MsC 276


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1911 to 1971

(Bulk Dates: 1958 -- 1961, 1966)

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: May, 2002



Acquisition Note: The papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1972, by Mrs. Harry F. Garrett.


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Biographical Note


Harry Freeland Garrett was born in Corydon, Iowa, in 1887. He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1911 and was admitted to the Iowa Bar the same year. Returning to Corydon, he began a law practice. From 1913 to 1918 he was the county attorney for Wayne County, a position that he again held from 1929 to 1931. In 1931, Garrett was elected to Iowa's State House of Representatives. In 1933, he became Iowa's Attorney General, serving until 1937, when he resumed his law practice in Corydon. From 1958 to 1960, Harry F. Garrett served as a justice on the Iowa Supreme Court. He died in Corydon, Iowa, in 1971.


1887 -- born, Corydon, Iowa

1907 -- graduation from high school

1911 -- graduation from University of Iowa Law School and admitted to Iowa Bar

1913 -- 1918 -- Wayne County Attorney

1918 -- entered the army

1919 -- honorably discharged from army as a regimental sergeant major

1927 -- marriage to Louie Oneall

1929 -- 1931 -- Wayne County Attorney

1931 -- 1933 -- representative in the Iowa House of Representatives from Wayne County.

1933 -- 1937 -- Assistant Attorney general of Iowa

1937 -- resumed law practice in Corydon

1944 -- ran as a Democrat for attorney general of Iowa

1948 -- delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from the Iowa Fourth District

1957 -- delegate to the Rotary International in Lucerne, Switzerland

1958 -- 1960 -- elected and served as justice on the Iowa Supreme Court

1961 -- honorary membership in the Order of the COIF

1971 -- attended his sixtieth Law Class reunion

1971 -- death in Corydon


Scope and Contents


The papers of Harry F. Garrett date from 1911 to 1971 and document his legal and political career. The two boxes which house his papers contain subject files including individual court cases, speeches, and memorabilia from his 60th law school class reunion. Correspondence, including letters from Jake More, is found throughout the collection and concerns the courts, politics, and campaigns.


Box List


Box 1

Beulah L. Schofield et al v. Rollin S. White, et al, January, 1959, Affirmed.


Carl E. Johnson et al v. Iowa State Highway Commission, Richard P. Knight et al, Glenn LeRoy Selby et al.


Citations notebook




Court correspondence


Dedication speech, Wayne County Court House


Law class reunion




Order of the COIF Speech, 1961

Box 2

Politics, including letters from Jake More

Rauch v. American Radiator & Standard Corp., 1960

Redfield v. Iowa State Highway Commission, Reversed and remanded

Supreme Court campaign (including letters from Jake More)

Van Patten v. C.R.I. & P., 1960, Reversed

Separate Package

Law degree, University of Iowa, 1911

Certificate of admission, Supreme Court of Iowa, 1911


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