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Paul Clifford Pickett Papers

Identifier: msc0821

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 4 x 6-inch note cards created by Paul Pickett while writing his 1967 dissertation about John Ward Studebaker. Studebaker was born in McGregor, Iowa, in 1887. He was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Commissioner of Education in 1934, and served until 1948, during a period of great economic change and war. Among his many contributions, Studebaker recognized the educational importance of broadcast radio, worked to improve rural libraries, and promoted youth work training programs, which later became war training programs. He helped develop the G.I. Bill of Rights, allowing for educational assistance to veterans of war.


  • 1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Paul Clifford Pickett was born February 27, 1913, in Ottumwa, Iowa. He married Margaret on August 8, 1940, and they had four children: Frank, Clyde, Louise, and Elaine. Paul Pickett died in 1994.


0.50 linear feet

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Paul Pickett's notes on John Ward Studebaker.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were given to the Special Collections Department in 1997 by Margaret Pickett, wife of Paul Pickett.

Related Materials

Pickett, Paul Clifford. "Contributions of John Ward Studebaker to American education." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1967. 221 pp.

Books authored by John Ward Studebaker are housed in the Iowa Authors Collection, and in University Archives, within the Department of Special Collections.
Denise Anderson, March 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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