MsC 198

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1898 -- 1969

2.5 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

Acquisition Note: The bulk of this collection was donated in 1969 by Isabel Turner, with an additional gift by Norman Turner in 1994.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 4

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Abbreviations: For an explanation of the abbreviation and dating conventions used in the finding aids, see Abbreviations.


Biographical note

Scope and contents

Box 1 Archie, Willard -- Correspondence, 1962

Box 2 Correspondence, 1963 -- Farm Holiday

Box 3 Financial papers -- Notes

Box 4 Notes -- Scrapbooks

Box 5 Speeches and addresses -- War Production Board

Box 6 Oversized photographs


Daniel Webster Turner was born in Corning, Iowa, on March 17, 1877. He graduated from the Corning Academy in 1894 and went into business with his father two years later. In 1898, he enlisted in the 51st Iowa Volunteer Infantry and served in the Phillipines during the Spanish American War. Turner married Alice Sample in 1900. They had three children, Marjorie, Ned, and Thomas.

In 1903, Turner was elected to the State Senate and served through three regular sessions and two special sessions. An excellent public speaker, Turner delivered the keynote address at three Republican State Conventions. Daniel Turner was elected Governor of Iowa in 1930 and served one term. During his term, he was forced to call out the National Guard to enforce the mandatory testing of cattle for tuberculosis.

During World War I, Turner served with the YMCA in France. In World War II, he worked for the War Production Board in Washington, D.C. He was in charge of prison war production, a plan whereby inmates produced goods for the war effort. During the 1950’s he worked for the National Farmers Organization.

Daniel Turner died on April 15, 1969, at the age of 92.


The Papers of Daniel Webster Turner consist of 2.5 linear feet of materials dating from 1898- 1969 and are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical order. The subject files range from a diary Turner kept during the Spanish American War to his work with the National Farmers Organization. There are ten folders of correspondence, with letters from such notables as: Ezra Taft Benson, Whitney Gillilland, H.R. Gross, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Leo A. Hoegh, Ben F. Jensen, Estes Kefauver, Gus T. Kuester, Robert D. Ray, and Otha D. Wearin. Also included are materials relating to farm conditions, Farm Holiday, the War Production Board, and Turner’s gubernatorial campaign.

 Box 1

Archie, Willard - Columns from Shenandoah Evening Sentinel, 1956-1969.

Biographical material, 1932-1969.



1952-1954. Including letters from: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Leo A. Hoegh, Leo Elthun, Karl M. LeCompte, Ezra Taft Benson, Whitney Gillilland, Raymond T. Pim, and Ben F. Jensen.

1955. Including letters from: Leo A. Hoegh, Whitney Gillilland, Karl M. LeCompte, George Mills, and Gus T. Kuester.

January-May, 1956. Including letters from: Henry O. Talle, Ben F. Jensen, H.R. Gross, Karl M. LeCompte, Gus T. Kuester, and Whitney Gillilland.

June-Dec. 1956. Including letters from: Leo A. Hoegh, Estes Kefauver, and Gus T. Kuester.

1957-1959. Including letters from Albert Lund and Herb Plambeck.

1960-1962. Including letters from: William H. Harbor, George Mills, Verne R. Martin, Leo A. Hoegh, Robert Templeton, Karl M. LeCompte, Norman A. Erbe, and Ed. S. White.

 Box 2

Correspondence (cont.):

1963-1968. Including letters from: Robert D. Ray, Edward A. Wearin, D.C. Nolar, Ben F. Jensen, Robert K. Beck, and Paul Franzenburg.


Undated. Including letters from: Dale Kramer, Gus T. Kuester, George Mills, Raymond T. Pim, Francis A. Turner, and Alice Turner.

Farm conditions:

Correspondence, 1953-1966 and undated.

Newspaper clippings, 1955-1964 and undated. (5 folders)

Farm groups other than NFO - Newspaper clippings, 1955-1961.

Farm Holiday material, undated.

 Box 3

Financial papers, 1956-1960.

Gubernatorial campaign and inauguration, 1930-1931.

Hoegh, Leo A. - Campaign for governor, 1954.

Miscellaneous, 1931-1966.

Miscellaneous farm correspondence, 1955-1959.

National Farmer’s Organization (NFO):

General, 1956-1960.

Correspondence, 1955-1961.

Newspaper clippings, 1955-1968.

Newspaper clippings, 1930-1969. (3 folders)

Notes, undated.

 Box 4

Notes, undated. (2 folders)

Photographs, 1952. Including a photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Pioneer Lawmakers Association of Iowa, 1963.

Report on the Progress of the State Prison War Program under the Government Division of the War Production Board (Title on cover: Prisons in Wartime), 1944.


 Box 5

Speeches and addresses, undated.

Turner, Daniel W.’s farming business, 1927-1961.

Turner store.

War diary, 1898-1899.

War Production Board - Prison Industries Branch, 1942-1943.

 Box 6

Oversized photographs.

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