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John Cantwell Reid Papers

Identifier: MsC0436

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Scope and Contents

The papers of John C. Reid consist of 245 items relating primarily to his work on the Iowa State Board of Regents. Arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence, these papers are divided into three folders: Iowa State Board of Education, Stone City Art Colony, and University of Iowa. Correspondents include Virgil M. Hancher, Wendell Johnson, Herschel C. Loveless, Robert D. Blue, and Grant Wood.


  • Creation: 1933-1962
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1933-1942


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Biographical / Historical

John Cantwell Reid was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, on December 28, 1877. After graduating from high school he entered business. At the age of twenty-six he organized the National Oats Company. In 1910, he acquired a mill in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and in 1923, he moved the general offices there while continuing to operate mills in both Cedar Rapids and East Saint Louis, Illinois. During World War I, Reid was chairman of the Oatmeal Committee under Herbert Hoover's Food Administration. He served as chairman of the Oatmeal Code committee on the National Recovery Administration from 1933 -- 1934. He was president of the National Oats Companies of the United States and Canada, and treasurer of the Golden Fennell Companies of the United States and Canada. Reid was also active in civic affairs. He served two terms on the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He was a friend of Grant Wood and interested in the Stone City Colony and Art School. Reid was a member of the Iowa State Board of Regents in the 1940s. John C. Reid died in 1968.


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Cedar Rapids, Iowa businessman; president of the National Oats Company; member of the Iowa State Board of Regents. Correspondence and memoranda relating to his term on the Board of Regents and his friendship with Grant Wood.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1984 by Reid's daughter, Catherine Reid Cooper.

Related Materials

Grant Wood Papers (RG 99.0033)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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