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Guide to the Charles E. Strickland Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1937-1972
Creator: Strickland, Charles E. (1892-1973)
Extent: 756.00 items.
Collection Number: MSC0311
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Mason City, Iowa, businessman. Correspondence and subject files documenting his business, political and civic interests. Topics include the Iowa Terminal Railroad and People's Gas and Electric Company of Mason City.

Access: This collection is open for research.

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

Acquisition: Mr. Strickland's widow gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1974 and 1976.

Preferred Citation: Charles E. Strickland 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

Kansas native Charles Edwin Strickland (1892-1973) was a graduate of the University of Kansas, receiving his B.A. in 1914. That same year he began his banking career as a clerk in a Kansas bank. When he returned home after serving in the military during W.W.I, he accepted a position as vice-president of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Colby, Kansas. In 1924 he moved to Denver, where he was the vice-president of the Broadway National Bank. Two years later he went to work for an investment banking firm based in Cleveland and Chicago. In 1930, Strickland entered the utilities field as vice-president of the United Light and Power Company in Chicago.
Moving to Mason City, Iowa, in 1936, Mr. Strickland continued his banking and utilities career while adding new business ventures. Over a period of years he became president of the People's Gas and Electric Company, the Clear Lake Railroad, Mason City Brick and Tile Co., and Rolfe Products Co. He was also director of the Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association, the First National Bank of Mason City, and the Iowa Terminal Railroad
Strickland was active in both professional and civil organizations. At one time or another he served as president of the Iowa Utilities Association, the Missouri Valley Electricity Association, and the Iowa Manufacturers Association. He was a national councilor of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States as well as a director of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. At home in Mason City, Strickland belonged to the American Legion, the Rotary, the Shrine, and the Masons. Mr. Strickland also took an active interest in Republican politics in Iowa.

The papers of Charles E. Strickland document his business and political interests and are arranged in a rough chronological sequence. His many business ventures are represented with correspondence and subject folders ranging from People's Gas and Electric to the Iowa Terminal Railroad. Many folders relate to political leaders in Iowa such as H.R. Gross, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Thomas E. Martin, Norman Erbe, and James Schramm. Finally, there are biographical materials, speeches, and materials relating to the Lincoln Club.

Browse by Series:

  • Box 1:
  • Correspondence
  • People's Gas & Electric - 1937-1942
  • United Light and Power - 1937-1942
  • Rolfe Products Company - 1937-1942
  • Mason City Development Company - 1937-1942
  • Correspodence: People's Gas & Electric - 1943-1955
  • Correspondence
  • People's Gas & Electric - 1956-1957
  • Mason City & Clear Lake Railroad - 1956-1957
  • H. R. Gross - 1956-1957
  • Bourke B. Hickenlooper - 1956-1957
  • Correspondence
  • Interstate Power Company - 1958
  • Clyde M. Reed - 1958
  • Vern Lisle - 1958
  • H. R. Gross - 1958
  • Thomas E. Martin - 1958
  • Laurance C. Jones - 1958
  • Correspondence
  • Ancher Nelson - 1959-1960
  • Norman Erbe - 1959-1960
  • Thomas E. Martin - 1959-1960
  • Bourke B. Hickenlooper - 1959-1960
  • Jack Miller - 1959-1960
  • Laurance C. Jones - 1959-1960
  • H. R. Gross - 1959-1960
  • Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad - 1959-1960
  • Interstate Power Company - 1959-1960
  • Correspondence
  • Iowa Terminal Railroad, January-August - 1961
  • Norman Erbe, January-August - 1961
  • Bourke B. Hickenlooper, January-August - 1961
  • H. R. Gross, January-August - 1961
  • James S. Schramm, January-August - 1961
  • W. Earl Hall, January-August - 1961
  • Iowa Terminal Railroad, September-December - 1961
  • Correspondence
  • Hickenlooper for Senator Committee - 1962
  • Iowa Terminal Railroad - 1962
  • Mason City First National Bank - 1962
  • James S. Schramm - 1962
  • John M. Henry - 1962
  • Correspondence: Bourke B. Hickenlooper - 1963-1966
  • Correspondence: Robert D. Ray - 1967-1972
  • Series 2: SUBJECT FILES
  • Box 2:
  • Biographical Material
  • Lincoln Club - 1961-1962
  • Mason City
  • Midwest Research Institute
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Railroad Company
  • Rolfe Products Company, Mason City Brick and Tile, Mason City Development Co., Liquidation of
  • Speeches of Charles E. Strickland
  • Utilities Company
  • Miscellany