Collection Dates: 1948 -- 1984
3 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: April 1998
Addenda 1979, 1984
Norris gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1973. Additions
to the collection were given in 1979 and 1984.
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Table of Contents
Scope and contents
Box 1 Correspondence, 1948 -- 1972
Box 2 Correspondence with David Ulmer Norris
Box 3 Correspondence with Donald Nixon Morris -- University of Missouri School of Journalism Community Service Award
Box 4 Republican National Convention, 1968 -- Speeches, 1949 -- 1973
Box 5 Correspondence, 1971 -- Speeches, 1973 -- 1978
6 Correspondence, 1960 -- 1984
Newspaper editor and publisher, Paul Gifford Norris, Jr. (1904 -- 1985) was born in Grinnell, Iowa. He began his career in Chicago as a reporter and rewrite man. In 1927, he joined the staff of the Marshalltown Times-Republican, remaining there for nearly sixty years. He worked successively as the sports editor, state editor, and city editor. He left for a brief time to run the newspaper's radio affiliate, KFJB of Marshalltown. Norris was the editor and publisher of the Times-Republican from 1949 until his retirement in 1980. He was named Iowa Master Editor-Publisher by the Iowa Press Association in 1956, and was president of the organization from 1974 to 1975.
Paul Norris was a
member of the board of directors of Blue Cross - Blue Shield of Iowa and of
the Inland Press Association. An active Republican, he was a delegate to the
Republican National Conventions in 1956 and 1968. The only non-player ever elected
to the hall of fame of the Iowa Amateur Athletic Union, he helped found the
Iowa AAU Basketball Tournament in 1947. Paul G. Norris, Jr. was eighty years
old when he died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
The papers of Paul G. Norris, Jr. consist of three linear feet of manuscripts dating from 1948 to 1984. Most of the collection is made up of correspondence, dealing with family matters, newspaper business, and politics. Some of the correspondents include: Philip D. Adler, Gerald L. Bogan, Terry E. Branstad, Dick Clark, Sonja Carlsen Egenes, Charles E. Grassley, H.R. Gross, Roger W. Jepsen, Ann Landers, Karl M. LeCompte, Kenneth MacDonald, Thomas E. Martin, Jack Miller, Merle Miller, Richard M. Nixon, Frank T. Nye, Robert R. Rigler, Jean Seberg, Neal Smith, and Lew Warren. The remainder of the collection is made up of two folders of materials relating to the 1968 Republican National Convention and two folders of speeches given by Norris from 1949 to 1978.
Personal:1948 -- 1951, including letters from H.R. Gross
1951 -- 1955, including letters from H.R. Gross, Estes Kefauver and Richard M. Nixon
Congratulatory letters for the Master Editor Award (1956) and election to membership in the American Society of Newspaper Editors (1957), including letters from Thomas E. Martin, Otha D. Wearin, and Paul Franzenburg
Personal:1958 -- 1960, including letters from Verne R. Martin, Thomas E. Martin, Kenneth MacDonald, Leo A. Hoegh, and Robert K. Beck
1961 -- 1964, including letters from Philip D. Adler, H.R. Gross, John M. Henry, Jack Miller (plus signed photograph), Lew Warren, Karl M. LeCompte, Howard R. Bowen, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Richard M. Nixon and Ann Landers
1965 -- 1970, including letters from Philip D. Adler, Sonja Egenes, Ernest A. Hayes, H. R. Gross, Ronald Reagan, Kenneth MacDonald, Jack Miller, Robert D. Ray, Duane E. Dewel, and Ann Landers
Political correspondence, 1970 -- 1971, including letters from Robert D. Rigler and Mrs. Elizabeth R. Miller
Personal:1971 -- 1972, including letters from William D. Proxmire, H.R. Gross, Jean Seberg, and Merle Miller
with David Ulmer Norris, 1951 -- 1971 (4 folders)
Correspondence with Donald Nixon Morris, 1951 -- 1961
Correspondence with Paul G. Norris, III, 1955 -- 1966 (4 folders)
University of Missouri
School of Journalism Community Service Award, 1951
Republican National Convention, 1968, including letters from Mrs. Elmer M. (Mary Louise) Smith, Charles E. Wittenmeyer, Sonja C. Egenes, H.R. Gross, Karl M. LeCompte, and Robert R. Rigler (2 folders)
Speeches, 1949 --
Personal:1971 -- 1975, including letters from Dick Clark, Lew Warren, H.R. Gross, John S. Murray, David M. Stanley, Charles E. Grassley, and Neal Smith
1976 -- 1979, including letters from Dick Clark, Terry E. Branstad, and Maurice Van Nostrand
Dick Talmadge, 1960 -- 1964 [stepson]
Speeches, 1973 --
Personal:1960 -- 1969
1971 -- 1980, including letters from Charles E. Grassley, Roger W. Jepsen and Ernest A. Hayes
1981 -- 1984, including letters from George Mills, Gerald L. Bogan, Frank T. Nye and Carl Hamilton. Also includes a speech entitled "Early Recollections of Marshalltown"
Clippings, 1974 and 1985