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Biographical Information

Chester C. Davis biographical file
Chester C. Davis, a key figure in the New Deal, served as Administrator of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and later served as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Florence Kerr biographical file
Florence Kerr served as Director of the Women's and Professional Projects of the Works Progress Administration beginning in 1938 and worked in Washington, D.C. until the WPA ended in 1943.
Hallie Flanagan Davis biographical file
Hallie Flanagan served as Administrator of the Federal Theatre Project during the New Deal.
Harry Hopkins biographical file
Included are notes and sketches about Harry Hopkins by Richard Greenwood, Harry Hopkins at FDR’s side; a video recording, rnLetter to Dr. Earl D. Strong concerning Harry Hopkins’ choice of social work as a profession, 1956rnPhotographs with other Grinnell alumni: Chester Davis, Hallie Flanagan “The First and Final Task: Harry Hopkins and the Development of the Welfare System”, dissertation 1997, by June Hopkins, the granddaughter of Harry Hopkins
Paul H. Appleby biographical file
Paul Appleby served as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture and then Under Secretary of Agriculture in Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration.

Primary Sources

Geroge McJimsey Papers
This collection was gathered by George T. McJimsey ‘58, professor of History at Iowa State University, in the process of writing his book _Harry Hopkins: Ally of the Poor and Defender of Democracy_. Included are articles written by Hopkins, his personal and professional correspondence, Works Progress Administration (WPA) files, minutes from the meetings of the American Association of Social Workers, War Munitions Board minutes, Lend- Lease Bill files, diary entries of top government officials, and American Red Cross files.
Mary Ellen Appleby Sarbaugh Papers
Box 1 includes memories of her father, Paul Appleby.
Paul H. Appleby Papers
Paul H. Appleby,class of 1913. In 1933, Paul H. Appleby became Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture, Henry A. Wallace. By 1940 he was the Undersecretary of Agriculture and in 1944 he became Assistant Director of the Budget for the United States.
Robert Y. and Florence Kerr Papers
Florence Kerr attended Grinnell College from 1908-1912. There she formed a lifelong friendship with Harry Hopkins. In 1930 she was named a member of the Iowa Unemployment Relief Council and in 1935 Hopkins recommended her as one of five regional directors of the Division of Women's and Professional Projects within the Works Progress Administration (alternately called the Work Projects Administration). She was promoted to Assistant Administrator of the WPA and Director of the Women's and Professional Projects in 1938 and worked in Washington, D.C. until the WPA ended in 1943. This collection contains an oral interview with Florence Kerr; photographs, personal correspondence (notably with President and Mrs. Roosevelt), materials relating to her defense activities in 1941; and materials from two productions of the Federal Theater Project. The bulk of the collection contains correspondence, memos, and reports from her tenure with the Work Projects Administration and includes numerous WPA publications. There are two photograph albums and ten scrapbooks of newspaper clippings regarding her WPA activities.
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