MsC 206

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1951 -- 1975
2 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: November 1997

Acquisition Note: Norman A. Erbe donated his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1981.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photograph: Box 1

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Table of Contents

Biographical note

Scope and contents

Related Materials

Box 1 Governor’s veto messages -- US Armed Forces vs. alcoholism

Box 2 Speeches, A - H

Box 3 Speeches, I - N

Box 4 Speeches, O - Y

Biographical Note

Norman Arthur Erbe was born in Boone, Iowa, on October 25, 1919. He served with the US Army as an infantry company commander from 1941 -- 1942. From 1943 until 1945, he was a pilot in the US Air Force. Erbe graduated from the University of Iowa in 1946 and earned his law degree the following year. Returning to his hometown, he became a partner in the law firm of Doran & Erbe. He was Iowa’s Attorney General from 1956 until he was elected Governor in 1960. During his term, appropriations for education were increased, legislative districts were reapportioned, and certain prison reform measures were enacted. He lost his reelection bid to Harold Hughes. Erbe’s indecisiveness on the “liquor-by-the-drink” issue probably cost him the election. Following his term as governor, Erbe held a number of positions including one as the regional representative of the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation. Norman Erbe died on June 8, 2000, at the age of 80.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Norman A. Erbe consist of two linear feet of manuscripts dating from 1952 to 1975. Arranged alphabetically, the papers include correspondence from Thomas E. Martin, H.R. Gross, John Kyl, Robert D. Blue, and Donald B. Johnson. Liquor-by-the-drink was the hottest issue in Iowa during Erbe’s time in office and the papers reflect that with Iowa Liquor Control Commission investigations, correspondence, and printed materials. There are also three boxes of speeches, ranging in topics from agriculture to traffic.

Related Materials

Erbe, Norman. Ringside at the Fireworks. Des Moines, Iowa : Toreador Press, 1997. Special Collections Iowa Authors, no call number

Box 1

Clippings, 1981 -- 1998

Governor’s veto messages, 1961

Honorary Colonels, 1960 -- 1961

Inaugural correspondence, 1960 -- 1961, including letters from: Thomas E. Martin, H.R. Gross, John Kyl, Robert D. Blue, and Donald B. Johnson

Iowa Liquor Control Commission:

Financial and operating statements, July 1960 -- January 1961


1952 -- 1961

County lists

Individual State Income Tax returns, 1956 -- 1959

Truck and car operating statements, July 1960 -- January 1961

Correspondence, 1960 -- 1961

Miscellaneous printed material, undated

Photograph, used for campaign postcard, 1962

US Armed Forces vs. Alcoholism, including “The Saga of Chief Butler” by Frederick R. Cushing, 1961

Box 2


Agriculture, 1961

Anniversaries, 1961 -- 1962

Dedications, 1962

Education, 1961 -- 1962

Efficiency in government, 1961 -- 1962

Governors’ conferences, 1961 -- 1962

History, 1961 -- 1962

History II

Box 3

Speeches (cont.):

Industry, 1962

Labor, 1962

Miscellaneous, 1962

More Pride in Iowa, 1962

Municipalities, 1962

National Guard, 1962

Box 4

Speeches (cont.):

Organizations, 1962

Regional councils, 1969

Religion, 1961

Transportation and traffic, 1961 -- 1975

Transportation and traffic II

Youth and aged, 1961

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