MsC 174

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Collection Dates: 1931 -- 1950
4 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
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Acquisition Note: The papers of Nelson G. Kraschel were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by his widow, Agnes Johnson Kraschel,in 1968.

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Series Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Scope and contents

Box 1 Campaign, 1932 -- Campaign, 1934

Box 2 Lieutenant Governor

Box 3 Campaign, 1936

Box 4 Campaign, 1938

Box 5 Governor's Inaugural Address -- Pardon, Joe Siegel

Box 6 Governor's Speeches -- Governor's Administration

Box 7 Campaign, 1940

Box 8 Campaign, 1942

Box 9 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939 -- Biography, Nelson G. Kraschel


Nelson G. Kraschel was born on a farm near Macon, Illinois, on October 27, 1889. In 1910, at the age of twenty-one he moved to Harlan, Iowa to farm and raise livestock. Kraschel later became a livestock auctioneer. In 1932, he was placed on the Democratic ticket for lieutenant governor. He won the election and was re-elected in 1934. In 1937, he became Iowa’s governor, serving until 1939. Kraschel was an ardent supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry A. Wallace, and the New Deal. He was also involved in other political campaigns, such as the Guy Gillette vs. Otha Wearin senatorial contest. Nelson Kraschel died in Harlan, Iowa, in 1957.


The papers of Nelson G. Kraschel consist of four linear feet of manuscripts arranged chronologically, dating from 1932 to 1950. Much of the material has to do with Kraschel’s political campaigns and others in which he was involved. This includes items such as speeches, correspondence, mailing lists, campaign literature, and convention resolutions. There are also folders concerning his political foes and allies alike, including George W. Patterson, Dan Turner, Lester J. Dickinson, George A. Wilson, Henry A. Wallace, and Guy M. Gillette. Some of the documented issues from his terms as governor and lieutenant governor concern farm debt and tenancy, the 1938 Maytag strike, and banking legislation.

 Box 1

Campaign, 1932

Campaign, 1934:


Farm Economic Question

George W. Patterson

Kraschel-Patterson Debate

Speeches and Campaign Literature

Dan Turner

Democratic and Republican State Conventions


 Box 2

Lieutenant Governor:



Miscellaneous Papers


Sheep Feeding Contract Controversy

Republican "Grass Roots" Conference, 1935

WPA Projects

Bank Bill -- Emergency Bank Legislation, 1933

Farm and Home Week, Ames, Iowa, 1934

Central Cooperative Association Convention, 1934

Radio Broadcasts

 Box 3

Campaign, 1936:


Mailing List to Livestock Community Sales Companies

Office Memos

Name Lists

Corn Loan Program


Press Releases

Senator Lester J. Dickinson

Clippings on Governor Landon


Clippings on Kraschel

Clippings on Agricultural Adjustment Act

Verne Marshall Controversy

Campaign Literature

 Box 4

Campaign, 1938:

State Officers, District Committeemen and Committeewomen and County Chairmen and County Chairwomen

Teachers' Annuity Plan

Independent Business

Iowa Clubwoman

Agricultural Adjustment Act

List of Democratic County Candidates

Labor Committee, Jim Stedman

Press Releases

Letters of Appreciation for Support

All-Party Farm Committee


George Wilson's Candidacy

State Representatives (those running and holdovers) Democratic and Republican

State Senators (those running and holdovers) Democratic and Republican

Young Democratic Clubs of Iowa


Campaign Literature

Correspondence -- Miscellaneous


Guy Gillette -- Primary (2 folders)

 Box 5

Governor's Inaugural Address, Jan. 14, 1937

Gubernatorial Correspondence, 1937

Farm Debt Advisory Council, 1937

Liquor Control Question, 1937

Governor's Speeches, 1937

Conservation Plan, 1937

Governor's Weekly Radio Talks, 1937

Press Releases, 1937

Governor's Weekly Radio Talks, 1938

Gubernatorial Correspondence, 1938

Farm Tenancy Committee Reports, 1938

Iowa State Executive Council, 1938

Iowa State Board of Control of State Institutions, 1938

Governor's Administration, 1937 -- 39, misc.

Pardons and Paroles

Pardon, Joe Siegel

 Box 6

Governor's Speeches, 1938

Kraschel's Political Popularity -- Opinions of Editors, 1938

Iowa Farm Debt Advisory Council, 1938

Des Moines Mass Meeting of All Parties Interested in Democratic Success, 1938 (3 folders)

Iowa State Highway Commission, 1938

Maytag Company Strike, 1938 (2 folders)

Secondary Roads in Iowa, 1939

State Governor of Iowa, Organization Manual

Gubernatorial Correspondence, 1939

Governor's Speeches, 1939

Governor's Administration:

Newspaper Clippings

Miscellaneous Papers

 Box 7

Campaign, 1940:


Lists of Names, Democratic State Officers, Committeewomen and Committeemen


Campaign Literature


National Committee for Agriculture






Campaign Literature

 Box 8

Campaign, 1942:



Press Releases


Newspaper Clippings (2 folders)



 Box 9

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1941

Waterloo Radio Corporation, 1941

Presidential Campaign -- Clippings, 1944

Harold L. Ickes, Speech, 1948

1950 Senatorial Campaign, 1950:




Undated Correspondence

Henry A. Wallace -- Speeches

Agricultural Policy -- Kraschel

Miscellaneous Speeches -- Kraschel

Miscellaneous Clippings


Biography, Nelson G. Kraschel

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