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Guide to the David T. Nelson Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1948-1958
Creator: Nelson, David T. (1891-1969)
Extent: .50 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0176
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: English professor and Republican Party official in Iowa. Correspondence and subject files relating to Republican party politics in Winneshiek County, Iowa.

Access: This collection is open for research.

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

Acquisition: David T. Nelson gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1967.

Preferred Citation: David T. Nelson 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

David Theodore Nelson was born in Hillsboro, North Dakota, on September 10, 1891. In 1912 he received his BA from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He went on to earn an AB from Oxford University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a Litt.D. from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. A professor of English at Luther College, Nelson remained there from 1921 to 1963. He served as Luther's acting president from 1962 to 1963. He was an active member of a number of Norwegian-American organizations and was chairman of the Winneshiek County, Iowa, Republican Central Committee. Nelson died in 1969.

The papers of David T. Nelson relate exclusively to his position as chair of the Republican Central Committee in Winneshiek County, Iowa. Subject folders include campaign finances, lists of convention delegates, and political leaflets associated with the Republican Party in Iowa. There is also material concerning William Murray's campaign for governor and Winneshiek County's 1952 presidential convention. Correspondence files include letters from William S. Beardsley, Gerald R. Bogan, Thomas E. Martin, and Henry O. Talle. Both the Library of Congress and the Luther College Library have holdings relating to David Theodore Nelson. The majority of Nelson's papers are available at the Luther College Library.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: POLITICS

  • Series 1: POLITICS
  • Box 1:
  • General correspondence - 1948-1951
  • General correspondence - 1952-1953
  • General correspondence - 1953-1954
  • Correspondence concerning Frank Barth - 1953-1954
    Barth was candidatae for Controller of Currency in Iowa
  • William Murray for Governor campaign - 1958
  • Rural Mail Carrier Applications - 1953
  • Winneshiek County Presidential Convention - 1952
  • Political literature: Financial barometers, Convention delegations - 1948-1954
  • Political literature: Finance drives, delegates, conventions - 1948-1949
  • Political literature, leaflets, campaigns - 1950-1952
  • Campaign financial information - 1954-1958
  • Newspaper clippings

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Personal Names:
Murray, William Gordon, 1903-

Corporate Names:
Republican Party (Iowa)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Political campaigns

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa
United States -- Iowa -- Winneshiek County