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Edward Kennedy Papers

Identifier: MsC0442

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Edward E. Kennedy date from 1921 to 1983 and consist of manuscripts relating chiefly to his activities with the National Farmers Union in the 1930s. There are correspondence files with letters from Milo Reno, Henry A. Wallace, and Guy M. Gillette, speeches given by Kennedy, and newspaper clippings. There is also material relating to his career as a probate judge, specifically subject folders concerning Orphan's Court and judicial reform issues. His work with the United Mine Workers of America is also documented.


  • Creation: 1921-1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930-1939


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Edward Eugene Kennedy was born in Grand Junction, Iowa, on April 12, 1894. He began his career as a livestock and grain farmer in Iowa and Minnesota. From 1931 to 1937, he was secretary/treasurer of the National Farmers Union. He also worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Kennedy founded the National Farmers Guild in 1939. In 1942, he became associated with John L. Lewis' attempt to organize dairy farmers into a union. After that failed, Kennedy stayed with District 50 of the United Mine Workers of America as a research director and economist from 1942 to 1970. He became the Chief Judge of Orphan's Court in Howard County, Maryland, in 1971. He served as president of the Maryland Association of Probate Judges. Kennedy was active in many other civic and political organizations, including member of the county council for Howard County and member of Maryland's Democratic Central Committee.


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Judge, economist, statistician, and union official. Papers relating primarily to Kennedy's activities with the National Farmers' Union in the 1930s. Also contains subject files relating to his work as a probate judge and with the United Mine Workers of America.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Judge Edward E. Kennedy in 1985.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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