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Guide to the Robert K. Goodwin Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1866-1983
Creator: Goodwin, Robert K. (1905-1983)
Extent: 1.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0462
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: U.S. Representative from Iowa and businessman. Correspondence and subject files relating to his political activities with the Republican Party.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs: Box 1; Oversized folder

Access: This collection is open for research.

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

Acquisition: These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Marguerite Goodwin in 1985-1986.

Preferred Citation: Robert K. Goodwin 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

Robert Kingman Goodwin was born on May 23, 1905, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Drake University in 1928 and later attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. After graduating from Drake, Goodwin moved to Redfield, Iowa, where he engaged in the brick and tile manufacturing business and farming. In 1939, he was vice president of the Dallas County Farm Bureau. Active in Republican Party politics, Goodwin was a delegate to the state conventions in 1936 and 1938. In 1940, he was elected to Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Cassius C. Dowell. This term ended in January 1941, and Goodwin was not re-nominated. Commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1942, he served until 1945. Goodwin became the director of the Central National Bank and Trust Company in 1941 and remained in that position until 1965, when he returned to his manufacturing business. During the 1950s, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and was a member of the Republican National Committee. Robert K. Goodwin died on February 21, 1983, at the age of seventy-seven.

The papers of Robert K. Goodwin date from 1866 to 1983 and primarily concern Goodwin's political activities. There are correspondence files with letters from many Republican politicians, including H.R. Gross, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, and Herbert Hoover. Some of the political subject files include presidential inaugurations, Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation, Republican state conventions, and H.R. Gross. There are also copies of speeches given by Goodwin, biographical materials, and photographs.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Biographical Materials - 1952-1983
  • "Blue Print for Iowa," - 1951
    1950 Campaign -- The Iowa Story
  • Boy Scouts of America - 1942, 1963, 1973
  • Certificates and Badges - 1931-1981
  • Correspondence - 1920-1958
    Including letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas E. Martin, Guy M. Gillette, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Robert A. Taft, Sinclair Weeks, Harold E. Stassen, Milton S. Eisenhower, William H. Nicholas, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Arthur E. Summerfield, Ray C. Bliss, W.W. Waymack, Allin W. Dakin, Robert D. Blue, and Herbert Hoover
  • Correspondence - 1960-1969
    Including letters from Ben F. Jensen, H.R. Gross, Ray C. Bliss, Robert D. Ray, Lewis L. Strauss, Clark R. Mollenhoff, Roger W. Jepsen, Jack Miller, Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover, and Patricia Nixon
  • Correspondence - 1970-1983
    Including letters from Lewis L. Strauss, Jack Miller, H.R. Gross, Robert D. Ray, George Bush, Charles E. Grassley, Ray C. Bliss, Richard Nixon, Mary Louise Smith, Gerald R. Ford, and Terry E. Branstad
  • Correspondence, undated
    Including a letter from Bourke B. Hickenlooper and Ronald Reagan
  • Drake University. Presidential Inauguration - 1966
  • Gross, H.R. - 1968, 1974
  • Gubernatorial Inauguration - 1955
  • Hoover Birthplace Foundation - 1952, 1962-1979
  • Iowa Republican Farm Policy Council - 1950
  • J.N. "Ding" Darling Foundation, Inc.
  • Kingman, A.S. Guardian Report, January 2 - 1866
  • Lincoln Day Dinner and Victory Rally - 1953
  • Newspaper Clippings - 1940-1978
  • Box 2:
  • Omicron Delta Kappa - 1954-1956
  • Presidential Inaugurations: Herbert C. Hoover - 1929
  • Presidential Inaugurations: Richard M. Nixon - 1969
  • Report of the Management Committee to the Board of Trustees of the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation, Inc. - 1965
  • Republican State Convention - 1952
  • Speeches - 1939-1959
    2 folders
  • Photographs in oversized folder.
    Including photos of Robert A. Taft, Guy M. Gillette, H.R. Gross, Karl M. LeCompte, Jack Miller, Ben F. Jensen and Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Gene Autry, Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower