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James I. Dolliver Papers

Identifier: MsC0243

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Scope and Contents

The papers of James I. Dolliver are alphabetically arranged in seven series: Series I. Congressional files (1945-1956) includes material relating to topics as diverse as agriculture, the Methodist Church, and waterways. Arraneged alphabetically. SeriesII: The Committee trips series (1947-1956) is arranged alphabetically by country within each year. SesriesIII: The series relating to the Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (1953-1955) includes reports on federal aid grants to local governments from Wyoming to South Carolina and Michigan to Kansas. Series IV: The Speeches series contains a variety of speeches given by Dolliver while he was in the Congress, delivered to high schools, meetings in foreign countries, the Congress, and many other groups. Arranged roughly chronologically. Series V: The Pre-Congressional personal papers series (1934-1944) includes files relating to such topics as the American Legion and individual legal cases. Arranged alphabetically. Series VI: The Pre-Congressional speeches series (1923-1944) were given to wide range of groups from the Elks Club to the Buena Vista County School Directors. Arranged chronologically. Series VII: the Post-Congressional career series (1956-1962) focuses on Dolliver's work in Iran and other foreign policy matters. Also included throughout the papers are photographs, certificates, and correspondence. Some of the correspondents include Jay Norwood Darling, Henry O. Talle, Norman A. Erbe, Leo A. Hoegh, Paul H. Cunningham, Leonard Wood Hall, and Jonathan Prentiss Dolliver.


  • Creation: 1923-1962
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1960


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Biographical / Historical

James I. Dolliver was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, on August 31, 1894. He attended public schools in South Dakota before graduating from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1915. During World War I, Dolliver served as a private in the Army's signal corps. In 1921, he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. The following year he moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he became the prosecuting attorney of Webster County (1924 -- 1929). He was also a long time member of the Fort Dodge school board. James Dolliver was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving six terms (1945 -- 1957). After losing a bid for his seventh term, he became the regional legal council for the International Cooperation Administration in the Middle East, based in Tehran, Iran. He held this position until his retirement in 1959. James I. Dolliver died on December 10, 1978, at the age of eighty-four.


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Attorney, U.S. Representative from Iowa, and Regional Legal Council for the International Cooperation Administration of the Middle East. Correspondence, speeches, and subject files relating to his career.

Method of Acquisition

James I. Dolliver donated his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1971.

Related Materials

1) United States. Congress. House. Committee on House Administration. Subcommittee on Elections Oral Argument of the Parties Before the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration in the Matter of the Contested-Election Case of James I. Dolliver v. Merwin Coad from the Sixth Congressional District of Iowa [microform] : hearings before the United States House Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections, Eighty-fifth Congress, first session, on Feb. 11, 1957. LAW Audiovisual CIS Hrgs MF Gp 4--(85) HHad-3 Law SHELVED AS: Microfiche 262 GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS Microfiche CIS Hrgs MF GP 4--(85) HHad-3 2) Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890 -- 1969 Letter to James I. Dolliver. Washington, DC. 1956 November 10 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department Pres/Letters 3) Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890 -- 1969 Letter to James I. Dolliver. Washington, DC. 1956 April 16 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department Pres/Letters 4) Schwengel, Fred, 1907- Papers of Fred Schwengel, 1940 -- 1972 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department MsC 456 5) LeCompte, Karl M. Papers of Karl M. LeCompte, 1939 -- 1972 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department MsC 131 6) Hall, W. Earl, 1897 -- 1969 Papers of W. Earl Hall, 1917 -- 1969 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department MsC 193 7) Dolliver, Jonathan P., (Jonathan Prentiss), 1858 -- 1910 Letter to Rev. Laurence Bower. Fort Dodge, IA. 1906 July 23 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department MsL D665 b 8) Hill, George Raymond, 1888 -- 1966 Papers of George R. Hill, 1905 -- 1966 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department MsC 246 9) Papers of the Sokol-Shuttleworth Family, 1875 -- 1982 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Department MsC 395

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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