MsC 244


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1929 --1971

0.6 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: January, 1998


Acquisition Note: These papers were donated to the University in 1971.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Folder 4


Audio Material: Folder 4


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


Earl Elijah (1888 -- 1971) was a native of Clarence, Iowa. He attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Iowa State University in Ames. He was a farmer, banker, and state senator. In 1928, Elijah was named the master farmer of the year. His career included working as the president of the Clarence Savings Bank. He was the Iowa state senator for the 23rd district from 1952 to 1964. For eight years he served on the Iowa Soil Conservation Commission and he was a member of the Iowa Commission on Alcoholism. Active in community and professional organizations, Elijah was the first president of the Clarence Consolidated School Board. He was also a past president of both the Iowa Beef Producers and the Iowa Swine Producers Associations. In addition, he was a member of the board of trustees for Cornell College and Saint Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.


Scope and Contents


The papers of Earl Elijah consist of thirty-nine items dating from 1929 to 1971. There is correspondence including letters from Fred Schwengel and Jack Miller, as well as photographs, newspaper clippings, and certificates. However, speeches make up the majority of the papers and almost all of them relate to agriculture. These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1971 by his widow, Mrs. Earl Elijah. They are open for research and information on literary rights is available in the repository. 


Box List



One undated speech on notecards on religious topic

Three pages of notes on the history of the Clarence Savings Bank

Brief summary of talk to be given at laymens' meeting, Fargo, N.D.: "Lord I Believe," 3 p., undated

Three-page press release from Cornell College concerning Sen. Elijah's views on liquor laws

"What is Ahead for Agriculture?", 17 p., undated

"The Relation of Business to Agriculture," 18 p., undated

"History of Iowa Master Swine Producer Project" by E.L. Quaife, 11 p., 1968

"Report of the Legislature Advisory Committee on the Study of Tax Revision," by the Tax

Revision Advisory Committee, Sen. Earl Elijah, Chairman, 33 p., April, 1965

Radio Broadcast over WMT, June 1, 1952, 8 p.m., 9 p.

"Statement of Earl Elijah of Clarence, Cedar County, Iowa. Before the Senate Agricultural Committee at State House, Des Moines, Iowa, October 25, 1947," 5 p.

"Talk by Hon. Clinton P. Anderson, Secretary of Agriculture, Champion Farmers Association of America Conference, February 13, 1947."

"Business and Agriculture by Earl Elijah," April, 1929


Correspondence, 1929 -- 1971, 16 items including 1 TLS from Fred Schwengel and 2 TLS from Jack Miller


Newspaper clippings, campaign literature and other printed items



7 certificates

1 medal - "Firestone Award for Championship Performance in Agriculture"

1 tape recording of a radio broadcast of political endorsements for Earl Elijah's fifth senate term. 71/2 ips. 14 min. 40 sec.





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