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Guide to the Daniel A. Wallace Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1905-1954
Creator: Wallace, Daniel A. (1878-1954)
Extent: 4.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0178
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Agricultural journalist. Business correspondence, speeches, and subject files relating to agriculture and the Wallace family.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs: Box 4

Access: This collection is open for research.

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

Acquisition: These papers were given to the University of Iowa in 1959 by Henry A. Wallace.

Preferred Citation: Daniel A. Wallace 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

Daniel A. Wallace was one of the leading champions for the farmer in the Midwest. He was born at Winterset, Iowa, in 1878, the youngest son of Henry Wallace (Uncle Henry), who was editor of Wallaces' Farmer and one of the greatest agricultural editors this country has ever seen. Daniel Wallace was educated in Iowa, and in 1901 graduated Iowa State University with a B.S. in agriculture. He had his early training in the newspaper and publishing business with his father and brothers at Des Moines and in 1903 went to Minnesota and took a position with the Webb Publishing Company of Saint Paul. Daniel Wallace remained at Webb Publishing Company for the rest of his business career, becoming editor of The Farmer in 1905 and directing editor of both The Farmer and The Farmer's Wife in 1919.

Throughout his life, Daniel A. Wallace strongly supported the Farmers Cooperative and ardently worked for revision of state and national legislation to benefit the farmer. He died in 1954.

The papers of Daniel A. Wallace are composed of business correspondence, speeches, press releases, photographs, clippings, books, pamphlets, published and unpublished writings, manuscripts of a proposed book on the Wallace family, and a text for high school students.

Much of the business correspondence in this inventory concerns Mr. Wallace's interest in the various cooperative developments in the United States as well as his relationship with the United States Department of Agriculture for which his brother Henry C. Wallace served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Harding and his nephew Henry A. Wallace served in the same position under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Over half of the entries are speeches, press releases, and reports of various agricultural organizations of which Daniel A. Wallace was a member. The remaining papers consist of published and unpublished works of Mr. Wallace.

The business correspondence is arranged chronologically in the first twelve folders (1905-1954) and by topic in the remaining sixty-nine folders. There are 1,421 entries in nine boxes. A detailed index is available in the repository.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL
Series 2: 2008 ADDENDUM

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Business correspondence - 1905-1932
  • Box 2:
  • Business correspondence - 1905-1934
  • Papers on the American Farm Foundation (3 folders)
  • Box 3:
  • From Trust Buster to Brain Buster, sixteen chapters of the book
  • Box 4:
  • Clippings
  • Photographs
  • Press releases
  • Press releases of speeches (2 folders)
  • Speeches
  • Box 5:
  • Speeches (3 folders)
  • Minutes of various meetings
  • Reports and bulletins of various farm organizations
  • Radio speeches
  • Proposed book agenda on the Wallace family (9 folders)
  • Box 6:
  • Cooperative Marketing for Public Schools, outline for text (6 folders)
  • Articles (5 folders)
  • Box 7:
  • Articles (3 folders)
  • Miscellaneous (4 folders)
  • Box 8:
  • Books, pamphlets, and serials (3 folders)
  • Box 9:
  • Serials and quotes from The Farmer (5 folders)
  • Series 2: 2008 ADDENDUM
  • Box 9:
  • Letters between Daniel Wallace and Wallace Ashby
    Gift of W. Clark Ashby
  • Miscellaneous
  • Reprint of Christmas letter - 1952
  • Memories of Dan Wallace by W. Clark Ashby
  • Dan Wallace's obituary