MsC 61

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1916 -- 1948
(Bulk Dates: 1925 -- 1945)
59 items

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: January 2003

Acquisition Note: The papers of Dante Melville Pierce were obtained for the University of Iowa Libraries as a result of the interests, efforts, and correspondence initiated by George M. Sheets, 1958 -- 1959. The papers were a gift of Richard S. Pierce of Des Moines, Iowa.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Chronological biography of Dante Melville Pierce

1880 -- Born in Bedford, Iowa, August 29, 1880, the son of James Melville and Kate L. (Southard) Pierce

189? -- AttendedIowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts

n.d. -- Enlisted in Company I, Fifth Missouri Regiment, United States Army, during the Spanish American War (1898)

n.d. -- Worked as livestock fieldman for The Iowa Homestead in Iowa and Illinois

1906 - married Florence Prather Pierce

1912 -- His son, Richard S. Pierce, was born in Springfield, Illinois

1920 -- Succeeded his father, James M. Pierce, as publisher of The Iowa Homestead, at his father's death, November 1, 1920

1929 -- Sold The Iowa Homestead to the Wallace Publishing Company. The consolidated journal became the Wallace's Farmer and Iowa Homestead; divorced Florence Prather Pierce

1932 -- Repurchased the Wallace's Farmer and Iowa Homestead after the 1930 -- 1932 depression had ruined the Wallace interest. Henry Agard Wallace remained its editor until 1933.

1933 -- Second wife, Laura Rawson Coffee died; married Dr. Grace O. Doane, September 10, 1936, his third marriage

1950 -- His son, Richard S. Pierce, became associate publisher of Wallace's Farmer and Iowa Homestead

1955 -- Died at his Des Moines home, July 27, 1955, at the age of 74

Scope and Content

The strength of the collection lies in its introductory visualization of the national importance of the Iowa agricultural press and the large extent to which the nation's lawmakers rely on the local Iowa agricultural publisher to provide them with a clear insight into the local food growers' and producers' problems. The significant weakness of the collection lies in the smallness of its size, i.e. fifty-nine items.

Related materials

"Dante Melville Pierce," Who's Who in Iowa, vol.1, 391. Chicago: Larkin, Roosevelt & Larkin, Ltd., 1947.

"Dante Pierce Is Dead," New York Times, July 29, 1955, page 17, column 5.

Dodge, Edward N. (ed.). "Dante M. Pierce," in Business Men of Iowa, 585. Des Moines: Midwest Publications, Inc., 1953.

Murphy, Donald R. "Dante Melville Pierce, 1880-1955," Wallace's Farmer and Iowa Homestead, LXXX, no. 15 (August 6, 1955), 12.

Smith, C.R.F. "The Iowa Homestead," The Palimpsest, XI, no. 6 (June 1930), 229 -- 241.




Newspaper clippings, 1922 -- 1934


Correspondence 1924 -- 1945. Including letters from Charles A. Rawson, Cassius C. Dowell, L.J. Dickinson, Henry Field, Robert M. LaFollette, Jr., Fred C. Gilchrist, Smith W. Brookhart, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., John Cowles, C. W. Ramseyer, T.J. B. Robinson, H. A. Wallace, James A. Farley, Clyde L. Herring, Hubert Utterback, and George A. Wilson


Guest book, 1939 -- 1948


A plan for advertising a farm paper, 1916. Including letters from John P. Wallace and H. C. Wallace


Republican National Convention Material [1927]


Stockholders of Farm Publishing Company. n.d.


Study of Iowa farm rents, 1927



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