MsC 179

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1904 -- 1930
2.25 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

March 1998
Addenda: 2001
, 2009

Acquisition Note: These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1959, by Henry A. Wallace. A microfilm edition of these records is available for loan or purchase.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 4

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Series Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Scope and contents

Box 1 American Farm Bureau Federation -- Correspondence, March 1918

Box 2 Correspondence, April 1918 -- September 1920

Box 3 Correspondence, October 1920 -- Government promises on WWI farm production and prices

Box 4 Illinois Agricultural Association -- Young Men’s Christian Associations

Box 5 Scrapbooks, 1922 -- 1924

2001 Addendum


Henry Cantwell Wallace (1866-1924) graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 1892. In 1895, he joined the family publishing business. His father, Henry Wallace, was the editor of Wallace’s Farmer and Henry C. succeeded him as the editor in 1916. President Warren G. Harding appointed Wallace U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 1921. As secretary he emphasized the department’s role in the adjustment of production to the needs of consumption, promoted farm relief programs, championed conservation, and established the bureau of agricultural economics. He was a member of the executive committee of the Roosevelt Memorial Association and of the International Committee of Young Men’s Christian Associations. Henry Cantwell Wallace was the father of U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace.


The papers of Henry C. Wallace measure 2.25 linear feet and date from 1904 to 1930. Arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence these papers reflect his personal life and career. Subject files range from a diary and articles by Wallace to agriculture issues and Wallace’s Farmer. There are nearly three boxes of correspondence which include letters from: John M. Evvard, Herbert Hoover, Donald R. Murphy, Gifford Pinchot, and William Howard Taft.

Related Materials

Agricultural History, Vol. XLI:No. 2 (April 1967). This publication contains two essays dealing with Henry Cantwell Wallace.

 Box 1

American Farm Bureau Federation. Brochures, 1919 -- 1920.

Articles and reports by Henry C. Wallace, undated.

Corn Belt Meat Producers, 1919.


1904 -- 1911. Including a letter from Nathan E. Kendall.

January -- February 1912. Including a letter from John M. Evvard.

March -- July 1912. Including letters from A. Sykes and Albert B. Cummins.

August -- December 1912. Including letters from A. Sykes and John M. Evvard.

1913 -- 1916. Including letters from John M. Evvard and Raymond A. Pearson.

1917. Including letters from: Horace Plunkett, David F. Houston, Gifford Pinchot, Herbert Hoover, Edward Bok, Theodore Roosevelt, E.L. Burke, and Lafayette Young, Jr.

January -- March 1918. Including letters from: Gifford Pinchot, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt.

 Box 2

Correspondence (cont.)

April -- December 1918. Including letters from: Gifford Pinchot, William H. Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, andHerbert Hoover.

January -- August 1919. Including letters from: William H. Taft, John M. Evvard, Arthur Capper, J.W. Coverdale, Henry C. Stuart, and W.R. Stubbs.

September -- October 1919. Including letters from: Henry C. Stuart, Clarence Pickard, C.W. Pugsley, A. Sykes, and Jesse N. Jones.

November -- December 1919. Including letters from: Walter A. Jessup, A. Sykes, Addison M. Parker, Raymond A. Pearson, William H. Taft, C.W. Pugsley, Clarence Pickard, Arthur Capper, William S. Kenyon, and Gifford Pinchot.

January -- March 1920. Including letters from: A. Sykes, Frederic Larrabee, G.W. Swan, John B. Kendrick, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

April -- May 1920. Including letters from Clifford Thorne and A. Sykes.

June -- September 1920. Including letters from: A. Sykes, Donald R. Murphy, Cyrenus Cole, Robert B. Wallace, Dan A. Wallace, J.R. Howard, Herman Hagedorn, and G.W. Swan.

 Box 3

Correspondence (cont.)

October -- November 1920. Including letters from: Herman Hagedorn, A. Sykes, Donald R. Murphy, Henry C. Taylor, John M. Evvard, C.W. Pugsley, G.F. Warren, Albert B. Cummins, and Dan A. Wallace.

December 1920. Including letters from: G.W. Swan, A. Sykes, E.L. Burke, Arthur Capper, Donald R. Murphy, Johnson Brigham, J.W. Coverdale, J.R. Howard, Thomas P. Gore, John Hammill, Frank O. Lowden, Eugene Meyer, Jr., Samuel R. McKelvie, C.W. Pugsley, James W. Wilson, Charles F. Curtiss, Robert B. Wallace, and Edwin T. Meredith.

January 1921. Including letters from: T.W. Tomlinson, James W. Wilson, John B. Kendrick, Gifford Pinchot, A. Sykes, Thomas P. Gore, Samuel R.McKelvie, Donald R. Murphy, James W. Wallace, and C.W. Pugsley.

February 1921. Including letters from: A. Sykes, Elwood Mead, Eugene Meyer, Jr., Clarence Poe, A.P. Carhart, F.V. Rowe, Carleton R. Ball, and Johnson Brigham.

March -- December 1921. Including letters from: Donald R. Murphy, Clyde L. Herring, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Herbert Hoover.

1922 -- 1923. Including letters from: Warren G. Harding, G.F. Warren, and Donald R. Murphy.

1924 -- 1930. Including letters from: Dan A. Wallace, Donald R. Murphy, Robert B. Wallace, C.W. Warburton, Gardner Cowles, Lafayette Young, Jr., J.B. Weaver, and Addison M. Parker.

Undated. Including letters from William H. Taft and Edith Kermit Roosevelt.

Des Moines Pioneer Club, 1920. Twenty-sixth annual banquet.

Diary, 1922. Three journal entries, typescript.

Government promises on WWI farm production and prices, 1917 -- 1918.

 Box 4

Illinois Agricultural Association, 1920 -- 1921.

Kansas State Farm Bureau Bulletin, 1918, and Kansas Livestock Producers Bulletin, 1920.

Newspaper Clippings

1910 -- 1919.

1920 -- 1923.



Obituaries and memorials, 1924 -- 1929.


Producers Committee Meeting. Minutes. June 25,1919

"Report of the Secretary of Agriculture," November 15, 1923.

Speeches by Henry C. Wallace

1910 -- 1922.


"Tour of the President to Alaska," 1923. Official itinerary.

U.S. Grain Growers, Inc., 1920 -- 1921.

Wallaces' Farmer. By-laws, editorials, advertisements, subscriptions, etc., 1913 -- 1920 and undated.

Young Men's Christian Associations. Home Division of the International Committee, 1921.

 Box 5



1923 -- 1924.

2001 Addendum

Box 5 continued

Mandeville, Paul. "Henry C. Wallace -- Epitomaster of Agriculture." The Egg Reporter, Vol.XXX:No.14 (November 6, 1924), p. 18 -- 24.

Press release. U. S. Department of Agriculture. Monday, May 16, 1921. In regard to the creation of an Alaskan Development Board.

Statement. October 26, 1918. "Stabilization of Hog Prices." Transmitted by the Food Administration at the request of a conference held October 23 - 25, [1918?] "between the live stock subcommittee of the Agricultural Advisory Board, including special members of the swine industry and of the Food Administration."

2009 Addendum

The Wallace family covenant. Original draft by H. C. Wallace, February 24, 1916, shortly after the death of Henry Wallace, his father, and written in the presence of the mortal remains of Henry Wallace

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