MsC 258


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1942 -- 1964

(Bulk Dates:1960s)

3 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: Judge McManus gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1972.


Access and Restrictions: Box 6, material concerning McManus' appointment as District Court Judge, is under seal. The rest of the collection is open for research.


Photographs: Boxes 3, 5


Audio Material: Box 5


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Abbreviations: For an explanation of the abbreviation and dating conventions used in the finding aids, see Abbreviations.


Biographical Note

Keokuk, Iowa, native Edward Joseph McManus was born on February 9, 1920. After graduating from Keokuk Senior High School he attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport. Transferring to the University of Iowa, he received his B.A. in 1940 and graduated from the College of Law in 1942. Entering into military service during W.W. II, McManus was a Naval aviator and pilot instructor. Upon being discharged from the Navy, he returned to Keokuk and began his legal practice. From 1946 until 1955 he was the City Attorney for Keokuk, and he compiled the Keokuk Municipal Code 1959.

A Democrat, McManus was elected to the Iowa state senate where he served from 1955 to 1959, at which time he was elected Lieutenant Governor. He was also a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1956 and 1960. McManus was a member of the Interstate Cooperation Commission of the Council of State Governments (1955 -- 1961) and of the Iowa Development Commission (1957 -- 1959). He ended his political career in 1960, after losing the race for governor to the Republican candidate, Norman Erbe. In 1962, McManus was commissioned as a federal judge. He became the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Edward J. McManus document his life and career. His service in the U.S. Navy is recorded in pilot's handbooks, training manuals, and correspondence. His political career is reflected in procedural rules for the senate, speeches he gave as Lieutenant Governor, and campaign materials including tape recordings, political ads, and posters. The beginning of his judicial career is noted with a list of participants in a Seminar for New District Judges.



Box List


Box 1

U. S. Navy

Includes training manuals, pilot's handbook for JM-1 airplane and correspondence


"A Few Observations on the Subject of the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings." Typescript, 4p

List of participants, Seminar for New District Judges, 1962. Mimeograph, 2p.

Lewis, Anthony. "Annals of Law -- The Gideon Case." New Yorker, April 25, May 2, May 9, 1964. Photocopy

Speech of E. J. McManus' father as president of the Iowa Bar Association. Typescript, 22p

Iowa Senate

Includes rules of procedure, program of Inaugural Ceremony, January 13, 1955, "How a Bill Becomes a Law," by A.C. Gustafson, copies of Iowa State Journal


Includes scripts for sessions of the Iowa Senate


Includes mailing lists, 1960 campaign contributors, Democratic State Central Committee

Lieutenant Governor -- Speeches

Farewell speech to Iowa Senate. Typescript, 1p

"Reapportionment," delivered 14 August 1958 in Waterloo, Iowa. Photocopy, 2p

Correspondence, 1960 -- 1962

T.L.S.s Leonard G. Wolf and Fred Schwengel



Honorary Degree, St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, 1963

Box 2

Campaign materials, 1960

Press releases, 1960 Governor's campaign

Box 3


Box 4

Newspaper Clippings

Box 5

Newspaper Clippings

Tape recording of a press conference and interview with Norman Erbe

Tape recording of a debate between Don Wilson and Evan Hultman, candidates for Attorney General, KQTV, Fort Dodge, 29 August 1960

Phonograph record, political advertisements for Edward J. McManus, 1960

Loose Materials

Two scrapbooks of E. J. McManus

One scrapbook of E. J. McManus' grandfather

Pilot's notebook

Phonograph record, Address by Senator John F. Kennedy, Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, 22 October 1959

Posters, "Edward J. 'Nick' McManus, Democratic Candidate for State Senator"

Two mounted photographs


Box 6




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