MsC 237

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1924 -- 1963
22 items, .5linear 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: March 2003

Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1971 by Stephen Whitehead.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 1

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Biographical Note

Glenn E. Whitehead was born on a farm in Marshall County, Iowa, on August 11, 1892. After graduating from high school in Marshalltown, Whitehead took a two-year commerce course before entering the newspaper field in 1914. He was associated with various Iowa publications including the Nevada Journal, Des Moines Capital, Iowa Homestead, and Newton News. In 1926 he became the publisher of the Daily Chief in Perry, Iowa. He was the president of the Iowa Press Association from 1944 to 1945. Whitehead was a commissioned Naval officer during World War I and remained active in the American Legion. During World War II, he was a correspondent in the European War sector.

Active in the Republican Party, Whitehead was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1932 and in 1934 he was the publicity director of the Iowa State Republican Party headquarters. Whitehead served many terms as both a state representative and senator. He was also a member of the Iowa Development Commission.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Glenn E. Whitehead relate to his career as a newspaperman and legislator as well as to his personal life. A supply officer’s manual from Navy days is included, as is a diary of a European trip made shortly after the end of World War II. Whitehead kept copies of poems that he liked as well as a typescript draft of a story titled “Little thoughts of loving and living.” His correspondence relates primarily to the printing and newspaper business. Political materials include items from campaign buttons and advertising to a roll of delegates to the Republican National Convention of 1932.

Box List

Box 1

Correspondence, 1924 – 1963

Diary of a European trip, holograph and typewritten on loose sheets

Transcribed poetry

Printed cards and campaign material

Little thoughts of loving and living


Last Will and Testament of Glenn E. Whitehead, 19 December 1930

Roster of Perry Rotary Club Charter members, 5 February 1921

Obituary of C.E. Whited

“Shanty Riddell” by John Riddell, Vanity Fair, January 1929

“Official Newspaper Contest,” typescript, 3l

Candidate’s Sworn Statement of Election Expenses, 7 June 1948

“Not Guilty! His Majesty the King versus John Peter Zenger,” by Charles Spencer Hart. Mimeograph. 7l with cover letter


Box of campaign buttons

Temporary Roll of Delegates and Alternate Delegates to Republican National Convention, 1932

Roster… Republican National Convention, 1932

"The Flag," etc., 1955 -- 1956 (Reprinted for the Iowa Official Register)

The United Nations War Atlas

Manual: Supply Officers Afloat, USN, 1917

Certificate of election




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