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Paul Clifford Pickett Papers
MsC 821
Collection Dates: 1967
0.5 linear ft.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: These materials were given to the Special Collections Department in 1997 from Margaret Pickett, wife of Paul Pickett. Guide created and posted to the Internet by Denise Anderson, March 2007


Letter from Henry A. Wallace to Paul Pickett, 1965

Henry A. Wallace letter about John Studebaker appointment.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 4 x 6-inch note cards created by Paul Pickett while writing his 1967 dissertation about John Ward Studebaker.  Studebaker was born in McGregor, Iowa, in 1887.  He was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Commissioner of Education in 1934, and served until 1948, during a period of great economic change and war.  Among his many contributions, Studebaker recognized the educational importance of broadcast radio, worked to improve rural libraries, and promoted youth work training programs, which later became war training programs.  He helped develop the G.I. Bill of Rights, allowing for educational assistance to veterans of war.

Biographical Note

Paul Clifford Pickett was born February 27, 1913, in Ottumwa, Iowa.  He married Margaret on August 8, 1940, and they had four children: Frank, Clyde, Louise, and Elaine.  Paul Pickett died in 1994.

Related Materials

Pickett, Paul Clifford. "Contributions of John Ward Studebaker to American education." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1967. 221 pp.

Books authored by John Ward Studebaker are housed in the Iowa Authors Collection, and in University Archives, within the Department of Special Collections.

Box Contents List

Box 1

Subject headings of note cards:

Annual Reports [by Studebaker, July 1, 1935 -- June 30, 1936]

Appointment [of Studebaker to Commissioner of Education in 1934]

Archives [of Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Library]

Camps [summer camps/ schools for children]

CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps]

Depression/ New Deal

Des Moines [correspondence between Studebaker and Percy Hoak, Des Moines school board candidate, 1935]

Development and Office of Education


Fraser [Hugh Russell Fraser's 1943 resignation]

Handicapped [educational opportunities for disabled children]

Interviews [conducted by Paul Pickett]

Junior Red Cross

Life Adjustment [chapter about vocational education in Solient Dates in American Education: 1635-1964]

NEA [National Education Association, 1935]

NYA [National Youth Administration, established in 1935 as part of the New Deal]

Personal [biographical information about Studebaker]

Progressive Education, 8-year [Des Moines schools participated in the Eight-year Study of cirriculum, 1933]


Reorganization of Office of Education [annual reports, 1943 -- 1948]


Roosevelts [Studebaker's proposed use of cartoon characters to convey current issues in education, 1935]

Summary -- JWS com. [list of Studebaker's recommendations]

Swedish circles [School schedule for Danish farmers and fishermen influenced a study circle, 1907]

Truman [copy of correspondence between Studebaker and Harry S. Truman]


Writings [of Studebaker]

Zeal for democracy [evidence of zeal in Studebaker's work]