Collection Dates: 1899 -- 1970
9 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: January 1998
Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Conger Reynolds from 1960 to 1970, and by his daughter, Mrs. James O. Lyon, in 1979.
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Photographs: Box 13
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Scope and contents
Box 1 American Consulate -- Appointment calendars
Box 2 Autobiographical and biographical materials -- Correspondence, 1915
Box 3 Correspondence, 1916 - March 1918
Box 4 Correspondence, March - August 1918
Box 5 Correspondence, September 1918 - 1919
Box 6 Correspondence, 1920 - 1929
Box 7 Correspondence, 1930 - 1970
Box 8 Correspondence, Undated -- Newspaper clippings
Box 9 Oil Industry Information Committee -- People-to-People, correspondence
Box 10 People-to-People, digest - miscellaneous, March 1961
Box 11 People-to-People, miscellaneous, April 1961 - miscellaneous publications
Box 12 People-to-People, news -- Photographs
Box 13 Photographs -- Speeches, 1949
Box 14 Speeches, 1950 -- Standard Oil Company, miscellaneous, 1951
Box 15 Standard Oil Company, miscellaneous, 1951 - undated
Box 16 Standard Oil Company, miscellaneous, undated -- United Services Organization
Box 17 University of Iowa -- World War I, intelligence section
Box 18 World War I, miscellaneous - newspaper clippings
Born on a farm in Dallas County, Iowa, on March 23, 1891, Conger Reynolds grew up in the small town of Dexter, Iowa. At seventeen he received a scholarship to attend Drake University. After his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Iowa where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1912. His first job after graduation was with the Des Moines Register and Leader as a political reporter. In 1915, he returned the University of Iowa to serve as publicity director and to teach journalism as a assistant professor of English. When World War I began, Reynolds left the University and enlisted. He was assigned to military intelligence in France and later worked with the press section. After the war, Reynolds remained in France as the managing editor of the Paris edition of the Chicago Tribune.
In 1922, he began
another phase of his career. He was assigned vice-consul to Halifax, Nova Scotia
where he served for two years. His next assignment was vice-consul and later
consul in Stuttgart, Germany. While at the consulates he specialized in trade
promotion. This led to another career change, in 1929, Reynolds became the director
of public relations for the Standard Oil Company (Indiana). While there he participated
in and helped found many professional organizations, including the Public Relations
Society of America. Conger Reynolds remained with Standard Oil until his retirement
in 1955. This, however, did not mark the end of his public career. Moving to
Washington, DC, he joined the US Information Agency. He was the director of
the Office of Private Cooperation. There he worked with the Eisenhower administration
to launch the People-to-People program which was designed to promote international
understanding. He worked in this capacity until 1961, when he finally did in
fact retire. Conger Reynolds died in 1971.
The papers of Conger Reynolds consist of nine linear feet of manuscripts dating from 1899 to 1970. They are made up of subject files arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence. The papers document Reynolds personal life and career. Along with a folder of autobiographical and biographical sketches, there are diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks shedding light on his personal life.
His multifaceted career is well represented. His early work as a journalist and educator can be found in clippings and other material from the Paris edition of the Chicago Tribune and files on the University of Iowa including information from a journalism course he taught from 1915 to 1916. There are subject files relating to his service in WWI and the intelligence section of which he was a member. Five folders of documents and clippings relate to his service in the American consulates in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Stuttgart, Germany. As public relations director of the Standard Oil Company (Indiana) his files consist of things such as advertising budgets, organizational charts, public opinion surveys, and clippings. After his retirement from Standard Oil, he worked for the Eisenhower administrations People-to-People program. There are nearly three boxes of material relating to that project, including correspondence, publications, White House conference items, and notes from foreign trips. The papers also contain almost seven boxes of general correspondence, dating from 1899 to 1970 and including letters from Albert B. Cummins and Jay Ding Darling. Photographs, scrapbooks, appointment calendars, certificates, etc. make up the remainder of the collection.
Halifax, Nova Scotia1921-1925
1930 + undated, newspaper clippings
Autobiographical and Biographical Material
Certificates, Recognitions, and Memberships, 1908-1959
Composition Book, 1899-1900
January-April 1916. Including letters from Albert B. Cummins and C. C. Dowell.
May-December 1916. Including letters from G. W. Clarke, Albert B. Cummins, and C. C. Dowell.
March 1-17, 1918
March 18-31, 1918
January-March 1919. Including a letter from Jay N. Darling
April-December 1919. Including letters from Jay N. Darling
1922. Including letters from Albert B. Cummins and Charles A. Rawson.
1928-1929. Including a letter from Jay N. Darling
1940-1949. Including letters from John W. Gwynne and George A. Wilson
Creative Writing Course, 1967-1969. Adult Education--Palomar College
Dr. Russell's Lectures, 1936
Editorial and Political Writings for the Republican Party, 1940-1952
European Trip, 1916. Memorabilia
Oil Industry Information Committee--Proceedings, April 25-26, 1952
Opinion Research Corporation Report to the American Petroleum Institute, 1946
Paris Edition of the Chicago Tribune Period, 1919-1920
Paris Edition of the Chicago Tribune Period. Newspaper clippings, 1919-1920
Passports. Conger and Daphne Reynolds, 1916-1968
1961-1962. Including a letter from Edward R. Murrow
1964-1968 and undated
"Launching the People-to-People Program" by John E. Juergensmeyer, October 1962
Miscellaneous (cont.):April-November 1961
Undated (4 folders)
Miscellaneous Publications, 1960-1968
Trip to Europe, 1957
Trip to Japan, 1961-1962. Including letters from Edward R. Murrow
White House Conference, June 12, 1956
Community and Public Relations Salute to Conger Reynolds, January 5, 1956
Group Photographs. Includes photographs of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Retirement from Standard Oil Company
Reynolds and Family
World War I
Public Relations Society of America, 1948-1971
Public Relations Society of America. Report of the National Research Committee, 1951
Standard Oil Company:
Advertising Budget, 1934
Junior Achievement, 1955
Standard Oil Company (cont.):
Undated (2 folders)
Standard Oil Company (cont.):
Newspaper Clippings, 1929-1956
Organization Charts, 1948-1953
Public Attitudes Survey, March 10, 1948
Public Relations Publications, 1945-1950
Reorganization and Consolidation Program, 1954
United States Organization
(USO) Campaign -- Publicity, 1942
University of Iowa:
Journalism (taught by Conger Reynolds):1915-1916
World War I:
Intelligence Section, 1917-1919
World War I (cont.):