MsC 98

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1929 -- 1978
5 linear ft.

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 1998
Addenda: 1989, 1997

Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mr. Hoegh from 1958 to 1997.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 1, 8

Film/Video: Boxes 9 and 8

Audio Material: Box 9

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Series Table of Contents

Biographical note

Scope and contents

Box 1 Biographical material -- Photographs

Box 2 Civil defense speeches, 1957-1958

Box 3 Civil defense speeches, Jan.-Sept. 1959

Box 4 Civil defense speeches, Oct. 1959 - April 1960

Box 5 Civil defense speeches, May 1960 - Jan. 1961

Box 6 Campaign material, speeches delivered as Governor of Iowa, and civil defense related printed material

Box 7 Papers, speeches, and clippings

1989 Addendum

Box 8 Budget message -- Film footage

Box 9 Film footage -- Audio disk

1997 Addendum

Box 10 Appointment books -- Memoir

Biographical Note

A native of the southern Iowa town of Chariton, Leo A. Hoegh was born on March 30, 1908. He attended the University of Iowa, receiving his BA in 1929 and his law degree in 1932. He returned to Chariton to start his law practice. In 1937, he won a seat in Iowa’s House of Representatives. While serving in the House he was also working as Chariton’s City Attorney. He left the legislature to enlist in the army in 1942. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and it was while serving at the German front that he first met Dwight D. Eisenhower. Hoegh returned to his law practice after the war and was Iowa’s Attorney General from 1952 to 1954. He was elected Governor in 1954. As governor, Hoegh modernized the school system, increased state aid to education, improved state highways, and reformed health care treatment for the mentally ill. To pay for these programs taxes were raised. These tax increases led to Hoegh’s defeat in the next election.

Leaving the office of governor in 1957, Hoegh moved to Washington, DC where he became the civil defense administrator. From 1958 to 1961, he served on the Eisenhower administration’s National Security Council as the director of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization. His office helped to fan America’s fear of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union in those early years of the Cold War and promoted the building of bomb shelters. He left Washington and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where he practiced law until his retirement in 1975. Leo A. Hoegh died on July 15, 2000, at the age of 92.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Leo A. Hoegh document his political career with five linear feet of manuscripts dating from 1929 to 1978. Comprised primarily of speeches, there are also correspondence files, campaign literature, photographs, clippings, audio tapes of interviews, and film footage from his term as Governor of Iowa. Civil defense is the main topic of the speeches although some concern taxes. The correspondence includes letters from Dwight D. Eisenhower and Fred Schwengel.

Box List

 Box 1

Biographical material.

Correspondence, 1942 -- 1978. Including letters from: William S. Beardsley, Robert K. Beck, Gerald Bogan, Charles B. Hoeven, Thomas E. Martin, Fred Schwengel, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Karl LeCompte, Paul Cunningham, Ben F. Jensen, Henry O. Talle, H.R. Gross, Richard M. Nixon, James S. Schramm, Nelson Rockefeller, Robert D. Ray, Verne R. Martin, and Ronald Reagan. (5 folders)

Photographs. (2 folders)

 Box 2

Civil defense speeches, November 1957 -- December 1958.

Box 3

Civil defense speeches, January 1959 -- September 1959.

 Box 4

Civil defense speeches, October 1959 -- April 1960.

Box 5

Civil defense speeches, May 1960 -- January 1961.

Box 6

Campaign material, speeches delivered as Governor of Iowa, and civil defense related printed material. Including press releases, June 1959 -- December 1960; the National Plan for Civil Defense and Defense Mobilization, 1958; White House Conference on Fallout Protection, January 1960; and papers from the Defense Preparedness Agency, 1977 -- 1978.

 Box 7

Papers, speeches, and clippings. Including draft proposals of The National Plan for Civil Defense and Defense Mobilization (2 folders); documents pertaining to testimony given before Congressional Appropriation committees for FY 1960; miscellaneous speeches from 1937 -- 1964; and clippings.

 1989 Addendum

 Box 8

Budget Message, Feb. 3, 1955.

Budget Schedules, 1955. Taken from the preface of the 1955-1957 state budget.

Campaign Material, 1956 and undated.

Certificate, 1929. State University of Iowa letter for swimming.

Inaugural Address, 1955. Includes copies of the speech, rough drafts and notes.

Photographs. Including photos of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, and Thomas Martin.

Film Footage

"The Governor Speaks," March 29, 1955.
 Box 9

Film Footage (cont.)

"The Governor Speaks," April 11, 1955.

"The Governor Speaks. Where Your Tax Dollar Goes," May 13, 1955.

"The Governor's Mansion," February 1956.

Unidentified. (2 folders)

Audio disk. "Governor Leo Hoegh Interview with Dan Bied," May 29, 1956.

 1997 Addendum

 Box 10

Appointment books, 1958, 1959, and 1960. (3 items)

Memoir of Leo A. Hoegh, Transcript of a tape-recorded interview by Ed Edwin for the Oral History Research Office of Columbia University, October 11, 1967, 95 pages.



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