MsC 369


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1943 --1968

(Bulk Dates: 1948)

1 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
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Posted to Internet: May 2002

Addendum: January 2010



Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Frank's widow, Mrs. L.C. Frank, in the 1970s. An additional gift was given in 2010 by Patricia M. Franks.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Photographs: Box 1


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Biographical Note

Lewis Crown Frank, Jr. (1916 -- 1970) was a staff writer for the New Republic. In 1948, he became the principal speech writer for Henry A. Wallace's presidential bid on the Progressive Party ticket. Frank advocated expanding the use of print and broadcast media over the rally type campaign strategy.

Scope and Contents


The papers of Lew Frank date from 1943 to 1968, but relate primarily to the Progressive Party and Henry A. Wallace's presidential campaign of 1948. A small collection, it is made up of two boxes of manuscript material and clippings. There are seven folders of speeches that Frank wrote for Henry A. Wallace, as well as correspondence, campaign schedules, clippings, Progressive Party news releases and pamphlets.



Related materials


Henry A. Wallace Papers, 1934 -- 1944. 12 ft. Editor of Wallaces' Farmer 1921--1933; Secretary of Agriculture, 1933 --1940; Vice-President of the United States, 1941--1945; Secretary of Commerce, 1945 --1946. Photocopies of the microfilm edition of the original mss. in the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division. MsC177


Box List


Box 1


Folder number: Contents


1: Speeches of Henry A Wallace, 1947 January -- September

2: Speeches of Henry A Wallace,1947 October -- December

3: Speeches of Henry A Wallace, 1948 January -- April

4: Speeches of Henry A Wallace, 1948 May -- June

5: Speeches of Henry A Wallace, 1948 September -- November

6: Speeches of Henry A Wallace, 1949

7: Speeches of Henry A Wallace, undated

8: Correspondence 1943 -- 1968

9: Foundation (charter, finances, issues, memoranda) 1948 --1949?

10: Photographs

Box 2

Newspaper clippings (arranged chronologically by newspaper)

1: Daily Compass, August 15, 1949 -- November 2, 1949

2: Detroit Free Press, October 10, 1948 -- August 25, 1949

3: Detroit News, May 2, 1948 -- October 1, 1949

4: New York Times, June 17, 1947 -- November 19, 1965

5: Misc. clippings (Nation, Defender, Saturday Review, Manchester Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer, I.F. Stone's Weekly, Mademoiselle, New York Star, Herald Tribune, unidentified and undated clippings, July 26, 1948 -- September 14, 1968)

6: Pamphlets published by Progressive Party

7: Non-Progressive Party publications

8: Progressive Party news releases, 1947 -- 1948

9: Progressive Party news releases, 1949

10: Progressive Party news records, 1948

11: Progressive Party news records, 1949 -- 1950

12: Campaign schedules, February -- July 1948

13: Campaign schedules, August -- September 1948

14:Campaign schedules, October 1948

15: Campaign schedules, November 1948

2010 Addendum

Letters to his wife from the 1948 campaign trail

"The Population Factor" a paper presented for discussion at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara, August 30, 1967 by Lewis C. Frank, Jr., Executive Director, Information Center of Population Problems

Remarks for American Association of Medical Writers. Draft, September 22, 1967

Remarks for Merrill-Palmer Conference, November 16, 1967, Detroit

Speech, the Franklin Institution

Text of speech on the population explosion to be delivered by Lewis C. Frank, Jr., Executive Director of the Information Centre on Population Problems, New York, in the House of Commons, on Thursday, 19th June,1969