Collection Dates: 1908 -- 1974
50 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: Marcy 1998
Mrs. Graven donated the judges papers to the University of Iowa Libraries
Mrs. Graven donated the judges papers to the University of Iowa Libraries In 1981.
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collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
Photographs: Boxes 4, 7, 14
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Table of Contents
Scope and Contents
I. Series One -- Briefs and Cases
Boxes 1 -- 14
II. Series Two -- Personal Papers
Boxes 1 -- 10
Boxes 11 -- 14
III. Series Three -- Citations
Boxes 1 -- 50
IV. Series Four -- Jury Instructions
Boxes 1 -- 7
Henry N. Graven (1893 -- 1970) was born in Saint James, Minnesota. In 1921, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with both his B.A. and LL.B. That same year, after being admitted to the bar in both Iowa and Minnesota, he began a law practice in Greene, Iowa, with his brother James. Graven served as Iowas Assistant Attorney General from 1936 -- 1937 and was also council to the Iowa Highway Commission. He left his law practice in 1937 when Governor Kraschel appointed him Judge of the 12th Judicial District of Iowa. Judge Graven instigated the program of continuing legal education which was later adopted by the Iowa State Bar Association. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated him to the federal bench. He was a U.S. District Judge for the northern district of Iowa until 1961, when he informed President Kennedy of his desire to retire from his regular duties. However, as a United States Senior District Judge, during his retirement Judge Graven was called upon to serve in many jurisdictions with overcrowded schedules. Consequently, he held court in New York, North Dakota, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, California, and Puerto Rico.
Active in the American
Lutheran Church, Judge Graven initiated the pastoral system for the church,
which has served as a guideline for other similar pension plans of other religious
sects. For twenty five years, he served as the chairman of the Pension Board
of the American Lutheran Church. Judge Graven was also a member and former president
of the Board of Trustees of the School of Religion at the University of Iowa.
The papers of Henry
N. Graven consist of 50 linear feet of manuscripts (100 boxes), dating from
1908 to 1974, documenting his legal and judicial career along with his work
for the Lutheran Church of America and the University of Iowas School
of Religion The papers are arranged in four separate series: 1) Briefs and cases;
2) Personal papers; 3) Citations, and; 4) Jury instructions. The first series
of briefs and cases contains material relating to lawsuits. Here are subject
folders concerning issues such as contracts, types of evidence, insurance policies,
and treaties. The personal papers date from 1908 to 1974 and consist of fourteen
boxes of manuscripts. This section spans his lifetime and reflects his many
interests. There is material from his high school days and his service during
WWI, papers relating to the Lutheran Church, information on his law clerks and
his retirement from the bench, along with many other subjects. Correspondence
folders include letters from: Guy M. Gillette, Nelson G. Kraschel, Wiley Rutledge,
and Mason Ladd. The largest section, titled citations, is comprised of sixty-five
boxes of legal papers. Arranged alphabetically by subject, this series contains
folders on abandonment to motor vehicles and product liability to World War
veterans. The papers end with a collection of jury instructions given by Graven
while serving on the bench.
Accord & satisfaction
Appointment of attorney for receiver -- Attorney's fees in derivative stockholders suit, appointment of temporary receiver (notebook)
Automatic Washer Co.
Bailments -- Conversion -- Grain
Bank robber case (Fernandez & Sanchez)
Bard vs. Ufford
Bills & Notes -- Conditional delivery
Carries, passengers, duty, Res Ipsa Loquitur
Employee not to complete
Remorandum or confirmation of previous oral agreement
suits -- Receiver Res Judicata
Damages -- Liquidated, briefs on
Deeds -- For care & support
Dolch vs. Garraid
Drafting competition -- Remorandum to Robert F. Cosgrove
Employees Liability Act instructions
Custom -- Experts
Exclamation of bystanders
Incompetent, irrelevant, & immaterial
Faville -- Reply brief of Faville as to constructive trust
Federal interpleader since the act of 1936
Fernadez & Sanchez [see Bank robber case]
Figueroa de Arrozo,
Rosa M. vs. Sindicato de Trabajadores Pachinzhouse
Fuel Barges, Inc. vs. American Marine Corp
Gonzaliz, Santiago Hermino, J Barredo against
Edelmira Folla Schenck
Gruemmer gas fraud case
Hallinan, Mae vs. John W. Gardner
Harroun vs. Joseph Scholtz [Trover & Conversion -- Memorandum opinion]
Houston (5 folders)
Hughson vs. Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. (3 folders)
Index of cases
Innkeepers -- Loss of guest's baggage
Instructions -- As to tax consequences of verdict
Application of money in hands of insurance company on premiums
Duty to protect property and to exhibit property
Lightning and livestock
Loan receipts and covenants not to sue
Motor vehicle -- Where two policies cover same accident
Oral transfer of insurance policy
What constitutes a windstorm
Iowa tax titles and tax title abstracts
Irvine Ranch case
Legal information please
Libel and slander
Liken vs. Vechten
Limitations, statute of
Low (Leroy) vs Ford Hopkins Co.
MacNider case --
MacNider case, --
Defendants briefs (3 notebooks)
MacNider case --
MacNider case --
Malpractice medical cases
Minutes of special meeting of board of directors of Amana Society
Mooney Aircraft, Inc. vs. Delray Beach Aviation Corp.
Moreno V. Celebrezze
Mortgages -- Equity of redemption (3 folders)
Motor vehicle -- Briefs in Hoosier Casualty Company case
instruction (2 folders)
New Orleans trial schedule
New York obscenity case, the film "491"
Periodical Distributors, Inc. vs. The American News Co.
Principal and surety (2 folders)
Roshed brothers trial at Davenport, 1958
Runyon murder case
Salaries and bonuses
Sales & consignments
San Juan (3 folders)
Schools and school districts (2 folders)
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Short swing profits
Serzysko vs. The Chase Manhattan Bank
Sheldon Bank embezzler case (2 folders)
Southern Conference of Teamsters vs. Braswell Motor Freight Lines
Suggested forms for the formation of corporations
Susi vs. Belle Action Stables, Inc.
Sweeney vs. Sugar Refining Co.
Taxation (2 folders)
Treaties and executive agreements
Treaty rights of consuls in administration of estates
Trusts and trustees (3 folders)
USA vs. Victor Harry Feguer (3 folders)
USA vs. Ray E. Friedman
USA vs. Howard Hunt
USA vs. H. L. McKinley
USA vs. Menier Hardware No. 1, Inc.
USA vs. Rebel Towing Co.
USA vs. Charles H. Smith
USA vs. Henry Joseph
Sosa - Sosa
Waters and watercourses
Watters vs. Iowa State Traveling Men's Association
Weede vs. Bechtel
Annals of Iowa
"Appellate cases in which I wrote the Opinion"
Articles of interest
"The boy no one wanted"
Brotherhood Institute -- Waverly, Feb., 1958
Burrows Editorial by Mr. Robert O. Burrows Sr. of the Belle Plaine Union
Canons of professional ethics, canons of judicial ethics
Carspecken, Phil, "Romance of the records"
Centennial session, Dubuque, Iowa, Jan. 7, 1950
Christmas Day, France, 1918
Christmas Eve, 1908
Criminal correspondence (10 folders)
Dedication of new church
Drake estate case
Evidence in motor vehicle cases
Expense vouchers (2 folders)
Foutschel, "Aid Plans in the Ohio and Iowa Synods"
Graven speeches and personal items
Mrs. Graven's account of a trip to Europe
Greene High School football
Hicklin, Judge Edwin R., photograph
"Some historical highlights in Iowa Federal Court history," Drake Supreme Court Day, April 6, 1958
Inauguration of Dyersville Basillica
Inventory of books
Iowa Bench News
Iowa State Bar Association
Continuing Legal Education (2 folders).
Law clerks (6 folders)
Lewis and Clark ceremonies
Lutheran Church (3 folders)
McNeely, Lee, photograph
Matters of interest to lawyers and judges
Miscellaneous (2 folders)
New York law
One hundreth anniversary of the Iowa constitution of 1857
One hundred years of Federal Court in the Northern District of Iowa
Opinions and findings published March 30, 1944, to date
Parker, Judge Issac C.
Phi Alpha Delta -- Honorary membership
Political campaign of 1928
Receipt and inventory of furniture, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 1959
Memorials (2 folders)
Retirement of Judge Graven (2 folders)
School of Religion
Scroll to Judge Graven from the lawyers of the 10th Judicial District of Iowa
Senate hearings on
improvements in judicial machinery (3 folders)
Talks (3 folders)
West Publishing Co.
SERIES II. PERSONAL PAPERS (CONT.):
American Lutheran Church, 1964 -- 1969
Annals of Iowa, vol. 30, nos. 2 & 4, Oct. 1949 & Apr. 1950
Biographical material, 1919 -- 1961
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America, 1916 -- 1950
Certificates, 1919 -- 1970
1919 -- 1937. Including letters from: Everett M. Dirksen, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Guy M. Gillette, Clyde Herring, John W. Gwynne, and Fred Biermann
1938 -- 1942. Including letters from: Guy M. Gillette, Nelson G. Kraschel, and Wiley Rutledge
January -- August 1943. Including letters from: Wiley Rutledge, Paul H. McCoid, and Guy M. Gillette
September -- December 1943. Including letters from: Wiley Rutledge, John W. Gwynne, Jake More, Nelson G. Kraschel, and Guy M. Gillette
January -- March 20, 1944. Including letters from:Guy M. Gillette, John W. Gwynne, Jake More, and Everett M. Dirksen
March 21, 1944 -- 1947. Including letters from: Nelson G. Kraschel, Guy M. Gillette, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, J. Edgar Hoover, Wiley Rutledge, and Clyde L. Herring
1948 -- 1955. Including letters from: Wiley Rutledge, Nelson G. Kraschel, Guy M. Gillette, Mason Ladd, J. Edgar Hoover, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Tom C. Clark, Everett M. Dirksen, Seth Thomas, and W. Earl Hall
1956 -- 1959. Including letters from: Mason Ladd and Seth Thomas
1960 -- April 1961. Including letters from: Mason Ladd, Fred Biermann, Earl Warren, Theodore G. Garfield, Robert D. Jackson, Tom C. Clark, Guy M. Gillette, H.R. Gross, John F. Kennedy, James E. Bromwell, and Everett M. Dirksen
May 1961 -- 1967. Including letters from: James E. Bromwell, Mason Ladd, Fred Biermann, and Arthur R. Kudart
1968 -- 1974. Including a letter from Theodore G. Garfield
Undated. Including letters from W. Earl Hall, and Tom C. Clark
Court proceedings, December 13, 1952. Recognition of Lee McNeely's years of service. For more information on McNeely, please see the materials provided by the Tripp County Historical Museum in South Dakota.
Fort Dodge, Iowa -- Federal courthouse dedication, 1961
Graven family genealogy
Honorary degree, June 1, 1962. Doctor of Humane Letters, Wartburg College
Iowa State Bar Association, 1957. Award of merit
Loth, Alan -- "A review of Farmers Cooperative vs Birmingham, 86 F. Supp. 201," 1950
Miscellaneous, 1937 -- 1967
Newspaper clippings, 1918 -- 1962
printed excerpts, 1911, 1940 -- 1961
"Order in the court or the trial of Elmer Smithers," 1951 -- Play
"Relation of the court to probationers during the period of probation, Federal Probation, vol. 13 (Dec. 1949) no. 4, by Henry Graven
Runyon, Thomas J., 1937, 1953 -- 1957
Speeches, 1937 -- 1952
Tributes to Graven
upon his retirement, 1961
Accountancy, action for
Accord and satisfaction
Act of God
Aiding and abetting
Alienation of affections
Arts -- Racketeering act
assault on federal officers
Assault & battery
Assignments for benefit of creditors
Assimilated Crimes Act
Attorney - General
Bankruptcy, general (2 folders)
Bankruptcy, notice of
Banks, public and banks & bondholders
Banks & Banking (2 folders)
Bills and notes
Breach of promise
Breaking & entering
Bulk Sales Act
Charities and charitable corporations
Chattel mortgages & conditions sales
Cities and towns
Clerk of Court
Compromise and settlement
Confessions and admissions
Conflict of laws
Debtor & creditor
Failure to testify
Presence at trial as a witness
Deliberation & premeditation
Election of remedies
Employers Liability Act
Erie R. vs. Tompkins
Executor & administration -- Problems of foreign administration
Exemplum exemptions excluding homesteads
False claims against US
Federal Tort Claims Act
Fire Arms Act
Forcible fntry & detainer
Forgery -- Civil
Frauds, statute of
Frazier - Lemke Act
Fugitive Felons Act
Good will government agencies
Guardian ad litem
Handcuffing at trial
Highways -- Other than matters relating to motor vehicles
Homesteads (under bankruptcy)
Husband & wife
Indictment & information
Other than motor vehicle
Insurance, other than motor vehicle
Interest (2 folders)
Interpleader -- Federal
Intoxication -- Civil
Joinder & conspiracy & criminal evidence
Jurisdiction -- Summary & turnover
Jurisdiction & venue
Justice of the Peace
Labor laws (2 folders)
Landlord & tenant
Landlord & tenant
Legislative Court Study Commission
Libel & slander
Limitations, statute of
Mail fraud & postal crimes
Malpractice -- Physicians & surgeons
Master & servant
Migratory Bird Act
Money had & received
No eye witness rule
Notice -- Expressed or implied
Parent & child
Parties -- Practice & Procedure, Federal
Petitions for rReview
Possession, Writ of
Preferences, liens, & equitable liens
Princpal & surety
Privacy, Right of
Process, Right of
Process, including abuse of
Prohibition, Writ of
Public records, court proceedings
Pure Food & Drug
Receiving stolen property
Reputations & character
Sales in bankruptcy
Schools & school
Search & seizure
Securities & Exchange Commission
Sentence & judgement
Sentence & probation
Slot machines & lotteries
Social Security Act
Staying state contract actions
Streets & highways
Telegraphs and telephones
Tenants in common
Texas and Fifth Circuit
Texas -- Workmans
Three judge court
trusts & trustees
Vendor and purchasor
Water and watercourses
Will drafting under Iowa law
Words and phrases
World War veterans
Allison, Jessie M. vs. Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Co.
Amos, Mrs. John vs. Prom Inc.
Apel, Robert & Paul vs. George Walters
Bodnarchuk, William M. vs. Clarence J. Iserman and West Side Sales & Service Corp.
Brown, Mae vs. USA, James H. Brown, et al.
Carpenter, Richard vs. Iowa - Illinois Gas & Electric Co.
Carr, Jane vs. Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co.
Central Surety & Insurance Corporation vs. Freeman Contractors, Inc., et al.
Combs, Claude W. vs. Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway Co.
Craven, Clara L. vs. The Chicago & Northwestern Railway System
Criminal Instructions (Conspiracy)
Elger, Carol E. vs. Minnie M. Guger
Darnell, Wallace vs. King's Crown Plaster Co.
De Maio, Nancy vs. Chicago Great Western Railway Co.
Ellis, Orville R. vs. E. J. Blane
Emery, William R. & Erma vs. Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Fidelity & Casualty Co. of New York vs. Sioux City Foundry & Boiler Co.
First Acceptance Corp. vs. Sam Kennedy
First National Bank vs. Bernard F. Atherton
Fulton, Gene A. vs. Frank Shaw
The Greyhound Corp. vs. Central Freight Lines Inc.
Hartman, Henry vs. Stanley Paul
Hennich, John vs. K.H. Randa
Hoyt, Mildred Marauison vs. Charles F. Clancey Jr.
Heuer, Orville F.,
et al. vs. New York Life Insurance Co.
Crime and Current, General
Crime, Tax Evasion
In Lonshoreman Case, Southern Distrist of New York
Iowa uniform instructions
Western Texas district
Kebric, Harry L. vs. Florence Warner Kepford
Leslar, Earl W. vs. Henry Sanders
Kittleson, Ray vs. American District Telegraph Co.
Lamb, Louis C. vs. Wayland K. Hicks et al
Larson, Lewis and J. Alvin Larson vs. Eldon H. Collins
Laurens, Iowa, and Laurens Municipal Light and Power Plant vs. Grain Dealers National Mutual Fire Insurance Company et al
Louisiana jury instructions
Mc Donnel, Elsie vs. Jeanette Timmerman
Nevilier, Ann vs. Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Co.
The Oliver Corp. vs. United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers
Palmer Fruit Company vs. Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company
Rittgers, Genevieve vs. USA
Shugart, Mary vs. Eugene R. Wimmer
Smith, Robert W. vs. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.
Sovern, H.A. and Walter O'Meara vs. Illinois Central Railroad Co.
Steffen,Norbert H. vs. Farmers Elevator Service Co.
Sunpuft Popcorn Corp. vs. Louis Seieroe
Taylor, Thomas vs. Myrtle Carlson
The Travelers Insurance Co. vs. Elmer Brandt
Vollmer, Helen Marie vs. Herman Harms
USA vs. 492.50 acres of land, more or less, situate in Ellis County, State of Texas, and Francis L. Harrison, et al.
USA vs. Asa Johnston
USA vs. Valentine John Karp
USA vs. Edmund Otis
USA vs. Vincente Leija Pena
USA vs. Strange Gros. Hide Co.
USA vs. Olice G. Taft
USA vs. Thomas Gordon Tinkle, Jr., et al
USA vs. 283.20 acres, more or less, situate in Ellis County, State of Texas, and John D. Kirven, et al
USA vs. Hubert A. Tyler
Urbain, James vs. Phillips Petroleum Co.
Wachter, Evelyn vs. Raymond A. Rovang
Wage and hour instructions
Waterman, Ruth Evelyn vs. St. Luke's Methodist Hospital