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Lew Frank Papers

Identifier: MsC0369

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Lew Frank date from 1943 to 1968, but relate primarily to the Progressive Party and Henry A. Wallace's presidential campaign of 1948. A small collection, it is made up of two boxes of manuscript material and clippings. There are seven folders of speeches that Frank wrote for Henry A. Wallace, as well as correspondence, campaign schedules, clippings, Progressive Party news releases and pamphlets.


  • Creation: 1943-1968
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1948


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Lewis Crown Frank, Jr. (1916 -- 1970) was a staff writer for the New Republic. In 1948, he became the principal speech writer for Henry A. Wallace's presidential bid on the Progressive Party ticket. Frank advocated expanding the use of print and broadcast media over the rally type campaign strategy.


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Speech writer for Henry A. Wallace. Primarily relates to his work for Wallace's presidential campaign on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948. With speeches Frank wrote for Wallace there are clippings, correspondence, campaign schedules, and Progressive Party news releases and pamphlets.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Frank's widow, Mrs. L.C. Frank, in the 1970s. An additional gift was given in 2010 by Patricia M. Franks.

Related Materials

Henry A. Wallace Papers, 1934 -- 1944. 12 ft. Editor of Wallaces' Farmer 1921--1933; Secretary of Agriculture, 1933 --1940; Vice-President of the United States, 1941--1945; Secretary of Commerce, 1945 --1946. Photocopies of the microfilm edition of the original mss. in the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division. MsC177

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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