MsC 270


Manuscript Register



Bulk dates: 1950 -- 1971

.25 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 the Internet April 2002



Acquisitions Note: Donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Herbert W. Albrecht in 1971.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


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

Herbert W. Albrecht, a farmer in Fairbank, Buchanan County, Iowa, was a member of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) and collected many related documents. The NFO was founded in Corning, Iowa, in 1955. It grew out of drought and low livestock prices. Non-partisan and nonpolitical, the National Farmers Organization's membership (unlike many other farm groups such as the Farm Bureau) is only open to farmers. It is organized along county, congressional district, state, and national levels, with its strongest influence in the Midwest (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Illinois). The NFO works to promote target prices, collective bargaining, and price contracts.


Scope and Contents


The Herbert W. Albrecht collection of National Farmers Organization materials documents the group's activities in central Iowa from the 1950s to the early 1970s. This small collection of 145 items includes official forms and contracts, by-laws and annual reports, as well as press releases, reports, and pamphlets. One entire packet relates to the collective bargaining issue. Most of the collection is made up of the organization's own publications. There are single issues and incomplete runs of The NFO Reporter, Newsletter, and News Flash. Mr. Albrecht gave these papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1972 and they are open for research by students and scholars.




Box List:


Box 1

Folder titles:

1) Publications

Black Hawk County NFO Newsletter. February 5, 1971; August 6, 1971; September 10, 1971
Buchanan County NFO News. April 1972; June 1972
The County Progressive, March 1971.
The NFO Reporter. December 1970; January 1971; August 1971; September 1971; November 1971.
Oelwein (Ia.) Daily Register. December 15, 1969.

2) Official Forms and Contracts

3) By-Laws; Annual Reports, 1970-1971

4) Pamphlets, Reports, Press Releases, Poster, Letters from NFO President, Printed Materials

5) Packet of materials entitled "Will it be individual begging... or collective bargaining?"

6) NFO News Flash

7) NFO Newsletter


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