MsC 180

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1860 -- 1924
6.25 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
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Posted to Internet: March 1998

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Biographical Note.

Scope and Contents.

Box 1 Alexander, Dr. A.S. "The Inquiring Mind and the Seeing Eye" -- Correspondence, 1913.

Box 2 Correspondence, 1914 -- Letters to Farm Folk

Box 3 Newspaper Clippings -- Speeches, 1913.

Box 4 Speeches, undated -- Wallaces' Farmer.

Oversized Folder Wallaces' Farmer.

Weekly Sabbath School Lesson


Henry Wallace was born in 1836 on a farm in Pennsylvania. A Presbyterian minister, Wallace’s first church was in Monroe County, Iowa, in 1862. The following year he married Nancy Cantwell, and they moved to Rock Island, Illinois, where he had congregations on both sides of the Mississippi River. His next two pastorates were in Morning Sun and Winterset, Iowa. Having contracted tuberculosis, Wallace (or Uncle Henry, as he was commonly known) retired from the ministry and began farming full-time in Winterset. He began to write about farm subjects, including livestock breeding, soil conservation, and crop rotation. As his health improved, he began making speeches about farm issues. He was invited to become a columnist and farm-editor for the Winterset Madisonian and later for the Chronicle. In 1883, he began writing for the Iowa Homestead, a Des Moines paper. He quit in 1895, after having some of his editorials censored. In 1896, he founded Wallace’s Farm and Dairy with his two sons, Henry C. and John. The publication changed its name to Wallaces’ Farmer in 1899. Working with his sons and grandson, Uncle Henry remained editor until his death in 1916.

Despite the success of Wallaces' Farmer, Henry Wallace is probably best known as the father of Henry Cantwell Wallace (Secretary of Agriculture under President Warren G. Harding) and as the grandfather of Vice-President Henry A. Wallace (who also served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Franklin D. Roosevelt).


The papers of Henry Wallace consist of 2.5 linear feet of manuscripts dating from 1860 to 1924. They are arranged alphabetically subject file. Included are speeches, sermons, diaries, photographs, published and unpublished writings, genealogies, obituaries, and newspaper clippings. There are correspondence files which include letters from: James Wilson, Daniel A. Wallace, Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt, Walter H.Page, Charles W. Fairbanks, Albert B. Cummins, John P. Wallace, Nannie C. Wallace, and Henry C. Wallace.

 Box 1

Alexander, Dr. A.S. "The Inquiring Mind and the Seeing Eye" Better Crops with Plant Food, vol. 18, no. 1 (April - May 1932) pp. 14 - 16, 59 - 61. Article about Henry Wallace

Ashby, Harriet Wallace

"Nannie Cantwell Wallace" Typescript of a biography

"Uncle Henry Wallace" Typescript of a biography

Ashby, Wallace Little. Newspaper clipping on wedding

Biography of the Wallace family done in pictures by Nannie Cantwell Wallace, 1894

Christensen, Chris L. "Twenty-Five Years After. The Roosevelt Country Life Commission" 1934

Class of 1859 -- Jefferson College by Henry Wallace


1860 -- 1899. Including letters from James Wilson

1900 -- 1907. Including letters from James Wilson

1908 -- 1910. Including letters from: Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, Albert B. Cummins, James Wilson, Walter H. Page, and Daniel A. Wallace

1911 -- 1912. Including letters from: Theodore Roosevelt, Charles W. Fairbanks, Walter H. Page, and Daniel A. Wallace

1913. Including letters from Gifford Pinchot and Daniel A. Wallace

 Box 2

Correspondence (cont.)

1914 -- 1915. Including letters from: James Wilson, Daniel A. Wallace, John P. Wallace, and Henry C. Wallace

1916 -- 1936. Including letters from Daniel A. Wallace


Death announcements of Henry Wallace, 1916


Henry Wallace
1854 -- 1858. Student diary



Nancy Wallace


Josephine Wallace


Nannie C. Wallace


Farmer's University Needed. Brochure, reprinted from Wallace's Farmer.


"Good Farming, Clear Thinking, Right Living" by Henry Wallace, 1916

The Henry Wallace Calendar, 1917

Letters to Farm Folk. Publicity

 Box 3

Newspaper clippings

By or about Henry Wallace, 1910 -- 1916

Concerning the deaths of Henry Wallace and Henry C. Wallace, 1916 and 1924

Photographs. (6 folders)

Phrenology report on Henry Wallace by Prof. O.S. Fowler


By Henry Wallace

By Nannie C. Wallace

Sermons written by Henry Wallace, 1868. Incomplete.


1863 -- 1912


 Box 4

Speeches (cont.)

Undated. (2 folders)

Student essays by Henry Wallace, 1858 -- 1859

Uncle Henry's Own Story by Henry Wallace

Typescript carbon draft with corrections and revisions, pp.1 -- 153

Typescript carbon draft with corrections and revisions, pp. 171 -- 360

Typescript carbon draft with corrections and revisions, pp. 361 -- 511

Wallace, Josephine. Clippings, etc.

Wallace, Nannie Cantwell. Funeral service, 1909

Wallaces' Farmer. Bills, 1903 -- 1905

 Oversized Folder

Wallaces' Farmer:

Vol. 41, nos. 9, 10, and 11, 1916

Vol. 42, no. 8, 1917

Our Weekly Sabbath School Lesson

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