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Guide to the Merritt C. Speidel Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1914-1960
Creator: Speidel, Merritt C. (1879-1960)
Extent: 3.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: MSC0104
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Newspaper publisher and founder of the Speidel Newspaper Syndicate. The papers consist of correspondence of both a personal and business nature.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These papers were a gift of the Speidel family in 1961.

Preferred Citation: Merritt C. Speidel Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman
Email: lib-spec@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc

Merritt C. Speidel was born in Port Jervis, New York, on May 19, 1879, the son of Martin and Hanna Speidel. He was educated in the public and private schools of New York State.
 
His newspaper career began at the age of thirteen with the local newspaper. During high school he published the Union School Journal. While in his teens, he joined the Tri-States Publishing Company, publishers of the Port Jervis Daily Union, the Tri-States and the New York Farmer. He became editor of the Daily Union while still in his teens. In 1910 Mr. Speidel purchased the Piqua (Ohio) Daily Call. In 1921 he moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and purchased the Iowa City Press Citizen. Mr. Speidel moved to Palo Alto in 1937, and he was active in that community. He served on the Press and Union League Club's general reception during the 1951 Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco. He also served on the National Commission for Reorganization of the federal government under President Hoover. Mr. Speidel died March 2, 1960.
 
Throughout his professional life, Merritt C. Speidel was active in public service and had been appointed to public office by Democratic and Republican officials. In Ohio, he was offered the nomination for lieutenant governor, but turned it down.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
Series 2: NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

  • Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
  • Box 1:
  • Correspondence: A-B
  • Abbaticchio, R.J., Jr., to MCS, December 20 - 1951
  • Ackerman, Care W. to MCS April 5 - 1946
  • Adler, E.P. to MSC, November 14 - 1935
  • Adler, E.P. from MCS [nd] Attachment: Adler, E.P. to MSC, October 3 and March 31 - 1947, 1956
  • Allread, James I. to MCS February 18 - 1921
  • Babcock, G.M. to MCS, January 8 - 1904
  • Baillie, Hugh to MCS January 26 - 1943
  • Baillie, Hugh from MCS April 27 - 1945
  • Baker, C.M. to MCS, August 10 and August 17. Attachment: C.M. Baker from MCS, August 14 - 1942
  • Bartholomew, Frank H. to MCS, March 11. Attachment: Frank H. Bartholomew to MCS, March, 12 - 1946
  • Bartholomew., Frank H. to MCS, July 24. Attachment: Frank H. Bartholomew from MCS, August 2 - 1946
  • Bartow, Edward to MCS, January 21 - 1950
  • Becker, Neal Dow to MCS, April 26 and June 2 - 1949, 1941
  • Bickel, Karl A. to MCS June 29 - 1914
  • Boettiger, John to MCS, April 25 - 1950
  • Bricker, John W. to MCS, April 29. Attachment: John W. Bricker from MCS, May 10 - 1946
  • Bricker, John W. to MCS, December 9 - 1946
  • Brown, D. K. to MCS, February 17 - 1953
  • Brown, Edmund G. to MCS, July 14. Attachment: Geraldine L. Dibb to Edmund G. Brown, July 19 - 1949
  • Brown, Edmund G. to MCS June 21 - 1950
  • Brown Edmund G. to MCS, July 7. Attachment: Geraldine L. Dibb to Edmund G. Brown, July 9; Edmund G. Brown to Geraldine L. Dibb, July 21 - 1953
  • Brown, Edmund G. to MCS, January 16 and April 2 - 1956
  • Brown, James W. to MCS, December 7. Attachment: James W. Brown from MCS, December 11 - 1942
  • Brown, James W. to MCS, January 13 and November 27 - 1943, 1944
  • Burke, Webb to Robert G. Alderman, April 21 - 1959
  • Burton, Harold H. to J.K. Hunter, June 20 - 1941
  • Correspondence: C-G
  • Carmichael, Cecil to MCS, June 16 - 1941
  • Carville, E. P. to MCS, August 29. Attachment: E.P. Carville from MCS, August 17 - 1945
  • Cavagnaron, Bob to MCS, June 9 - 1941
  • Chess, T. Louis to MCS, November 21 - 1947
  • Clark, Mark W. to MCS, June 11 and June 29 - 1951, 1959
  • Coblentz, E.D. to MCS January 26. Attachment: Garrett J. Welch to MCS, January 29; E.D. Coblentz from MCS, February 5; E.D. Coblentz to MCS, February 12; Garrett J. Welch to MCS, February 15; E.D. Coblentz from MCS, February 19; Thomas H. Werdel from MCS, February 14; Thomas H. Werdel to MCS, February 23; E.D. Coblentz from MCS, April 23; Walter Kane to Robert M. Speidel, April 18; Robert M. Speidel to Walter Kane, April 17 - 1951
  • Condliffe, J.B. to MCS, November 12. Attachment: J.B. Condliffe from MCS, November 17 - 1948
  • Conner, G.F. to MCS, October 5 - 1942
  • Cowles, Mike to MCS, March 9. Attachment: Gardner Cowles, Jr. from MCS, March 1 - 1946
  • Craemer, Justus F. to MCS, December 18 - 1944
  • Crary, Charles J. from MCS, October 17 - 1945
  • Cuaf(?), Kent to MCS, May 15; June 16 and March 22 - 1925, 1941, 1946
  • Davies, Lawrence D. to MCS, September 18 - 1947
  • Davis, Harry L. to MCS, February 25 - 1921
  • Davis, Joseph P. to Mr. and Mrs. MCS, June 11. Attachment: Joseph P. Davis from MCS, June 15 - 1948
  • Dean, Graham M. to MCS, February 1 - 1946
  • Ditz, George A. to MCS, May 29 - 1941
  • Dodds, R.S. to MCS, August 22 - 1916
  • Earnist, L.C. to MCS, February 26 - 1921
  • Ehrlich, J.W. to MCS, October 23 and January 29 - 1956, 1960
  • Ellis, Sylvester E. to MCS, November 22. Attachment: Rollin B. Beck to Sylvester E. Ellis, September 22 - 1921
  • Engle, Clair to MCS, June 18 - 1959
  • Eurich, Alvin C. to MCS, September 6 - 1949
  • Farley, James A. to MCS, September 10, June 7 and February 19 - 1951, 1958
  • Feick, William to MCS, May 27 - 1941
  • Feick, William to MCS, August 11. Attachment: William Feick to MCS, August 13 - 1949
  • Feick, William to MCS, April 29 - 1953
  • Ferger, Roger H. to MCS, March 25 - 1949
  • Fish, Hamilton to MCS, May 28 - 1941
  • Fitzgerald, R.H. to MCS, August 23 - 1954
  • Forrester, Donal F. to MCS, (n.d). Attachment: Father Donal F. Forrester from MCS, February 10 - 1953
  • Foster, D.H. to MCS, June 13 - 1914
  • Foster, H.G. to MCS, November 6 and October 24 - 1956, 1957
  • Fowler, W.H.B. to MCS, December 27. Attachment: W.H.B. Fowler from MCS, December 30 - 1948
  • Fowler, W.H.B. to MCS, January 3. Attachment: W.H.B. Fowler from MCS, January 9 - 1949
  • Fox, Frederic to Robert G. Alderman, April 27 - 1959
  • Galbreath, C.B. to MCS, March 7 - 1921
  • Gilbersten, George E. to MCS, April 13 - 1951
  • Green, Eddie to MCS, April 2. Attachment: Edwin B. Green from MCS, April 6 - 1946
  • Gros, Robert R. to MCS, June 11 - 1951
  • Gubser, Charles S. to MCS, February 28 - 1955
  • Correspondence: H-K
  • Halley, W.E. to MCS, February 18 - 1921
  • Hancher, Virgil M. to MCS, November 22 - 1954
  • Hard, Charles E. to MCS, November 12 - 1920
  • Harding, Warren G. to C.W. Park, June 6 - 1921
  • Hassett, William D. to MCS, December 16. Attachment: William D. Hassett to MCS, January 20 - 1942, 1943
  • Hoe, Robert to MCS, January 14 - 1943
  • Hoe, Robert to MCS, December 18. Attachment: Robert Hoe from MCS, January 7 - 1945, 1946
  • Hoe, Robert to MCS, July 30. Attachment: Robert Hoe from MCS, August 9; Robert Hoe to MCS, August 13; Robert Hoe from MCS, August 21; Robert Hoe to MCS, September 3 - 1948
  • Hook, Henry B. to MCS, August 9. Attachment: Henry B. Hook from MCS, August 30; Henry B . Hook from MCS, September 28 - 1954
  • Hoover, Herbert from MCS, August 9. Attachment: Herbert Hoover from MCS, August 17 - 1948
  • Hoover, Herbert to MCS, August 29. Attachment Herbert Hoover from MCS, August 10 - 1949
  • Hoover, Herbert to MCS, June 3. Attachment: Herbert Hoover from MCS, June 21 - 1943
  • Hoover, Herbert to MCS, August 24 - 1956
  • Hoover, Herbert to MCS, August 10 - 1956
  • Hoover, Herbert to MCS, May 16 and May 14 - 1949
  • Hoover, J. Edgar to MCS, June 1 and January 25 - 1956, 1957
  • Hoover, J. Edgar to to Robert G. Alderman, April 14 - 1959
  • Hoover, J. Edgar to MCS, July 9, July 23 and September 4 - 1959, 1958
  • Hopkins, F.M. to MCS, February 8 - 1921
  • Hughes, Andrew C. to MCS, April 25 - 1946
  • Hunt, Lester C. to MCS, May 14 - 1951
  • Huston, John to MCS, February 15 - 1937
  • Huston, John to MCS, August 26. Attachment: John Huston from MCS, August 23 - 1948
  • Hynes, William A. to MCS, April 6 - 1956
  • Jessup, Walter A. to MCS, June 19 - 1941
  • Jones, C.G. to MCS, April 7 - 1928
  • Kilgore, Eugene S. to MCS, February 4 - 1960
  • Knight, Goodwin to MCS, December 12 - 1949
  • Knight, Goodwin to MCS, April 7. Attachment: Goodwin Knight from the secretary to MCS, April 10; Goodwin Knight from MCS, October 2 - 1953
  • Knight, Goodwin to MCS October 8 and August 31 - 1953, 1954
  • Knorpp, Wes W. to MCS May 27 - 1941
  • Knowland, J.R. to MCS, April 19 - 1956
  • Knowland, William F. to MCS, July 28 - 1952
  • Kraschel, Nelson G. from MCS, July 17. Attachment: Robert E. O'Brian from MCS, July 17; Robert Burlingame to G.L.Dibb, July 12; Nelson G. Kraschel from MCS, July 17; Nelson G. Kraschel to MCS, July 20; Robert E. O'Brian from MCS, July 17 - 1937
  • Kuchel, Thomas H. to MCS, December 13. Attachment: Thomas H. Kuchel from MCS, December 24 - 1952
  • Kuchel, Thomas H. to MCS, November 13. Attachment: Thomas H. Kuchel from MCS, November 16 - 1955
  • Kuchel, Thomas H. to MCS, December 8 - 1955
  • Correspondence: L-P
  • Lampe, M. Willard to MCS, January 19. Attachment: M. Willard Lampe to MCS, February 11; M. Willard Lampe to MCS, October 16; M. Willard Lampe to MCS, October 13; M. Willard Lampe to MCS, October 9; M. Willard Lampe from MCS, December 22; M. Willard Lampe to MCS, December 27 - 1935, 1943, 1944, 1945
  • Lampe, M. Willard to MCS, January 2 - 1951
  • Laushce, Frank J. to MCS, February 27; October 23; February 19 and May 7 - 1950, 1953, 1956
  • Leake, Paul R. to MCS, April 27 - 1944
  • Leake, Paul R. to MCS, April 24. Attachment: Paul R. Leake from MCS, May 7; Paul R. Leake to MCS, May 8 - 1946
  • Letts, F. Dickinson to MCS, December 23 and October 10 - 1954, 1956
  • Letts, F. Dickinson from MCS, November 8 - 1956
  • Levin, Gerald S. to MCS, February 15 - 1960
  • London, Dan E. to MCS, January 15 - 1953
  • Loomis, Lee P. to MCS, April 11 - 1956
  • Lurie, Louis R. to MCS, April 18 and January 29 - 1951, 1960
  • McDonough, J.J. to MCS, November 14 - 1947
  • McIntyre, O.O. to MCS, September 2, (no year). Attachment: O.O. McIntyre to MCS, February 20; O.O. McIntyre to MCS, February 26
  • Martin, Thos. E. to MCS, June 28 and November 16 - 1941, 1954
  • Mathews, WIlliam R. to Geraldine L. Dibb, March 7 - 1957
  • Meckstroth, J.A. to MCS, March 2 - 1951
  • Newman, J.H. to MCS, December 1 - 1921
  • Nicht, Frank J. to MCS, February 28 - 1949
  • Odell, Wallace to MCS, June 11 - 1943
  • Odell, Wallace from MCS, June 21 - 1943
  • Opstad, Iver A. to MCS, August 26. Attachment: William J. Peterson from MCS, March 13; William Peterson to MCS, February 20 - 1952, 1956
  • Phillips, Chester A. to MCS, December 8. Attachment: Chester A. Phillips from Geraldine L. Dibb, April 15 - 1956, 1957
  • Pittman, Vail to MCS, August 23. Attachment: Vail Pittman from MCS, August 17 - 1945
  • Poletti, Charles to MCS, July 2 - 1941
  • Correspondence: R-Z
  • Rauford, L. Chas to MCS, October 22 - 1926
  • Robinson, Elmer E. to MCS, January 22 - 1957
  • Rogers, Walter to MCS, May 21 - 1921
  • Roosevelt, Edith Kermit to MCS, February 12 - 1952
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. to MCS, September 8. Attachment: Franklin D. Roosevelt from MCS, July 19 - 1944
  • Ross, Nellie Tayloe to MCS, April 1 - 1948
  • Rutledge Wiley B. from MCS, January 13. Attachment: Wiley B. Rutledge from MCS, January 13 - 1943
  • Sands, Alexander to MCS, February 20 - 1920
  • Savage, George W. to MCS, March 16 - 1948
  • Sawyer, Charles to MCS, September 22. Attachment: F.D.R. to Charles Sawyer, September 18 - 1939
  • Sawyer, Charles to MCS, October 12 and April 8 - 1949, 1955
  • Scott, H.E. to MCS, August 26. Attachment: H.E. Scott to MCS, August 31; F.M. Shay to MCS, May 23; John W. Shenk to MCS, December 18; John W. Shenk from MCS, December 24; John W. Shenk to MCS, December 20; J.E. Wallace Sterling to MCS, October 14; J.E. Wallace Sterling to MCS, August 4; Roger B. Stevens to MCS, June 8; Roger B. Stevens from MCS, June 21 - 1921, 1956, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1955, 1943
  • Starzel, Frank J. to MCS, March 30 - 1956
  • Stone, Robert J. to MCS, May 7. Attachment: Robert J. Stone from MCS, May 14 - 1953
  • Stoughton, Geo. L. to MCS, August 23 - 1916
  • Tipton, Forest F. to MCS, June 25 and January 31 - 1914, 1916
  • Voigt, Edwin Edgar to MCS, November 8. Attachment: Edwin Edgar Voight from MCS, December 11 - 1943
  • Voigt, Edwin Edgar to MCS, August 5 - 1952
  • Walker, Frank F. to MCS, December 31. Attachment: Frank F. Walker from MCS, January 5 - 1945, 1946
  • Ward, Stuart R. to MCS, January 28 - 1960
  • Warren, Earl to MCS, December 28 - 1950
  • Warren, Earl from MCS, October 2 - 1953
  • Wedemeyer, Albert C. to MCS, May 19. Attachment: Albert C. Wedemeyer from MCS, May 24 - 1950
  • Wedemeyer, Albert C. to MCS, June 29 - 1959
  • Weller, C.H. to MCS, September 26 - 1924
  • Whelan, William M. to MCS, September 7 and June 11 - 1954, 1956
  • Whelan, William M. to MCS, January 2. Attachment: William M. Whelan from Geraldine L. Dibb, April 4; W.M.W. to MCS, January 21 - 1957
  • Wilbur, R.L. to MCS, June 10 and June 25 - 1941
  • Willis, Frank B. to MCS, June 6 and July 1 - 1914
  • Willis, Frank B. to MCS, March 22. Attachment: Frank B. Willis to MCS, March 9; Frank B. Willis to MSC, April 6; Frank B. Willis to MCS, March 1; Frank B. Willis to MCS, February 22; Frank B. Willis to MCS, December 18; Frank B. Willis to MCS, November 6; Forest F. Tepton to MCS, January 26 - 1915, 1914
  • Willis, Frank B. to MCS, May 1. Attachment: Geo. J. Hubbard to Frank B. Willis, April 29; Geo. J. Hubbard to MCS, April 29 - 1915
  • Willlis, Frank B. to MCS, June 4; June 30; August 28; October 29; and February 22 - 1915, 1916, 1918, 1922
  • Woods, Andrew H. to MCS, January 3. Attachment: Andrew H. Woods from MCS, January 10; Andrew H. Woods, Old Age - 1951
  • Woods, Andrew H. to MCS, February 12. Attachment: Andrew H. Woods to MCS, February 12; Andrew H. Woods from MCS, March 3; Andrew H. Woods MCS, March 12; Andrew H. Woods to MCS, March 12; Andrew H. Woods from MCS, March 18 - 1954
  • Series 2: NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
  • Box 1:
  • Clippings
  • Palo Alto Times, November 26, resignation article - 1956
  • S.N.I. Home News, December, resignation article - 1956
  • Scoop, December 10, resignation article. Attachment: reprint from the California Publisher, January - 1956, 1957