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Guide to the John N. Calhoun Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1923-1954
Creator: Calhoun, John N. (1903-1972)
Extent: 8.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0274
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Lawyer in Burlington, Iowa and Iowa state senator. Correspondence and subject files relating to his legal and political careers and his military service in World War II.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials.

Acquisition: These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mrs. John N. Calhoun in 1972.

Preferred Citation: John N. Calhoun 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

John Nelson Calhoun was born in Birmingham, Iowa, on December 2, 1903. He received his B. A. in English from Parsons College of Fairfield, Iowa, in 1926. Three years later he completed his law degree at the University of Iowa and was admitted to the bar. That same year, he established a law practice in Keosauqua, Iowa.

An active Republican, Calhoun served as a senator in the Iowa state legislature from 1933 to 1937. In 1936, he mounted an unsuccessful campaign for Congress. Upon leaving the legislature, Calhoun moved to Burlington where he began a new law firm while continuing his affiliation in Keosauqua.

John Calhoun was a member of the National Guard. During World War II, he was released for active service in the army. Stationed in the Middle East as part of the Judge Advocate General's Office for most of the war, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel when discharged in 1946.

Following his tour of duty, Calhoun returned to Burlington and his legal practice. In 1948, he again mounted a campaign for the Senate; however, he failed to secure his party's nomination. Active in both professional and civic affairs, Calhoun belonged to the Rotary, American Legion, and various other service organizations. John N. Calhoun died in 1972.

The papers of John N. Calhoun are comprised of fifteen boxes of manuscripts measuring eight linear feet and dating from 1923 to 1954. The collection is divided into five series: 1) General subject files; 2) Campaign for U.S. Congress, 1936; 3) Legal materials; 4) World War II service; and 5) Post World War II political career. The first series deals with his education, early professional life, and legislative career. The subject files primarily relate to legislative issues such as road legislation, oleo margarine tax, or tuberculin testing. Extensive correspondence files include letters from William S. Beardsley, Don L. Berry, Robert D. Blue, Lester J. Dickinson, Edward C. Etcher, Fred C. Gilchrist, Clyde L. Herring, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Nelson G. Kraschel, J. C. Lewis, Hugh W. Lundy, Paul H. McCoid, Thomas E. Martin, Richard L. Murphy, Addison M. Parker, Wiley Rutledge, Harrison E. Spangler, Lloyd Thurston, Dan W. Turner, George A. Wilson.

The next grouping relates to his campaign for a US Senate seat in 1936. His nomination papers, campaign expenses, schedules, advertising, and party correspondence are some of the files in this section. Court cases and legal briefs make up the legal materials division. His World War II service is documented with photos, family correspondence, and military records. The final series titled Post World War II political career consists of material from his 1948 campaign for the US Senate and other political campaigns in which he was involved.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
Series 2: GENERAL
Series 3: CAMPAIGN FOR U. S. CONGRESS
Series 4: LEGAL MATERIALS
Series 5: WORLD WAR II SERVICE
Series 6: POST-WORLD WAR II POLITICAL CAREER

  • Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
  • Box 1:
  • Parsons College correspondence, bulletins, and report of examinations - 1923-1932
  • Correspondence between John N. Calhoun and his mother - 1927-1936
  • Correspondence between John N. Calhoun and his brother, Claude
  • State Senate campaign correspondence - 1932
  • Correspondence - 1930-1932
    Including letters from W. F. Kopp, Hugh W. Lundy, Dan W. Turner, and Hartzell Spence
  • Correspondence (December) - 1932
    Including letters from Lester Jesse Dickinson, Nelson G. Kraschel, Hugh W. Lundy, and William S. Beardsley
  • Correspondence (January) - 1933
  • Correspondence (February) - 1933
    Including letters from the Dexter Company and Edward Breen
  • Correspondence (March) - 1933
    Including a letter from Hugh W. Lundy
  • Box 2:
  • Correspondence (April-June) - 1933
    Including letters from Edward C. Eicher, William S. Beardsley, and Paul H. Appleby
  • Correspondence (July-October) - 1933
    Including letters from William S. Beardsley, Clyde L. Herring, Edward C. Eicher, Fred Biermann, and Claude Stanley
  • Correspondence (November) - 1933
  • Correspondence (December) - 1933
    Including letters from Hugh W. Lundy
  • Correspondence (January) - 1934
    Including letters from the Dexter Company
  • Box 3:
  • Correspondence (February) - 1934
    Including letters from Hugh W. Lundy
  • Correspondence (March) - 1934
    Including letters from Edward C. Eicher, Louis Murphy, Dan W. Turner, and Addison M. Parker
  • Correspondence (April-May) - 1934
    Including letters from Edward C. Eicher, Wm. S. Beardsley, and Clyde L. Herring
  • Correspondence (June-December) - 1934
    Including letters from Wm. S. Beardsley, L. J. Dickinson, Addison M. Parker, and Nelson G. Kraschel
  • Correspondence (January) - 1935
    Including a letter from Hugh W. Lundy
  • Correspondence (February) - 1935
  • Box 4:
  • Correspondence (March) - 1935
    Including letters from Nelson G. Kraschel, Floyd Thurston, Fred C. Gilchrist, J. C. Lewis, Carl Weeks, and Verne Marshall
  • Correspondence (April) - 1935
    Including letters from J. C. Lewis, C. L. Herring, and the Dexter Company
  • Correspondence (April-December) - 1935
    Including letters from L. J. Dickinson, J. C. Lewis, Wm. S. Beardsley, Edward C. Eicher, and Louis Murphy
  • Correspondence (January-July) - 1932-1936
    Including letters from George A. Wilson, CL Herring, and J. C. Lewis
  • Series 2: GENERAL
  • Box 5:
  • State Senate campaign - 1932
  • Banking -- Loan Corporations -- Mortgage moratorium -- Refinancing Bill - 1933
  • Drainage -- Fox River Drainage District No. One of Van Buren County, Iowa - 1933
  • Miscellaneous legislative materials - 1933
    2 folders
  • Miscellaneous legislative materials - 1933
    2 folders
  • Miscellaneous proposed legislation - 1933
  • Motor vehicles, railroad and truck legislation - 1933
  • Net and gross income tax and sales tax - 1933
  • Oleomargarine tax - 1933
  • Prohibition repeal - 1933
  • Proposed consolidation of counties and senatorial districts - 1933
  • Proposed legislation concerning offices and salaries of public officials, pensions - 1933
  • Records of letters received in the legislature - 1933-1934
  • Road legislation - 1933
  • Senate File, Ways and Means Committee, Operation of Amusement Devices - 1933
  • Tax exemptions - 1933
  • Tuberculin test - 1933
  • Box 6:
  • Public health
  • Taxes, especially the Gross Income Tax
  • Teachers minimum wage law, school legislation, and county tax budget commission.
  • Workmans compensation
  • Basic Science Bill - 1935
  • Chain store tax law [Harrington-Burington substitute law] - 1935
  • Legislature materials - 1935
    6 folders
  • Legislature materials - 1935
    6 folders
  • Legislature materials - 1935
    6 folders
  • Box 7:
  • Legislative materials - 1935
    6 folders
  • Legislative materials - 1935
    6 folders
  • Legislative materials - 1935
    6 folders
  • Newspaper clippings concerning legislature - 1935
  • Speeches, newspaper reports and printed material from - 1935
  • Miscellaneous legislative materials - 1932-1936
    two folders
  • Miscellaneous legislative materials - 1932-1936
    two folders
  • State Senate notebook, quotes, anecdotes - 1932-1936
  • Series 3: CAMPAIGN FOR U. S. CONGRESS
  • Box 8:
  • Correspondence, February-July - 1936
    Including letters from George A. Wilson, Claude Stanley, John R. Irwin and Fred C. Gilchrist
  • Correspondence, August - 1936
    Including letters from Fred C. Gilchrist and Harrison E. Spangler
  • Correspondence, September - 1936
    Including letters from Harrison E. Spangler
  • Correspondence, October-December - 1936
  • Personal correspondence - 1936
    Including letters from Thomas E. Martin, Robert D. Blue, and Wm. S. Beardsley
  • Box 9:
  • Address of John N. Calhoun to the Cedar County Republican Convention, June 27 - 1936
  • Advertisements and solicitations, political - 1936
  • Advertising ideas and literature, political
  • Billboards and advertising - 1936
  • Campaign expenses - 1936
  • Campaign letters to and from professional men
  • Campaign schedules and speeches - 1936
  • Candidate letters - 1936
    Including letters from George A. Wilson and L. J. Dickinson
  • Cedar County - 1936
  • Des Moines County - 1936
  • General newspaper file - 1936
  • Lee County - 1936
  • Box 10:
  • T. A. Michels - 1936
  • Miscellaneous campaign material [clippings, news releases, form letters] - 1936
  • Nomination papers and Party correspondence - 1936
    2 folders
  • Nomination papers and Party correspondence - 1936
    2 folders
  • Quotations from addresses, messages and statements about the New Deal by New
  • Dealers and Democrats
  • Quotations from addresses, messages and statements of Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Speeches - 1936
  • Washington County - 1936
  • Box 11:
  • Correspondence - 1937
    Including letters from N. G. Kraschel, G. A. Wilson, C. R. Stanley, CL Herring and L. Thurston
  • Correspondence - 1938
    Including letters from L. J. Dickinson, L. Thurston, T. E. Martin, Otha D. Wearin, Don L. Berry, H. W. Lundy, and Wm. S. Beardsley
  • Correspondence - 1939-1941
    Including letters from GA Wilson, Wiley Rutledge, T. E. Martin, and Harrison E. Spangler
  • County Attorney campaign - 1940
    Including letters from GA Wilson and T. E. Martin
  • Miscellaneous political materials - 1937-1940
  • Series 4: LEGAL MATERIALS
  • Box 12:
  • Abstract of title - 1911
  • Sales course notebook - 1927
  • Brief, C. M. Keck, trustee, Appellee vs. Orval McKinstry, et al. - 1928
  • Briefs, A. R. Gibson vs. Allen L. Miller - 1932-1933
  • Briefs, Dale Clark vs. Charline Ruhle Clark - 1934
  • George Ketsham, Claimant vs. Kate E. Cummins, Executrux of the Estate of Lewis
  • Cummins, deceased - 1938
  • N. V. Hootman vs. Agnes Beatty - 1939
  • H. A. Van Patten, Plaintiff vs. Western Mutual Fire Insurance Co. - 1941
  • Series 5: WORLD WAR II SERVICE
  • Box 13:
  • Iran, Persia Gulf Command, War Map of 1943; News Bulletin of March 6, 1945; two booklets, A Sketch of Iranian History, and Guide to Isfahan - 1943-1945
  • Military records - 1935-1941
  • Military records - 1942-1956
  • Miscellaneous military material, clippings
  • World War II correspondence (non-family) including letters from T. E. Martin, GA
  • Wilson, Paul H. McCoid, W. S. Beardsley, CL Herring, and Bourke B. Hickenlooper
  • Box 14:
  • World War II family correspondence
  • World War II photographs of stateside locations, identified military personnel and unidentified people and locations - 1941-1945
  • World War II photographs of military personnel (including Calhoun) and locations in Iran and Bahrein; Syria, Egypt and Jerusalem; Turkey and Iraq; Paris, France, n.d.; Transient Ration Card issued at Payne Field after the war - 1944-1946
  • Series 6: POST-WORLD WAR II POLITICAL CAREER
  • Box 15:
  • Campaign for the US Senate correspondence, including letters from W. S. Beardsley, T. E. Martin, and B. B. Hickenlooper - 1948
  • Campaign for U. S. Senate advertising, speeches - 1948
  • Political correspondence and other papers, including letters from Thomas E. Martin, and Wm. S. Beardsley - 1950-1952
  • Politics, including letters from Robert D. Blue, T. E. Martin, and Leo A. Hoegh - 1953-1956
  • State Senate campaign correspondence - 1954
  • State Senate campaign clippings - 1954
  • Obituaries

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.


Corporate Names:
Republican Party (Iowa)

Topics:
World War, 1939-1945

Occupations:
Lawyers
Legislators

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Burlington
United States -- Iowa

Genre/Form of Materials:
Personal narratives