MsC 178

  Manuscript Register

Papers of Daniel A. Wallace

Collection Dates: 1905 -- 1954
4.5 in 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: March 1998

Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa in 1959 by Henry A. Wallace.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Ephemera: Box 8

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Series Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Scope and contents

Box 1 Business correspondence

Box 2 Business correspondence -- Papers on the American Farm Foundation

Box 3 From Trust Buster to Brain Buster

Box 4 Clippings -- Speeches

Box 5 Speeches -- Proposed book on the Wallace family

Box 6 Cooperative Marketing for Public Schools -- Articles

Box 7 Articles -- Miscellaneous

Box 8 Books, pamphlets, and serials

Box 9 Serials and quotes from The Farmer


Daniel A. Wallace was one of the leading champions for the farmer in the Midwest. He was born at Winterset, Iowa, in 1878, the youngest son of Henry Wallace (Uncle Henry), who was editor of Wallaces' Farmer and one of the greatest agricultural editors this country has ever seen. Daniel Wallace was educated in Iowa, and in 1901 graduated Iowa State University with a B.S. in agriculture. He had his early training in the newspaper and publishing business with his father and brothers at Des Moines and in 1903 went to Minnesota and took a position with the Webb Publishing Company of Saint Paul. Daniel Wallace remained at Webb Publishing Company for the rest of his business career, becoming editor of The Farmer in 1905 and directing editor of both The Farmer and The Farmer’s Wife in 1919.

Throughout his life, Daniel A. Wallace strongly supported the Farmers Cooperative and ardently worked for revision of state and national legislation to benefit the farmer. He died in 1954.


The papers of Daniel A. Wallace are composed of business correspondence, speeches, press releases, photographs, clippings, books, pamphlets, published and unpublished writings, manuscripts of a proposed book on the Wallace family, and a text for high school students.

Much of the business correspondence in this inventory concerns Mr. Wallace’s interest in the various cooperative developments in the United States as well as his relationship with the United States Department of Agriculture for which his brother Henry C. Wallace served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Harding and his nephew Henry A. Wallace served in the same position under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Over half of the entries are speeches, press releases, and reports of various agricultural organizations of which Daniel A. Wallace was a member. The remaining papers consist of published and unpublished works of Mr. Wallace.

The business correspondence is arranged chronologically in the first twelve folders (1905 - 1954) and by topic in the remaining sixty-nine folders. There are 1,421 entries in nine boxes. A detailed index is available in the repository.

 Box 1

Business correspondence, 1905 - 1934

 Box 2

Business correspondence, 1905 - 1934

Papers on the American Farm Foundation (3 folders)

Box 3

From Trust Buster to Brain Buster, sixteen chapters of the book

Box 4



Press releases

Press releases of speeches (2 folders)


 Box 5

Speeches (3 folders)

Minutes of various meetings

Reports and bulletins of various farm organizations

Radio speeches

Proposed book agenda on the Wallace family (9 folders)

Box 6

Cooperative Marketing for Public Schools, outline for text (6 folders)

Articles (5 folders)

 Box 7

Articles (3 folders)

Miscellaneous (4 folders)

 Box 8

Books, pamphlets, and serials (3 folders)

Box 9

Serials and quotes from The Farmer (5 folders)

2008 Addendum

Letters between Daniel Wallace and Wallace Ashby. Gift of W. Clark Ashby

Reprint of Christmas letter 1952, memories of Dan Wallace by W. Clark Ashby, and Dan Wallace's obituary


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