MsC 498

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1903 -- 1961
(Bulk Dates: 1940s and 1950s)
2.5 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: 1999

Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Cosson's grandson, George Cosson III.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Missouri native George Cosson (1876 -- 1963) was educated at Valparaiso University in Indiana and the University of Iowa. He was admitted to the bar in 1898 and established his legal practice in Audubon, Iowa. In 1907, he became the special counsel for the state attorney general. Cosson was elected to the state senate in 1909 and served as a Republican in the 33rd General Assembly. From 1911 to 1917, he held the office of Attorney General of the State of Iowa. Nominated for governor by the Republican party, Cosson ran an unsuccessful campaign in 1916. The following year he left government and resumed his private legal career, establishing a law firm in Des Moines. Cosson did not seek an elected office again until 1932 when he became the party's candidate for U.S. Senate. After losing the election, he once again returned to his law practice in Des Moines. In 1935, Cosson joined the faculty of Drake University, where he taught tax law. Cosson is the author of a number of papers including The Cosson Laws and This Conflicting World.

 Scope and Contenst

The papers of George Cosson consist of items dating from 1903 to 1961. Most of the collection consists of material regarding the case of Fred Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company and other files relating to Stover. The papers also include The Cosson Laws, Enlightenment and the World Crisis, The Iowa Plan, and copies of his speeches and correspondence files with letter from Guy M. Gillette and others.

Box 1

Addresses and speeches, 1949 -- 1958.

Clippings, 1905, 1933 -- 1955.

Correspondence, 1903, 1922, 1945 -- 1961. Including letters from: Eugene V. Debs, Guy M. Gillette, Virgil M. Hancher, Henry A. Wallace, William S. Beardsley, and Eleanor Roosevelt. (2 folders)

"The Cosson Laws," by G. Cosson. Typescript with correspondence and a copy of Annals of Iowa, vol.30: no.3 (Jan. 1950).

"Do We Really Want World War III -- The War That Will End the World?" by Cyrus Eaton, 1958

"The Duke of Bedford. His Concept of American Foreign Policy." by G. Cosson. The Churchman, Vol. CLXVII, no 10 (May 15, 1954), pp. 8 -- 9. Also includes two pamphlets by the Duke of Bedford.

Editorial on Eisenhower's Foreign Policy, n.d.

"Enlightenment and the World Crisis." by G. Cosson. Pamphlets, 1952.

"The Evil of the County Jail System in Iowa and Its Remedy." by George Cosson. January 1919.

Fight for Freedom, 1941 and Undated.

Fight for Freedom -- Correspondence, 1941 -- 1943. Including letters from: Loren Hickerson, Earl Hall, Clarence W. Moody, Guy M. Gillette, Dan W. Turner, W.C. Edson, Harry Grant Plum, Leslie G. Moeller, and E. P. Adler.

"The Iowa Plan. A Basic Plan for National Recovery." by G. Cosson. Northwestern Banker Des Moines, no.557 (Dec. 1933) pp. 7 -- 8, 41 -- 46.

"Report of the Committee Appointed to Investigate the Character of the Warden and the General Management of the Iowa Penitentiary at Fort Madison Together With a Report Concerning the Jail System of Iowa With Recommendations." State of Iowa Department of Justice, Des Moines, May 25, 1912.

Stevens, Truman S. Memorial address by G. Cosson, 1951.

"What O'Clock Is It -- A Study in Civilization." by G. Cosson. Reprint of a paper read before The Prairie Club of Des Moines, Iowa, 1929.

 Box 2

The Farmer's Educational and Cooperative Union of America, 1955 -- 1956.

Iowa Farmer's Union -- general file.

Iowa Farmer's Union v. Farmer's Education and Cooperative Union of America (2 folders)

Newspaper clippings.

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. (9 folders)

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company . Appeal from the District Court. (2 folders)

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. Deposition of Helen Woods Burnie

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. Depositions

 Box 3

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. Exhibits. (2 folders)

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. Polk County District Court.

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. Supreme Court of Iowa.

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. Supreme Court of the United States.

Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company. Testimony.

Scrapbook. On Oversized shelf

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