MsC 462


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates:1866 -- 1983

(Bulk Dates:1950 to 1980)

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
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet:May 2002



Acquisition Note: These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Marguerite Goodwin in 1985 -- 1986.

Access and Restrictions: These papers are open for research.


Photographs: Box 1, Oversized Folder


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Biographical Note

Robert Kingman Goodwin was born on May 23, 1905, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Drake University in 1928 and later attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. After graduating from Drake, Goodwin moved to Redfield, Iowa, where he engaged in the brick and tile manufacturing business and farming. In 1939, he was vice president of the Dallas County Farm Bureau. Active in Republican Party politics, Goodwin was a delegate to the state conventions in 1936 and 1938. In 1940, he was elected to Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Cassius C. Dowell. This term ended in January 1941, and Goodwin was not re-nominated. Commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1942, he served until 1945. Goodwin became the director of the Central National Bank and Trust Company in 1941 and remained in that position until 1965, when he returned to his manufacturing business. During the 1950s, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and was a member of the Republican National Committee. Robert K. Goodwin died on February 21, 1983, at the age of seventy-seven.

Scope and Contents


The papers of Robert K. Goodwin date from 1866 to 1983 and primarily concern Goodwin's political activities. There are correspondence files with letters from many Republican politicians, including H.R. Gross, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, and Herbert Hoover. Some of the political subject files include presidential inaugurations, Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation, Republican state conventions, and H.R. Gross. There are also copies of speeches given by Goodwin, biographical materials, and photographs.

Box List


Box 1

Biographical Materials, 1952 -- 1983

"Blue Print for Iowa," 1951 (1950 Campaign -- The Iowa Story)

Boy Scouts of America, 1942, 1963, 1973 and undated

Certificates and Badges, 1931 -- 1981


1920 -- 1958

Including letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas E. Martin, Guy M. Gillette, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Robert A. Taft, Sinclair Weeks, Harold E. Stassen, Milton S. Eisenhower, William H. Nicholas, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Arthur E. Summerfield, Ray C. Bliss, W.W. Waymack, Allin W. Dakin, Robert D. Blue, and Herbert Hoover

1960 -- 1969

Including letters from Ben F. Jensen, H.R. Gross, Ray C. Bliss, Robert D. Ray, Lewis L. Strauss, Clark R. Mollenhoff, Roger W. Jepsen, Jack Miller, Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover, and Patricia Nixon

1970 -- 1983

Including letters from Lewis L. Strauss, Jack Miller, H.R. Gross, Robert D. Ray, George Bush, Charles E. Grassley, Ray C. Bliss, Richard Nixon, Mary Louise Smith, Gerald R. Ford, and Terry E. Branstad


Including a letter from Bourke B. Hickenlooper and Ronald Reagan

Drake University. Presidential Inauguration, 1966

Gross, H.R., 1968 and 1974

Gubernatorial Inauguration, 1955

Hoover Birthplace Foundation, 1952, and 1962 -- 1979

Iowa Republican Farm Policy Council, 1950

J.N. "Ding" Darling Foundation, Inc.

Kingman, A.S. Guardian Report, Jan. 2, 1866

Lincoln Day Dinner and Victory Rally, 1953

Newspaper Clippings, 1940 -- 1978, and undated

Box 2

Omicron Delta Kappa, 1954 -- 1956

Presidential Inaugurations

1929, Herbert C. Hoover
1969, Richard M. Nixon

Report of the Management Committee to the Board of Trustees of the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation, Inc., 1965

Republican State Convention, 1952

Speeches, 1939 -- 1959, and undated (2 folders)

Oversized folder

Photographs. Including photos of Robert A. Taft, Guy M. Gillette, H.R. Gross, Karl M. LeCompte, Jack Miller, Ben F. Jensen and Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Gene Autry, Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower




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