MsC 387

  Manuscript Register

JOHN W. TOBIN PAPERS

Collection Dates: 1885 -- 1980
4 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
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu

Posted to Internet: March 2003

Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1980 by Judge Tobin.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 9

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Biographical Note

John W. Tobin (1895 -- 1989) was a life-long resident of Vinton, Iowa. The son of a lawyer, he joined his father and brothers' legal firm of Tobin, Tobin and Tobin in 1917. He served in the signal corps during WW I. Tobin was appointed district judge in 1954, for the counties of Benton, Marshall, and Tama. Judge Tobin remained on the bench until 1970 when he reached the mandatory retirement age. Always active in community affairs, Tobin helped organize the American Legion in Iowa and the Lions Club in Vinton. He was president of the State Bank of Vinton and active with the local library. An ardent conservationist, in 1952 he was elected national president of the Izaak Walton League of America and in 1974, he became a member of their Hall of Fame. In 1977 he and his wife donated their 68 acre Cedar River property to the Benton County Conservation Board. Judge Tobin died in Vinton, Iowa, at the age of 94.

Scope and Contents

The papers of John W. Tobin reflect his interests in the law, his community, and conservation. Arranged alphabetically by folder title, the collection includes subject files on such topics as the Izaak Walton League of America, Liberty Bond drives, and individual legal cases. There are trip diaries, material relating to his father's alma mater, Tilford Collegiate Academy, and speeches. Correspondence folders include letters from Orville Grahame, Dick Clark, Alden J. Erskine, John C. Culver, James Leach, Robert D. Ray, and Hope Rogers.

Box List

Box I

Benton County Historical Society, February 11, 1971 -- January 27, 1978 and undated, including a letter from Orville Grahame

Bequia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, correspondence, printed materials, photographs and newspaper clippings, 1945 -- November 10, 1978 and undated (4 folders)

Bird Watching Journal, January 14, 1940 -- December 8, 1941

Checks from M. J. Tobin, June 1916, June 1917

Hawk Bilt Company, November 6, 1959 -- June 30, 1968 and undated

High School Photographs

Idaho Trip Diary, November 1917


Box 2

Izaak Walton League of America

By-Laws Committee, January 31, 1946 -- February 27, 1962 and undated

Correspondence, July 9, 1952 -- September 12, 1979, including letters from J.N. Darling, Dick Clark, Alden J. Erskine and Harold Hughes (3 folders)

Endowment, July 11, 1968 -- August 9, 1979, including a letter from Alden J. Erskine


Box 3

Izaak Walton League of America, cont.

Hall of Fame, January 22, 1973 -- September 10, 1974

Iowa Division, April 15, 1955 -- December 7, 1971 (3 folders)


Box 4

Izaak Walton League of America, cont.

Iowa Division, March 7, 1972 -- October 25, 1977, undated, and newspaper clippings (3 folders), including letters from John Culver, Alden J. Erskine, Jim Leach, Bruce Stiles, and Leonard G. Wolf

Iowa Division, Constitution and By-Laws Committee, June 1952 -- August 1961 and undated

Iowa Historical Committee, February 20, 1959 -- May 25, 1962

National, June 21, 1931 -- June 13, 1975 and undated, including a letter from Edward Mezvinsky (2 folders)


Box 5

Izaak Walton League of America, cont.

1960 National Convention, January 29, 1960 -- September 28, 1960

1963 Resolutions Committee, December 11, 1962 -- June 12, 1963

1974 National Convention, June -- July 1974

1975 National Board of Directors Midwinter Meeting, June 1974 -- March 1975

1975 National Convention and Nominating Committee, May -- July, 1975

1977 National Convention, July 1 -- 4, 1977

Presidency, May 1952 -- June 1953 and undated, including newspaper clippings

Red Cedar Chapter, April 20, 1943 -- June 10, 1979 and undated, including newspaper
clippings and photographs

Box 6

Izaak Walton League of America, cont.

Tobin National Directors Achievement Award, October 9, 1975 -- April 18, 1979

Tobin State Directors Achievement Award, August 22, 1974 -- June 7, 1975

Wills and Bequests Committee, November 16, 1942 -- June 25, 1964 and undated (2 folders)

Judicial Candidacy, January 7, 1954 -- April 25, 1955 and undated

Juvenile Cases, August 1964 -- 1966

Juvenile Cases, Indians, October 1960 -- May 1969 and undated


Box 7

Judicial Retirement, June 1969 -- December 1971, including newspaper clippings and photographs and a letter from Robert D. Ray

Liberty War Scrapbook, June 1918 -- June 1919 (1 book and 1 folder)

Miscellaneous Correspondence, December 31, 1920 -- October 22, 1979, including letters from Michael Blouin, Dick Clark, John Culver, Jim Leach, and Hope Rogers

Palimpsest, June 22, 1970 -- March 23, 1971, including letters from Orville Grahame and Hope Rogers

Rector v. Alcorn, August 17, 1974 -- May 6, 1976


Box 8

Speeches, 1912 -- December 1976 and undated, including newspaper clippings (4 folders)

State Bank of Vinton, 1941 -- May 25, 1977, including newspaper clippings (2 folders)

State Judicial Nominating Committee, July 19, 1969 -- October 4, 1976 and undated, including letters from Robert D. Ray and Elizabeth Shaw (2 folders)

State of Iowa v. William A. Holland, August 15, 1958 -- February 23, 1972

State of Iowa v. Frank D. Pardue, October 25, 1972 -- January 30, 1973, including photograph and newspaper clipping


Box 9

Tilford Collegiate Academy, 1885 -- February 3, 1980 and undated

Tobin "Brighten the Corner Trust" Fund, February 1971 -- March 1978

Tobin Park, December 6, 1930 -- October 16, 1978 and undated, including newspaper clippings

With No Intention, correspondence, November 9, 1977 -- August 30, 1979 and undated, including photographs

With No Intention, Manuscript (2 folders)

World War II Finance Committee, November 6, 1942 -- January 9, 1946 and undated, including newspaper clippings (3 folders)

 

 

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