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State Historical Society of Iowa

CPC Catalog > Organization: State Historical Society of Iowa

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State Historical Building – 3rd Floor East
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Description:

The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, it maintains a museum, research centers,preservation office, and eight historic sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.

Categories: James A. Garfield,

Collections:
Charles V. McClure Letters, 1881
N.E. Kendall Papers, 1907-1941
George F. Parker Papers, 1878-1924

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Charles V. McClure Letters, 1881

The collection contains two letters from Charles V. McClure (1845-1928) to Iowa state Senator William B. Allison about a badge worn by James A. Garfield at the 1880 Republican National Convention. Garfield was an Ohio delegate to the convention, where he was nominated for President. There is also a written description of the badge. Charles McClure was a businessman in Greene, in northern Butler County, Iowa. He worked as a real estate agent and in 1881, at the Shell Rock Valley Bank in Greene. Materials entirely in English.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/620863984

Size
1 folder

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

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N.E. Kendall Papers, 1907-1941

Kendall, Nathan Edward, 1868-1936. Iowa representative to the U.S. Congress. He was sworn in as governor in 1921 and served until 1925 when he retired due to failing health. 23rd governor of Iowa (1921-1925). Kendall was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1887 and established a legal practice in Albia, Iowa where he served as city attorney (1892) and prosecuting county attorney (1893-1897). Kendall was elected to his first of 5 terms in the Iowa House of Representatives in 1899, serving as speaker of the House in his fifth term. From 1909 through 1913 he served as an Iowa representative to the U.S. Congress. He was sworn in as governor in 1921 and served until 1925 when he retired due to failing health.

Six letters and copies of 3 speeches delivered by Kendall. The speeches include Kendall's address to the Republican National Convention in Chicago (1916) nominating Albert Cummins for president; a speech given at commencement exercises in Tracy, Iowa (May 18, 1917); and a speech before the 15th Annual Reunion of the Veterans' Association of Cass and Montgomery Counties (August 28, 1907). The correspondence includes a letter from Mrs. Belle Kendall to Kenneth Colton of the State Historical Society of Iowa (August 10, 1941); a letter from Colton to Mrs. Kendall (August 25, 1941); a letter from Emory English to Nathan Kendall (June 20, 1916); a letter from Kendall to English (June 22, 1916); and two letters from President Calvin Coolidge to Governor Kendall (1923).

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/457276274

Size
9 items

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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George F. Parker Papers, 1878-1924

Parker, George F. (George Frederick), 1847-1928. George F. Parker was born in Indiana. He moved to Iowa with his family where he attended school and graduated from the State University of Iowa. After graduation he returned to the family farm before becoming the editor and proprietor of a Warren County, Iowa Democratic weekly paper. This was the first of numerous editor positions with newspapers in Iowa, Indiana, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New York City. Many of the papers he served had connections with the Democratic National Committee and promoted the political career of Grover Cleveland. He contributed to various monthly magazines and delivered speeches for academic institutions and scholarly societies, writing and speaking on economic and political questions. During Cleveland's presidency Parker was appointed U.S. consul to Birmingham, England. He was the author The Life of Grover Cleveland (Cassell Publishing Co., 1892) and Iowa Pioneer Foundations (State Historical Society of Iowa, 1940), among other historical and biographical works.

The collection contains many of Parker's speeches and published magazine articles as well as manuscripts of various publications and holograph notes on the lives of prominent American statesmen, American pioneer life, United States history and society, and relations between the United States and England.
 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/57600172

Size
5 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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