MsC 261


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1929 -- 1970

2 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: August 2002



Acquisition Note: These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mrs. Harold E. Wolfe in 1972.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Photographs: Box 3


Ephemera: Box 4


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Biographical Note

Harold E. Wolfe was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 2, 1900. He attended schools in Cedar Rapids and Mason City before his family moved to Canada. He graduated from high school in Medicine Hat, Canada, before his family returned to Mason City, Iowa. He worked there in the foundry business for a time. In 1920 Wolfe joined the Mason City Police Department. He retired from the force thirty-one years later having spent the previous sixteen years as the chief of police.

Governor William S. Beardsley appointed Wolfe to a six year term on the Iowa Liquor Control Commission in 1951. He acted as chairman of the Commission from 1951 to 1957. Finally, he served as a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives from Cerro Gordo County from 1967 to 1970. Mr. Wolfe died on November 29, 1971.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Harold E. Wolfe consist of manuscripts organized by series relating to his career: 1) Chief of police of Mason City, Iowa (1929 -- 1951); 2) Chairman of the Iowa Liquor Control Commission (1951 -- 1957), and; 3) State legislator (1967 -- 1970). The first grouping is made up primarily of correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Mason City police department. The next section, pertaining to his chairmanship of the Iowa Liquor Control Commission, includes documents from the Commission as well as information about the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Associations. Finally, there are two boxes of correspondence, bills, radio broadcast scripts, and campaign documents relating to his legislative career.

The correspondence which is found throughout the papers includes letters from William S. Beardsley, Fred Biermann, Robert K. Goodwin, H.R. Gross, W. Earl Hall, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, J. Edgar Hoover, George Mills, Robert D. Ray, William J. Scherle, and George A. Wilson.

Box List

Box 1

Material concerning Harold E. Wolfe as chief of police of Mason City, Iowa (1929 -- 1951)


1929 -- 1939, including letters from Fred Biermann, W. Earl Hall, and John Edgar Hoover

1940 -- 1949, including letters from George A. Wilson, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, and John Edgar Hoover

1950 -- 1951

undated correspondence, 1929 -- 1951

Police department newspaper clippings

Miscellaneous material pertaining to the Mason City Police Department

Box 2

Material concerning Mr. Wolfe as Chairman of the Iowa Liquor Control Commission (1951 -- 1957)

Correspondence, 1950 -- 1960, including letters from William S. Beardsley, Robert K. Goodwin, and Fred Biermann

Iowa Liquor Control Commission documents

Itinerary slips

National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association

News clippings I

News clippings II

Miscellaneous material from Iowa Liquor Control Commission

Box 3

Material concerning Mr. Wolfe as a state legislator (1967 -- 1970)

Correspondence, 1966 -- 1968, including letters from Robert D. Ray, H.R. Gross, and William J. Scherle

Correspondence, 1969 -- 1970, and undated, including letters from William J. Scherle

Radio broadcasts

Legislative stationery


Governor's Day Coffee, 1970 -- clippings and correspondence

63rd General Assembly Senate Bills

63rd General Assembly House Bills

Miscellaneous legislative material

Box 4

State legislator materials, cont.

State of Iowa publications concerning the legislature


Candidacy and election documents

Miscellaneous material

Campaign buttons, name tags, etc

Letters of condolence, obituaries, and Iowa House Memorial Resolution, including letters from George Mills, Robert D. Ray, H.R. Gross, and John Edgar Hoover



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