MsC 479

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1917 -- 1963
(Bulk Dates: 1950s and 1960s])
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: November 1997

Acquisition Note: The Harvey W. Wertz Papers were donated to the University Libraries in March 1991 by Alta Wertz, second wife of Harvey.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 2

Audio Material: Audiotapes Box 1

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Biographical Note

Harvey W. Wertz was born in Grand Junction, Iowa, on August 4, 1899. During World War I he served in the Machine Gun Company of the 168th Regiment, 3rd Iowa Infantry, part of the Rainbow Division, which was involved in much of the heaviest combat in France. Wertz was wounded in a German gas attack. In 1918, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

After the war, Wertz attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he graduated with a B.A. in journalism in 1924. The following four or five years found him working as a reporter on the following newspapers: St. Louis Star Times, Chicago Tribune (Paris bureau), N.Y. Graphic, N.Y. Evening Post, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 1929, Harvey Wertz married Scerita Osborne. He subsequently returned to graduate school at the University of Missouri. Upon receiving his M.A., Wertz went to work for the Newspapers Enterprise Association and then the federal government as the information officer of the Office of Price Administration.

Moving to California he purchased a weekly newspaper, the Sherman Oaks Sun. He later sold the paper in order to pursue other career options. Wertz served as a consultant and information director to the Office of Rent Stabilization and was then a field campaign manager for Estes Kefauver's presidential bid. He was also the campaign manager and assistant to Councilman Everett Burkhalter of Los Angeles and State Senator James Corman. On top of all of this Wertz did public relations work over the years for many organizations, was sought after as a popular speaker, and remained active in the Army Reserves. Harvey W. Wertz died in 1989.

Scope and Contents

These papers are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical order. Included in the collection are correspondence files--including letters written by Wertz during World War I, copies of articles written by him, certificates and plaques, photographs, travel diaries, campaign materials and more.

Box 1

Articles by Harvey Wertz. Incomplete typescripts, 1926 -- 1937.

Audiotapes, 1979. Two [biographical?] tapes.

Biographical material, 1957 -- 1966. Including academic records, awards, biographical sketches, certifications, etc.

Board Talk. Office of Rent Stabilization, Washington, D.C., June -- August 1952.

Burkhalter-Hiestand debate, 1962.

Civic Center Speakers Club - Arthur M. Morris Award. Plaque, 1960 and program, 1962.



1918 -- 1919 and undated.

1932 -- 1988 and undated.

Kefauver, Estes, 1952 -- 1957 and 1963. Including correspondence, campaign materials, clippings, etc.

 Box 2

Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, 1963. Seminar.

Medaille de la Marne, 1914 -- 1918. Certificate.

Newspaper clippings, 1918 -- 1939 and undated.

Notebook. Notes, drafts of speeches, diary, etc.

"An Outline of P.R.'s History" The Independent Journal of Columbia University, vol. 5, no. 8 (March 18, 1938). Article by Harvey Wertz on public relations.

Photographs, mostly of Harvey Wertz. (3 folders)

Political Aspects in Support of a Municipal Income Tax for School Purposes,1957. Essay by Harvey Wertz.

Taxpayer Education, or the Care and Feeding of Taxpayers, in TwentyChapters, 1958. Two chapters of a paper by Harvey Wertz.

Travel Diary, 1983, to Europe. Typescript.

Wilkinson, Robert M., 1975 --1978. Campaign and speech material prepared by Harvey Wertz, also includes correspondence.

Wolf, Walter B. History of the 42nd the Rainbow Division. Booklet, 1919.

 Box 3

History of the Missouri National Guard. Book, 1934.

Lawrence, Joseph Douglas. Fighting Soldier the AEF in 1918. Book, 1985.

Roster of the Rainbow Division (42nd). Book, 1917.

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