MsC 219


Manuscript Register



Collection Dates: 1930 -- 1960

.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: June 2002


Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1970 by Helen Kehoe.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Louis Joseph Kehoe was born in Farley, Iowa, in 1897. He graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Charles City, Iowa, and the Hamilton College of Law in Chicago. After practicing law for two years in Illinois, Kehoe moved back to Iowa where he began a new office in Riceland. Five years later, in 1924, he moved his legal practice to Wellman, Iowa, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Beginning in 1937, Kehoe had law offices in both Wellman and Washington. In the 1960s, he became part of the law firm of Livingston, Day, Keyhoe, Meeker, and Bates of Wellman, Iowa.

Kehoe was active in Republican Party politics. In the 1930s he ran for governor and for the U.S. Congress. Louis Kehoe also wrote a regular column for the Washington Evening Journal. He was a member of the Washington County and Iowa Bar Associations, the Washington Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the Wellman American Legion Post. Kehoe died in 1969 at the age of seventy-two.

Scope and Contents

The Louis Kehoe collection is primarily made up of manuscripts and clippings of articles he wrote on a variety of subjects, ranging from Iowa law and politics to legal reform and trials. One scrapbook of newspaper clippings consists mostly of Mr. Kehoe's columns, 1938 -- 1944, and there is a group of 8 articles from the Washington Evening Journal related to Mr. Kehoe's support of an Iowa toll road.


Box List


Box 1

Scrapbook -- newspaper clippings, 1938 -- 1944

Washington Evening Journal, February 13, 1952 -- August 6, 1954

Folder 1


America at the Crossroads (2 copies)

American Consistency

Are They Sick or Not

Are We Talking Too Much -- Too Soon

Armistice Day

Billions for Defense but Not One Dollar for Political Benefits

Building Our Defenses (2 copies)

Burlesquing Justice

Can It Happen to You

Can We Have Industrial Order? (2 copies)

Career Men in the Legislature (2 copies)

The Cause of the Meat Black Market

The Challenge to Christianity (2 copies)

Christmas: the 1938 Model

Come Down the Nome Stretch

Conscription (2 copies)

Consolidation Colic (2 copies)

D-Day on the Home Front

Danger in Reckless Promises

The Danger of Excessive Corn Sealing

Dangerous Play Mates

Democracy vs. Totalitarian Slavery

Divorce -- the Remedy

Do We Need A Guardian?

Dreaming Uncle Sam

Drifting America

The Enemy from Within (2 copies)

Explanation of Proposed Labor Law

Fear (2 copies, one typewritten, one printed article)

The Fifth Column Challenge (2 copies)

Food for Thought

Free Speech

Gangdom in Europe

Germany's Labor Scarcity

Germany's One Man Government

Government (2 copies)

The Governor's Oath

Hi Sucker!

A Hippie! What Is It? (2 copies)

How to Make Germany's Defeat Permanent (2 copies)

If Representative Government Survives

Immigration and the Future of the United States

Independence Day 1776 to 1939

Independence Requires Courage (2 copies)

Inflation, the Child of the Crackpots

Iowa's Shame (2 copies)

Is the O.P.A. Really Helpful? (2 copies)

Is this Representative Government?

It's Now Up To Us

The Key to Peace "Our Foreign Policy" (2 copies)

Killing the Goose That Is Laying the Golden Egg

Let's Look Before We Leap

A Letter to Our Congress

Col. Lindbergh and His Iron Cross

Lest We Forget

Loose Talking Danger

Maybe, We Really Do Need War

Merrily We Roll Along. But Where?

Mot Made Recession

More Political Sight Seeing

Mother's Day Reflections

"My Friends"

The Myth of Inflation (2 copies)

The Neglected Front (2 copies)

A New Approach to World Peace The New Deal (2 copies)

On Whom Do You Want Controls?

Others Experience Should Teach Us

Our Crisis

Our President and Our Foreign Relations

Our Youth in This War's Aftermath (2 copies)

Party or Country

Peace in Viet Nam, How Not to Get It

The People Have Spoken

Please Henry Remove Your Mask

The Plight of the Democracies

Present Needs and Future Plans (2 copies)

The Price of Peace (2 copies)

Pump Priming Magic

Purchase Peace

The Purge That Failed (2 copies)

Rackets and Relief (2 copies)

Riding for a Fall

Russian Security or American Freedom, Which Will You Have? (2 copies)

Selling America

Shades of P.T. Barnum (2 copies)

Should the Men Be Retained in Service During the Emergency? And Is There An


Simplify the Soldier Loan (2 copies)

So This Is Peace

Socialism and the Farmer

Some Things Are Dearer Than Dollars

Statesmanship Vs. Showmanship

The Statistics Shell Game (2 copies)

The Strike of the Gimme Guys (2 copies)

Support the Scouts, and Serve Your Country (2 copies)

Sure Thing -- It is

They Will Be Hard to Convince (2 copies)

Think Mr. American

Threats Delay End of War

Trials for the War Criminals

Tricking the Old Folks

Using Slave Labor May Enslave

Us Vigilantes of 1938

Vote: While You May! (2 copies; one typewritten, one printed article)

The War of the 'Isms

War: the Great Eraser

War Prisoners Are Expensive

Watch Your Step, Mr. Buyer

Watch Your Step, Mr. Taxpayer!

We Can't Give You Anything but Love, Finland

Mr. Welles Pilgrimage for Peace

What Do We Mean by "Progress"? (2 copies)

What Do You Mean by Jobs?

What Price Egotism? (2 copies)

What Will the Answer Be? (2 copies)

When Civilization Has a Relapse

When the Laboring Man Talks in Private

When a Nation Dies

When Political Bunions Hurt

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Will the Old Man Go?

Which Plan Do You Want?

Who Is an Isolationist? (2 copies)

Who Should Vote?

Why Delay the Issue?

Why Have a Congress? (2 copies)

Why Not Draft These People?

Why Not Find Out Just Where We Stand? (2 copies)

Why Pick on Mrs. Roosevelt?

Why Wait Until We Are Broke?

Will You Get in This Game?

You Can't Fool the Men in the Fox Holes (2 copies)


Folder 2

Two letters to unnamed Congressmen from Mr. Kehoe; one dated April 28, 1944, expressing Mr. Kehoe's view on the power of the Presidency; one undated, expressing Mr. Kehoe's view on war economies

Twelve undated copies of Mr. Kehoe's column "As Seen from Where I Sit"

One printed sheet containing four articles from Mr. Kehoe's column "Common Sense" (2 copies)

Two undated copies of Mr. Kehoe's announcement of his candidacy for Republican nomination as US Representative from Iowa's first district

Six untitled, undated pieces by Mr. Kehoe

Miscellaneous writings by Mr. Kehoe

A bill proposed by Mr. Kehoe providing for control of labor disputes by requiring arbitration rather than work stoppages at the state level

Memorandum on Military Training

Memoranda on Need for Reform of Criminal Laws and Their Enforcement (2 copies)

Obituary, June 3, 1969

Proposed Labor Law -- providing for creation of a Court of Labor Relations by the US Congress (2 copies)

Resolution (concerning postponement of effective date of the Rules of Civil Procedure prescribed by the Iowa Supreme Court to a more opportune post-war time)

Resolution (concerning criticism of present State and National Administrations by Republican delegates to the County Convention, Washington County, Washington, Iowa, July 2, 1938

Revision of Our Criminal Law and Procedures (2 copies)

Folder 3

Eight clippings from Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and other unidentified papers all related to toll road legislation (October 26, 1964 -- May 6, 1955)

Folder 4

Twenty-one clippings from various newspapers related to toll road construction (May 9, 1952 -- July 26, 1956)


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