MsC 442


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates:1921 -- 1983

(Bulk Dates: 1930s)

1.5 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: September 2002


Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Judge Kennedy in 1984.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Photographs: Box 3


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Biographical Note

Edward Eugene Kennedy was born in Grand Junction, Iowa, on April 12, 1894. He began his career as a livestock and grain farmer in Iowa and Minnesota. From 1931 to 1937, he was secretary/treasurer of the National Farmers Union. He also worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Kennedy founded the National Farmers Guild in 1939. In 1942, he became associated with John L. Lewis' attempt to organize dairy farmers into a union. After that failed, Kennedy stayed with District 50 of the United Mine Workers of America as a research director and economist from 1942 to 1970. He became the Chief Judge of Orphan's Court in Howard County, Maryland, in 1971. He served as president of the Maryland Association of Probate Judges. Kennedy was active in many other civic and political organizations, including member of the county council for Howard County and member of Maryland's Democratic Central Committee.


Scope and Content

The papers of Edward E. Kennedy date from 1921 to 1983 and consist of manuscripts relating chiefly to his activities with the National Farmers Union in the 1930s. There are correspondence files with letters from Milo Reno, Henry A. Wallace, and Guy M. Gillette, speeches given by Kennedy, and newspaper clippings. There is also material relating to his career as a probate judge, specifically subject folders concerning Orphan's Court and judicial reform issues. His work with the United Mine Workers of America is also documented.


Box List


Box 1

Addresses and Speeches by Edward E. Kennedy, 1936 --1966

Audit Report, 1921. Special Examination of Greene County, Iowa

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1931 -- 1937. Including letters from Milo Reno, John A. Simpson, Chester C. Davis, Henry A. Wallace, Guy M. Gillette, and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

1938 -- 1945. Including letters from Guy M. Gillette

1957 -- 1983

Cost of Production Issue, 1931 -- 1945

Everson, E. H. "Money Monopoly and Farm Relief," 1940

Family Life Education Handbook, 1980. Teacher's Curriculum Guide

Farmers' Educational and Co-operative Union of America, 1932 -- 1934

Box 2

The Fed and the Farmer by Edward E. Kennedy

Correspondence with publisher, 1982 -- 1983

Judicial Reform Issue, 1974

Kohlbecker Estate, 1960 -- 1976

Mast, Charles Anthony. "Farm factionalism over federal agricultural policy: the National Farmers Union, 1926 -- 1937." M.A. Thesis, University of Maryland, 1967

National Farmers Guild, 1941

Newspaper Clippings, 1923 -- 1983

Orphan's Court

1971 -- 1975

1976 -- 1982

Box 3

Photographs of Edward E. Kennedy

Puncke, Mary. Writings, 1931 -- 1941

Radio Addresses by Edward E. Kennedy, 1935 -- 1939

Refund of Hog Processing Tax Legislation, 1941

Report of the Committee to Prepare Remedial Legislation Necessary to Correct Some Marketing Evils..., 1931

The Union Farmer, 1939 --1941

United Mine Workers of America, District 50

1964 -- 1967

Printed material, 1965

Wallace, Henry A. Address before the Farmers Union Convention, September 19, 1928

Ward, Louis B. Publications

Wheat/Corn Production Penalty

Lawsuits, 1941 -- 1942

Legislation, 1941

Writings by Edward E. Kennedy, 1926 -- 1939




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