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Fred Dickinson Letts Papers

Identifier: MsC0072

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Fred Dickinson Letts consist of three feet of manuscripts arranged in a rough chronological sequence dating from 1841 to 1965. The collection begins with family papers (1841-960), such as deeds, mortgages, and photographs. Correspondence (1899 -1961) is included from each phase of his career as an attorney, congressman, and judge with letters from Lester Jesse Dickinson, T. Henry Foster, John Hammill, James W. Bollinger, Harrison E. Spangler, Merritt C. Speidel, and Dan W. Turner. The remainder of the collection consists of Letts' speeches, court decisions, clippings, and six scrapbooks.


  • Creation: 1841-1965
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1969


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This collection is open for research.

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3.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Attorney, Congressman, and judge. Correspondence, family and personal records, with court decisions and speeches.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted by F.D. Letts in 1961.

Appraisal Information

The papers of Fred Dickinson Letts were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1961 by Judge Letts.

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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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