 oversize box).

Number: MS-001.

Description: The McCall Family Papers document the McCall family for a little over one hundred years (1816-1929, undated). One member of the family, Thomas Clifton McCall (T.C. McCall), came to Polk County, Iowa, in 1846. McCall was a leader in Story County Republican circles and served as a state legislator in the 9th (1862), 19th (1882), and 20th (1884) general assemblies; he also served as a state senator in the 24th general assembly (1892). In addition, he was a member of the State Central Committee which attempted to further the interests of the Republican Party. The collection contains correspondence written while McCall served as state legislator and senator. The correspondence includes letters between T. C. McCall and his wife, Mary A. B. McCall, and son, John, while T. C. McCall was serving in the state legislature in 1862. Other political correspondence includes letters concerning the Republican presidential campaign in 1860, candidates for Governor in 1867, and a set of letters from J. W. Watts in 1883 concerning T. C. McCall's political potential.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

McCartney, Ralph F. (1924-2009). Papers, 1967-2009, undated.

Extent: 4.3 linear feet (7 document boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 map case folder).

Number: MS-418.

Description: Ralph Farnham McCartney was born December 11, 1924 in Charles City, Iowa. McCartney (Republican) represented Floyd County in the Iowa House of Representatives during the 62nd and 63rd General Assemblies (1967-1970) and served as House Majority Leader during his second term. He subsequently served as a member (1970-1972) of the Iowa Board of Regents prior to serving in the Iowa Senate during the 65th General Assembly (1973-1974). The collection contains correspondence, speeches, newsletters, bills, news clippings, and legislative reports.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Messerly, Francis L. (1915-1994). Papers, 1967-1984, undated.

Extent: 1.05 linear feet (2 document boxes and 1 half-document box).

Number: MS-143.

Description: Francis L. Messerly was born on April 21, 1915 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He attended public school in Cedar Falls and graduated from high school in Finchford, Iowa. Messerly was a member of both the Iowa General Assembly's House (1961-1964) and Senate (1965-1972), serving as chairman of the Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of the Budget and Financial Control Committee. Messerly (Republican) was a leader in the reform of Iowa's criminal justice system by introducing legislation that allowed work release for county jail prisoners and a reformed meal system. Messerly also became involved with the Iowa universities during the campus unrest years of the Vietnam War era (circa 1967-1971), the Edward Hoffmans affair at the University of Northern Iowa (Hoffmans was against the student draft), and the reorganization of the School of Journalism at the University of Iowa. Messerly was critical of the student riots, campus "radicals," university employees sympathetic to the student unrest, and the universities' use of public funds. The collection contains correspondence, publications, reports, articles, news clippings, speeches and biographical information. The majority of the collection contains records related to Iowa universities.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Mezvinsky, Edward M. Papers, 1937-2002, undated

Extent: 20 linear feet (35 document boxes, 1 records center carton, 5 oversize boxes, and 2 map case folders).

Number: MS-274.

Description: Edward M. Mezvinsky was born in Ames, Iowa and received his B.A. (1960) from the University of Iowa, M.A. (1963) in political science from the University of California, and his J.D. (1965) from the University of California. He was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1969-1970) and elected to the United States House of Representatives to the Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses (1973-1977). During his first term, Mezvinsky was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee and took part in the deliberations regarding president Richard M. Nixon's impeachment. He was later appointed as a United States representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (1977-1979). In 2001 he was convicted of several charges of fraud. This collection contains biographical information, material from the Nixon impeachment, material related to the Gerald Ford hearings for president, political campaign materials for various political offices Mezvinsky ran for, and his papers and work from the United Nations (U.N.). The collection has photographs and artifacts.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Miller, Leroy S. (1914-1982). Papers, 1959-1970, undated.

Extent: 5.25 linear feet (12 document boxes and 1 half document box).

Number: MS-009.

Description: Leroy Miller was born on November 28, 1914, and raised on a farm near Clarinda. For thirteen years he operated a farm, and then became involved as a farm implement dealer in Shenandoah. Miller (Republican) began his first term as the Page County representative to the Iowa State Legislature in 1962 served as a representative for a total of eight years. He was placed on numerous committees and sub-committees including the Transportation Committee, the Roads and Highways Committee, and the Sub-Committee on Appropriations for Social Services. On each of these committees Miller served as chairman.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Mullins, Sue. Papers, 1941-1997, undated.

Extent: 2.94 linear feet (6 document boxes, 2 half-document boxes).

Number: RS 21/07/220.

Description: Sue Mullins was born in Denver, Colorado on June 18, 1936 and graduated with a B.S. from Iowa State University (1967). Mullins (Republican) served as a Representative in Iowa's state legislature (1979-1988). The collection includes campaign materials, correspondence, notebooks, and photographs.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Murray, John Stevenson. Papers, 1971-1983, undated.

Extent: 14.91 linear feet (35 document boxes, 1 half-document box).

Number: MS-154.

Description: John Stevenson Murray, State Republican Senator of Iowa, represented district twenty-one for ten years in the Iowa General Assembly (1973-1983). The collection contains correspondence, reports, committee files, speeches, legislation, tax information, appropriation files, news clippings and subject files related to his time as a legislator. The bulk of the collection is correspondence, committee files, and documents related to tax issues.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Rae, George. Papers, 1861-1907.

Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box).

Number: MS-002.

Description: George Rae was a Scottish immigrant who settled in Maine in 1861. Four years later, he traveled west with the intention of finding land for farming. He moved to Dow City, Iowa, where he lived until his death in 1907. Rae (Republican) served in the Iowa General Assembly from 1876-1878. The collection includes letters from Rae's relatives in Scotland, recommendation letters from peers, family records, tax records, receipts, obituaries and two diaries.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Reichardt, William J. (1930-2004). Papers, 1961-1970, undated.

Extent: 2.52 linear feet (6 document boxes).

Number: MS-008.

Description: Born on June 24, 1930, William "Bill" Reichardt attended Iowa City public schools until his graduation in 1948 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (1952) at the University of Iowa. The collection includes correspondence, research material/subject guides, and newspaper clippings concerning Reichardt's (Democrat) four-year tenure as a state Senator (1966-1970). The newspaper clippings include material sent to Reichardt by his constituency, his colleagues, or saved by his staff, and they cover both political and personal topics.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Scott, George L. (1887-1975). Papers, 1960-1967, undated.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: MS-041.

Description: George L. Scott was born on July 21, 1887 in Fayette County, Iowa, and lived his entire life in that area. Scott (Republican) was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1935 and was reelected five times. He was appointed to the Iowa Liquor Commission, but in 1953 he returned to the Iowa legislature, being elected to the Senate and serving three terms there. The collection primarily contains correspondence with his constituents (arranged in subject files) and also contains speeches, personal correspondence, and a letter to the editor. A few of the subject files contain copies of bills, newspaper clippings and resolutions from city or county officials.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Stuart, William C. Papers, 1957-1971, undated.

Extent: 1.26 linear feet (3 document boxes).

Number: RS 21/07/045.

Description: William Corwin Stuart was born on April 28, 1920, and graduated from Iowa State College (University) with a B.A. (1941). In 1942, Stuart received his J.D. degree and was admitted to the Iowa Bar Association. His political career began in 1946, when he was named city attorney for Chariton. He served in this capacity until 1947, and in 1953, Stuart (Republican) was elected to the Iowa State Senate (1953-1957) and was re-elected (1957-1961). Stuart was then an associate justice (1961-1971) on the Iowa Supreme Court and on November 1, 1971, was named U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa. This collection contains materials collected by Mr. Stuart during his legislative career, including files on the economy, education, a contest election, legislative reform, reapportionment, and taxes. Also included is a series of committee records as well as correspondence and notes related to an article written by Stuart on Iowa court congestion.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

Whiting, Charles E. Papers, 1842-1915, undated.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 document box).

Number: RS 01/03/53.

Description: Charles E. Whiting was a well-respected farmer and politician from Monona County, Iowa. He was the Democratic candidate for governor of Iowa in 1885 and was elected state senator in 1883. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Iowa State College during its early years. This collection includes correspondence, largely about his campaign for governor and his expansive farm; speeches he wrote for his campaigns; deeds; and legal documents regarding the various land acquisitions that he made. The collection includes one letter each from Iowa State Presidents Adonijah Welch and S. A. Knapp.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

Wilson, James A. "Tama Jim" (1835-1920). Papers, 1887-1986.

Extent: 5.8 linear feet (9 document boxes).

Number: RS 09/01/11.

Description: James Wilson (1835-1920) was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, the first of fourteen children. The family emigrated to the U.S. in 1851, settling in Connecticut, but moved to a farm near Traer in Tama County, Iowa in 1855. During his early years in Iowa, James attended Grinnell College, began farming, married Esther Wilbur in 1863, and edited the Traer Star-Clipper. Wilson (Republican) was elected to the Iowa legislature (1867-1871), then to approximately three terms (the last one was contested) in the U. S. House of Representatives (1873-1877; 1882-1885). In Congress he served on the Committee on Agriculture and the Rules Committee, and acquired the nickname "Tama Jim" to distinguish him from Senator James Falconer Wilson ("Jefferson Jim"), also from Iowa. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence, addresses, articles, transcripts and tapes of interviews with people who knew Tama Jim, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, and genealogical material. Correspondence includes letters of recommendation, letters regarding appointments, and letters containing Wilson's opinions regarding professional matters.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.