Collection Dates: 1951 -- 1975
2 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: November 1997
Acquisition Note: Norman A. Erbe donated his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1981.
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Photograph: Box 1
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Table of Contents
Scope and contents
Box 1 Governors veto messages -- US Armed Forces vs. alcoholism
Box 2 Speeches, A - H
Box 3 Speeches, I - N
4 Speeches, O - Y
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 Iowas 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. Erbes 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.
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 Erbes 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.
Erbe, Norman. Ringside
at the Fireworks. Des Moines, Iowa : Toreador Press, 1997.
Special Collections Iowa Authors, no call number
Clippings, 1981 -- 1998
Governors 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
Investigations:1952 -- 1961
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
Anniversaries, 1961 -- 1962
Education, 1961 -- 1962
Efficiency in government, 1961 -- 1962
Governors conferences, 1961 -- 1962
History, 1961 -- 1962
More Pride in Iowa, 1962
National Guard, 1962
Regional councils, 1969
Transportation and traffic, 1961 -- 1975
Transportation and traffic II
Youth and aged, 1961