Selected Sources on Iowa Labor History

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Table of Contents

 

Labor Unions

 

Labor Force and Employment

 

Industry or Trade:

Button industry

Construction and Building trades

Educators

Electrical power

Farm implement industry

Farm workers

Food processing

Glass manufacturing

Grocery business

Lumber and woodworking

Meatpacking

Milling

Mining

Printing trades

Railroads

Retail trade

Seed companies

Tire industry

Washing machines

 

Iowa topics:

Kelly's Army

John L. Lewis

Schaeffer Pen Company

 

Economic, Business, and Industrial History – General pre-1952 literature

Economic, Business, and Industrial History – General 1952-1991 literature

 

Individual Businesses pre-1952

Individual Businesses 1952-1991

 

LABOR UNIONS

 

AFSCME Iowa Council 61, 1977-1987: A Decade of Dignity. Des Moines: AFSCME Iowa Council 61, 1987. 10 pp.

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

 

Butler, Donald Thomas. “Factors Affecting Trade Union Organizing of Manufacturing Firms in Iowa, 1946-1957.” Ph.D.diss., University of Wisconsin, 1959. 165 pp.

 

Cosgrove, J. E. “Labor Education in Iowa.” American Federationist 61(April 1954): 22-23, 30-31.

Development of a labor education program by the AFL in Iowa, 1951-1954.

 

Cumberland, William H. “Plain Honesty: Wallace Short and the I.W.W.” Palimpsest 61 (1980): 146-60.

Short was mayor of Sioux City in 1919.

 

Daly, John Marie. “History of Unionization in Waterloo, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, Creighton University, 1962. 173 pp.

 

Davis, Merle. “You Were Just One of the Unfortunate Ones.” Palimpsest 70 (Summer 1989): 96-102.

Laborers during the 1920s and 1930s.

 

Dobbs, Farrell. Teamster Power. New York: Monad Press, 1973. 255 pp.

 

Eichengreen, Barry. “The Impact of Late Nineteenth-Century Unions on Labor Earnings and Hours: Iowa in 1894.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 40 (1987): 501-15.

 

Ellis, Christine. “People Who Cannot Be Bought.” In Rank and File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers, edited by Alice Lynd and Staughton Lynd, 10-33. Boston: Beacon Press, 1973.

Yugoslavian immigrants in Jerome, Appanoose County.

 

Gallagher, Daniel G., and Richard Pegnetter. “Impasse Resolution Under the Iowa Multistep Procedure.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 32 (1979): 327-38.

The experience of the first two years’ operation of impasse resolution under the Iowa Public Employment Relations Act.

 

Gillroy, Thomas P., and Jack A. Lipovac. “Impasse Procedure Utilization: Year One Under the Iowa Statute.” Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector 6 (1977): 181-91.

The operation of the Public Employment Relations Act in Iowa in 1974-1975.

 

Gilpin, Toni. “Labor's Last Stand.” Chicago History 18 (1989): 42-59.

 

The History of Labor in the United States: Focus, The Iowa Experience. Des Moines: Iowa Federation of labor (AFL-CIO), 1991. 67 pp.

Curriculum Guide.

 

Jarvis, Albert M. “Unionism in Iowa before 1914.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1928. 130 p.

 

Knuth, Margaret Helen. “Interests and Activities of Dubuque Labor, September, 1906-September, 1911, As Reported in the Dubuque Labor Leader.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1941. 172 p.

 

Mills, R. “Work Law Has Been Ruinous: Iowa’s Experience.” American Federationist 65 (Aug.1958): 27-28.

 

Rollefson, Arthur M. “A Study of Strikes in Iowa with Special Reference to the Period 1925-1940.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1940. 91 p.

 

Sannes, Erling N. “’Make Sioux City a Good Place to Live’: Organizing Teamsters in Sioux City, 1933-1938.” Annals of Iowa 50 (Fall 1989/Winter 1990): 214-40.

 

Schacht, John N. “American Labor and Working Class History at Iowa.” Books at Iowa 53 (November 1990): 29-60; and 54 (April 1991): 31-56.

 

Schacht, John N. “Labor History Resources in the University of Iowa Libraries, the State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.” Labor History 31 (Winter/Spring 1990): 168-75.

 

Scharnau, Ralph. “The Knights of Labor in Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 50 (Spring 1991): 861-91.

 

Scharnau, Ralph. “The Labor Movement in Iowa, 1900-1910.” Journal of the West 35(1996): 19-28.

 

Scharnau, Ralph. “Streetcar Strike 1903: Dubuque Walks.” Labor's Heritage 6 (1995): 58-77.

 

Scharnau, Ralph. “Workers and Politics: The Knights of Labor in Dubuque, Iowa, 1885-1890.” Annals of Iowa 48 (Winter/Spring 1987): 353-77.

 

Scharnau, Ralph. “Workers, Unions, and Workplaces in Dubuque, 1830-1990.”  Annals of Iowa 52 (1993): 50-78.

 

Stonebarger, Dewayne A. “A Study of Unionism among Municipal Employees of the State of Iowa.” Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1955. 250 pp.

 

Stromquist, Shelton. Solidarity and Survival: an Oral History of Iowa Labor in the Twentieth Century. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1993. 346 p.

Features excerpts from Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP) interviews.

 

Stuckey, Lorin. The Iowa State Federation of Labor. Iowa City: Chesnutt Printing Co., 1915. 147 p. (Bulletin of the State University of Iowa, no. 120).

Originally a Ph.D. dissertation done at the University of Iowa.

 

United Auto Workers Local 807: 50th Anniversary. Burlington, Local 807, 1991. 56 pp.

 

Warren, Wilson J. “The ‘People’s Century’ in Iowa: Coalition Building among Farm and Labor Organizations, 1945-1950.” Annals of Iowa 49 (Summer 1988): 371-93.

 

Weaver, James Baird. “The Threefold Contention of Industry.” In Farmer Discontent, 1865-1900, edited by Vernon R. Carstensen, 80-89. New York: Wiley, 1974.

1892 article on organized labor by Iowa lawyer and Populist candidate for President.

 

Winn, Robert D. “The Functions of the Iowa Federation of Labor, 1893-1964.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1966. 95 pp.

 

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LABOR FORCE and EMPLOYMENT

 

Barton, Mabel V. “Woman Labor in Iowa.” M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1918. 113 p.

 

Baumback, Clifford. “Shifts in Manufacturing Employment Within Iowa Counties, 1947-1954.” Iowa Business Digest 28 (Dec.1957): 1-2, 5-7.

 

Bloodworth, Jessie A. and Elizabeth J. Greenwood. The Personal Side.  Works Progress Administration, 1939. 417 pp.

Effects of the Depression on Dubuque residents.

 

Bognanno, Mario Frank. Iowa Employment Patterns and Projections, 1940-1970: Industrial, Occupational, and Occupation-Industry Employment Matrix. Iowa City: Center for Labor and Management, College of Business Administration, University of Iowa, 1966. 48 pp.

 

Bognanno, Mario Frank. “ A Study of Employment Opportunites in Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1965. 101 pp.

1940-1960.

 

Bognanno, Mario Frank, and Vern Hagen. “Principal Employment Changes in Iowa from 1940 to 1960, with Projections to 1970.” Iowa Business Digest 37 (May 1966): 3-19.

 

Bohlman, Herbert W. Labor Market in Iowa: Characteristics and Trends.  Des Moines: Drake University, 1937. 74 p.

 

Bowen, Howard. Unemployment Compensation as Applied to Iowa.  Iowa City: College of Commerce, University of Iowa, 1936. 54 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No.16).

 

Dinovo, John Phil. “Employment Trends in Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1950-1957.” M.A. thesis, Drake University, 1960. 72 pp.

 

Downey, Ezekial Henry. Work Accident Indemnity in Iowa. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1912. 80 p.

 

Downey, Ezekiel Henry. History of Labor Legislation in Iowa. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1910. 283 p.

Originally an M.A. thesis done at the University of Iowa in 1908.

 

Farley, Mary Allison. “Iowa Women in the Workplace.” Palimpsest 67 (1986): 2-16, 21-27.

Photos taken in Dubuque in 1912 (Klauer collection).

 

Farley, Mary Allison. “Wage Earning Women in Dubuque, Iowa, 1910-1917: Their Position in the Labor Force and How They Remember That Experience.” M.A.thesis, University of Iowa, 1985. 67 pp.

 

Iowa Labor Mobility Demonstration Project. Final Report of the Iowa Labor Mobility Demonstration Project. Iowa Employment Security Commission, 1969. 213 pp.

History of the project from March 1, 1967, to January 31, 1969.

 

Jakubauskas, Edward B. “Labor Force and Occupational Trends in Iowa.” Iowa Business Digest 36 (March 1965): 13-27.

1950-1964.

 

Jakubauskas, Edward B., and Donald E. Mitchell. “The Iowa State Manpower Development Council.” Iowa Business Digest 37 (Oct.1966): 11-19.

History, backgrounds and objectives.

 

Kaltenbach, Erwin John. “The Organization and Function of the Works Progress Administration in Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1937. 95 p.

 

Kremenak, Nellie Wilson. "Urban Workers in the Agricultural Middle West, 1856-1893: With a Case Study of Fort Dodge and Webster County, Iowa." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1995. 565 pp.

 

Kuhmen, Nicholas. Some Considerations Regarding the Boycott of Our Cigars. Davenport, 1886. 7 p.

Labor troubles in Davenport, 1883-1886.

 

Leighton, George R. “They Call It Barter: The New Economics in Ohio and Iowa.” Harper’s Magazine 167 (1933): 314-24.

The Waterloo Unemployed Relief Club.

 

Lewis, E. E. “Occupation of the Graduates of the College of Liberal Arts, State University of Iowa.” Midland Schools 29 (1914): 10-11.

 

Lewis, E. E. “The Prevailing Occupations of Iowa in Relation to the Problems of Vocational Education.” Midland Schools 29 (1914): 75-6.

 

Lloyd, Craig. “The Iowa Civilian Labor Force: A Comparative Study.” Iowa Business Digest 35 (April 1964): 17-28.

1940-1960.

 

Mabra, Fred J. “Manpower Utilization.” Military Review 46 (1966): 92-97.

 

“Man looks for a Job.” Life 36 (1 March 1954): 22-25.

Unemployment in Charles City.

 

Mergen, Bernard. “A Quantitative Study of Wage Workers in Iowa, 1894.” Annals of Iowa 41 (1972): 1114-27.

A comparison of union and non-union workers.

 

Moehnke, Rory Edward. “The Changing Industrial Employment Structure of Iowa Communities Between 1960 and 1970.” M.S. thesis, Iowa State University, 1974.

 

National Reemployment Service. Iowa. Educational Program of the Iowa State Employment Service and National Reemployment Service for Iowa, Vol. 1: Historical Background of Employment Service. Des Moines: National Reemployment Service for Iowa, 1930s. 107 p.

 

Peirce, Paul S. Employers’ Welfare Work in Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1915. 19 p. (State University of Iowa. University Extension Bulletin, No. 13).

 

Peterson, Clair A., and Norbert K. Norpel. Iowa Employment Trends, 1947-1960. Iowa City: Bureau of Labor and Management, College of Business Administration, State University of Iowa, 1962. 27 pp.

 

“Self-Help Movement in Des Moines.” Monthly Labor Review 36 (1933): 1000-1.

For the unemployed.

 

Sinn, Eugene and Willis Rauscher. Occupation of Gainful Workers: Iowa, 1900-1930. Des Moines: Iowa State Planning Board, 1935. 52 p.

 

Storby, Selmer O. “Labor in Iowa: Recent Developments and Policies.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1929. 86 p.

 

Thompson, Arthur T. “When Men Turn to Barter.” Christian Century 50 (1933): 560-2.

The Waterloo Unemployed Relief Club.

 

“Unemployed Relief Club, Waterloo Iowa.” Monthly Labor Review 36 (1933): 989-99.

 

Urick, A. L. “Labor Situation in Iowa.” In Proceedings of the Nineteenth Iowa State Conference of Social Work, 29-33. Mason City, 1917.

 

‘The Way We Worked.” Iowan 24 (Spring 1976): 9-15. Photos of businesses and employees in Dubuque, taken in 1912 (Klauer collection).

 

“What Happens When Jobs Run Out.” U.S. News and World Report 36 (8 July 1954): 28-31.

Unemployment in the Quad Cities in 1954.

 

“Working and Wandering.” Palimpsest 70 (Summer 1989): 75.

 

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INDUSTRY OR TRADE:

 

BUTTON INDUSTRY

 

Batten, Samuel Z. “Muscatine: The Strike Problem of a Mid-Western Town.” Survey 28 (1912): 390-9.

The 1911-1912 strike in the pearl button industry of Muscatine.

 

Fairfield, Edward G. “Iowa Makes the Nation’s Buttons.” Iowa Magazine 3 (June 1919): 4-6, 39-40.

Muscatine button industry.

 

Farrel-Beck, Jane A., and Rebecca Hatfield Meints. “The Role of Technology in the Fresh-Water Pearl Button Industry of Muscatine, Iowa, 1891-1910.” Annals of Iowa 47 (1983): 3-18.

 

Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. Commission on the Church and Social Service. Report on the Industrial Situation at Muscatine, Iowa. New York: The Council, 1912. 19 p.

The button workers strike.

 

Haefner, Marie. “Argonauts of the Mississippi.” Palimpsest 13 (1932): 473-86.

The growth of the pearl button industry in Muscatine from the 1890s to 1932.

 

Hurd, Frances Schruers. “The Pearl Button Industry of Muscatine, Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 38 (1966): 401-11.

 

Kelso, Margaret F. “The Freshwater Pearl Button Industry of America…” Part 4, “Development of the Industry.” National Button Bulletin 14 (1955): 154-58, 322-27.

Muscatine.

 

O’Hara, Mike. “Mr. Boepple and His Buttons.” Iowan  30 (Fall 1981): 46-51.

John Frederick Boepple, pioneer of Muscatine’s pearl button industry.

 

Rose, Earl T. “Iowa’s Clam Industry May See War Boom for Buttons.” Iowa Conservationist 1 (May 1942): 1-3.

Includes some history of the clamming industry in Iowa.

 

Rousmaniere, Kate. “The Muscatine Button Worker’s Strike of 1911-12: An Iowa Community in Conflict.” Annals of Iowa 46 (1982): 243-62.

 

Smith, Hugh M. “The Mussel Fishery and Pearl-Button Industry of the Mississippi River.” Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission 18 (1898): 289-314.

Primarily Muscatine and Le Claire.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING TRADES

 

Magnuson, Linda Westcott. “Sheets and Company, an Iowa City Builder/Architect Firm, 1870-1905.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1980. 161 pp.

 

“Neumann Brothers Are Builders.” Alumnus (Iowa State College) 27 (1932): 214-17.

Arthur H., Walter N., Oscar, and Harold Neumann, partners in Arthur H. Neumann & Company, Des Moines builders.

 

Newman, Theodore Emerson. “The Construction Industry: The United States and Iowa, 1939-1954.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1956. 240 pp.

Yates, Carole Shelley, and Charles W. Roberts. “Heritage in Stone.” Iowan 31 (Winter 1982): 24-35.

Stonecutting in nineteenth-century Iowa and nineteenth-century stone buildings still standing.

 

Roberts, Charles W. “The Far Frontiers of Green International.” Iowan 26 (Spring 1978): 18-25.

The Green Construction Company of Des Moines.

 

“Rumble and Roar of a Cannonball Year.” Iowan 4 (Dec 1955-Jan 1956): 34-36, 50.

Construction in Iowa in 1955.

 

 

EDUCATORS

 

Carey, Eugene Roy. “A Comparative Analysis of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System with the Other State Teacher-Retirement Systems of the Nation.” Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1969. 338 pp.  “Origin and Development of the Iowa teacher-Retirement Program.” pp. 76-93.

 

Doran, O. T. and Harry A. Greene. Factors Affecting Public School Teachers’ Salaries in Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1924. 32 p.

 

Hart, Irving H. “Iowa Teachers’ Salaries in 1940-41.” Midland Schools 56 (1941): 61.

 

Hobbs, Lucy E. History of the Teachers’ Annuity Movement in Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1926. 62 p. (University of Iowa Extension Bulletin, No. 145)

Originally an M.A. thesis done at the University of Iowa in 1926.

 

Rogers, Don C. “Iowa Teachers’ Salaries during Two Wars.” American School Board Journal 66 (June 1923): 43-4, 130.

The Civil War and World War I.

 

Williams, R. C. “Salaries of Rural Teachers in Iowa.” Midland Schools 52 (1938): 280, 282.

1937-1938.

 

 

ELECTRICAL POWER

 

Axelrod, Alan. “ A Century of Light: The Development of Iowa’s Electric Utilities.” Palimpsest 60 (1979): 130-55.

 

Charlesworth, George. “Rural Electrification in Iowa.” Iowa Year Book of Agriculture 46 (1945): 457-63.

1910-1945.

 

Clark, Florence L. “Harnessing Scenery in North-eastern Iowa.” Iowa Magazine 2 (Sept. 1918): 4-5.

Power plants on the Turkey and Upper Iowa rivers.

 

Goc, Michael J. Where the Waters Flow: A Half Century of Regional Development, 1941-1991.  Friendship, WI: New Past Press, 1991. 151 pp.

History of area served by Dairyland Power Cooperative, includes Iowa.

 

Jorgenson, Becki. “Country Extension Agents: The Unheralded Rural Electric Pioneers.” Iowa REC News 39 (May 1985):18-20.

Pocahontas County Extension Agent E. J. Schmuecker and his efforts to promote rural electrification in the 1930s.

 

Murray, John Joseph. It Took All of Us: ie, 100 Years of Iowa Electric Light and Power Company. Cedar Rapids: Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., 1982. 279 pp.

 

Severson, Harold. CIPCO, the Story of a Unique Cooperative. Kenyon, Minn.:  American Brochures, 1965. 31 pp.

Central Iowa Power Cooperative, 1945-1965.

 

Severson, Harold. Corn Belt: Enthusiasm Made the Difference. Humboldt: Corn Belt Power Cooperative, 1972. 140 pp.

Corn Belt Power Cooperative of Iowa, and rural electrification in Iowa in the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Severson, Harold. Determination Turned on the Power: A History of the Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative. 1964. 52 pp.

1935-1964.

 

Severson, Harold. Out of the Dark Ages: The Story of Linn County Rural  Electric Cooperative, Marion, Iowa. Marion: Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 1968. 24 pp.

1938-1968.

 

Shawd, Jeff. “REC Linemen Remember…Life on the Lines.” Iowa REC News 39 (May 1985): 14-16.

 

Thompson, Carl D. “Maquoketa: City of Light and Power.” Public Ownership 6 (1924): 118-32.

The development of a municipally-owned light and power plant, 1915-1924.

 

Tubbs, Jill, and Jim Sayers. “Corn Belt Power Cooperative, a Leader in Rural Electrical Development.” Iowa REC News 39 (July 1985): 8-9.

 

 

FARM IMPLEMENT INDUSTRY

 

Broehl, Wayne G., Jr. John Deere’s Company: A History of Deere and Company and Its Times. New York: Doubleday, 1984. 870 pp.

“Deere Buys the Waterloo Boy,” pp. 403-7, covers the purchase of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in 1917. Other information about Deere operations in Iowa throughout the book.

 

Cedar Valley Engine Club. Progress in Tractor Power from 1898, Charles City Plant, White Farm Equipment. 2d ed. Charles City, 1975.

History of the White Farm Equipment Company, Charles City.

 

Deere and Company. Growth and Spirit: The Story of the John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works and Its First 20 Years in Dubuque. Dubuque: John Deere Tractor Works, 1966. 16 pp.

 

Devinatz, Victor G. “A Program for Building Cooperative Shop Floor Labor Relations: The UAW, the International Harvester Corporation and The "New Look" Procedure, 1960-1964.” Labor Studies Journal 20(1995): 5-18.

 

Finlay, Mark R. “System and Sales in the Heartland: A Manufacturing and Marketing History of the Hart-Parr Company, 1901-1929.” Annals of Iowa 57 (1998): 337-373.

 

Foley, James Edward. “Labor Union jurisdictional disputes in the Quad-Cities' farm equipment industry, 1949-1955.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1965. 121 pp.

 

Gilpin, Toni. "New Feet Under the Table: International Harvester's Industrial Council Plan.” Labor's Heritage 4 (1992): 4-27.

 

“How Our Company Started.” The Connecting Link (John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works) 12 (June 1954): 3-4, 15.

Founding of the John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works by John Froelich in 1892.

 

“Iowa State College and Hart-Parr Co.” Alumnus (Iowa State College) 8 (Dec. 1912): 57-9.

Charles City company.

 

“Iowa’s Great Tractor Factory.” Iowa Factories 1 (May 1912): 10-17.

The Hart-Parr Tractor Works at Charles City.

 

Kellogg, Lester S. “Farm Machinery: A Case Study.” In Urban Responses to Agricultural Change, edited by Clyde F. Kohn, 47-64. Iowa City: State University of Iowa Press, 1961.

Includes a section on trends in the location of the farm machinery industry in Iowa.

 

Klehm, Michael E. Collective Bargaining in the Farm Machinery and Equipment Industry. Washington , D.C: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1978.

 

Marsh, Barbara. A Corporate Tragedy : The Agony of International Harvester Company. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1985.

 

Miller, Orrin E. The Life Story of Wayne Harry Worthington. Waterloo, 1986. 15 pp.

History of the John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works.

 

Miller, Orrin E. Louis W. Witry: The Man Behind the Waterloo Boy, and the Reason John Deere Came to Town. Waterloo, 1985. 8 pp.

 

Mohr, Ernest E. “Industry in Iowa: Farm Implement Industry.” Iowa Transit 43 (May 1939): 5-7.

 

Oliver Corporation. Progress in Tractor Power from 1898, Charles City Plant, Oliver Corporation. Charles City: Oliver Corp., 1966. 34 pp.

 

Oliver Corporation. A Super Story: The Oliver Corporation, Charles City, Iowa Plant. Charles City: Oliver Corp., [c.1954-1958]. 39 pp.

 

Oliver Corporation. A Visit at Oliver Tractor Plant, Charles City, Iowa. Chicago: Oliver Corp., 1966. 24 pp.

 

Ozanne, Robert W. Wages in Practice and Theory: McCormick and International Harvester, 1860-1960. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1968.

 

Welch, F. A. “Iowa Manufacture of Farm Implements.” Midland Schools 44 (1930): 305-7.

 

Wendel, Charles H., comp. Power in the Past: A History of Gasoline Engine and Tractor Builders in Iowa, 1890-1930. Hiawatha: Wheeler Printing, Inc., 1971. 96 pp.

 

 

FARM WORKERS

 

Foulon, Luis Alberto. “Changes in Utilization of Labor on Iowa Farms, 1939-1942.” M.S. thesis, Iowa State College, 1943. 61 p.

 

Iowa Farm Labor Program: A Report of the Emergency Farm Labor Project of the Agricultural Extension Service, 1943-1947. Ames: Agricultural Extension Service, Iowa State College, 1948. 22 p.

 

Jakubauskas, Edward B., and Neil A. Polomba. “Relocation of Farm Workers from Mississippi to Iowa.” Labor Law Journal 20 (1969): 479-90.

The Mississippi-Iowa Labor Mobility Program of 1968.

 

“Shock Troops: Twilight Harvesters.” Iowa Magazine 2 (Sept. 1918): 13-14.

Solving the harvest labor problem during World War I.

 

Taft, Philip. “Mayor Short and the I.W.W. Agricultural Workers.” Labor History 7 (1966): 173-77.

Wallace M. Short, mayor of Sioux City in 1919.

 

Vasey, Frank Thomas and Josiah C. Folsom. Survey of Agricultural Labor Conditions in Hamilton County, Iowa. Washington, D.C.: Farm Security Administration, 1937. 14 p.

 

Wyckoff, Walter A. “With Iowa Farmers.” Scribner’s Magazine 29 (1901): 525-36.

Author’s experiences as a wandering farm laborer in Iowa in 1892.

 

 

FOOD PROCESSING

 

“Atlantic Canning Company.” Iowa Factories 4 (Nov. 1915): 10-11.

 

Chard, Roy. “The Iowa Canning Industry.” Iowa Year Book of Agriculture 46 (1945): 115-20.

 

“The Crescent Macaroni & Cracker Company.” Iowa Factories 3 (July 1914): 13.

In Davenport.

 

“The Fine Art of Cheese-Making.” Iowan 26 (Summer 1978): 4-9.

Two cheese manufacturing firms, the Twin County Dairy near Kalona and the Maytag Dairy Farms near Newton.

 

Ford, Robert Norman. “The Vegetable Canning Industry in Iowa.” M.S. thesis, University of Chicago, 1948. 96 p.

Especially, “Development of Vegetable Processing in Iowa,” 6-13.

 

Harder, Connie. “Popcorn, an Iowa Success Story.” Iowa REC News 35 (July 1981):16-17.

The founding in 1913 and early history of the American Pop Corn Company of Sioux City, and its founder, Cloid H. Smith.

 

“The Johnson Biscuit Company.” Iowa Factories 1 (Nov. 1912): 6-13.

Sioux City company.

 

Lawrence, Bob. “Their Business is Popping!” Iowan 39 (Fall 1990): 24-27.

Jolly Time Popcorn, Sioux City.

 

Nelson, Irving A. Canning Progress at the Cool Spring Canning Company, 1893-1953. Lake Mills: Graphic Publishing Co., 1953. 68 pp.

Canning Company in Lake Mills.

 

Sokolov, Raymond. “Blue Notes: In Iowa, A Company Better Known for Appliances Produces a Blue Cheese that Rivals Those from Europe.” Natural History 91 (September 1982): 84-88.

Maytag Dairy Farms.

 

“The Sugar Beet Industry in Iowa.” Iowa Factories 1 (Oct. 1912): 6-12.

The Iowa Sugar Company of Waverly.

 

Sutcliffe, Judy. “Of Hives and Honey: Iowa’s ‘Hidden’ Industry.” Iowan 25 (Fall 1976): 12-17.

The Sioux Honey Association of Sioux City.

 

Thornton, Harrison John. The History of the Quaker Oats Company. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1933. 279 p.

The company was established in Cedar Rapids in 1873.

 

Weigel, J. Delbert and Lyle K. Huhn. “Iowa’s Oats As Breakfast Cereal Mechanically Prepared.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1931): 211-12, 218.

The Quaker Oats Company of Cedar Rapids.

 

Welch, F. A. “Iowa Canneries and Cereal Products.” Midland Schools 44 (1930): 211-13.

 

 

GLASS MANUFACTURING

 

Koehn, Donald C. “Iowa City Glassware.” Hobbies 61 (April 1956): 80-81, 88.

Iowa City Flint Glass Works in Iowa City in the early 1880s.

 

Millen, Pauline. “Rare Glass from an Iowa Factory.” Iowan 10 (Spring 1962): 31-33.

Iowa City Flint Glass Works in Iowa City in the early 1880s.

 

Musgrove, Mary R. “Iowa City Glass.” Annals of Iowa 37 (1964): 367-87.

Iowa Flint Glass Works in Iowa City in the early 1880s.

 

Musgrove, Mary R. “Keota Glass.” Annals of Iowa 37 (1965): 481-515. Reprinted in Annals of Iowa 40 (1970): 265-94.

History of the Keota Glass Works, 1879-1880 and its proprietor, James H. Leighton.

 

Musgrove, Mary R. “Keota’s Short-Lived Glassmaking Venture.” Iowan 14 (Winter 1965-66): 14-17.

Keota Glass Works in 1879.

 

Righter, Miriam. Iowa City Glass. Iowa City, 1963. 55 pp. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead, 1966. 55 pp.

Iowa City Flint Glass Manufacturing Company, 1880-1882.

 

Righter, Miriam. “Iowa City Glassware.” Antiques Journal 9, no. 10 (1954): 18-19.

Iowa City Flint Glass Manufacturing Company, 1880-1882, and its product.

 

 

GROCERY BUSINESS

 

Bayless, James Leslie. “The Changing Role of the Wholesale Grocer in the Iowa Market.” Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1952. 246 pp.

1852-1952.

 

Collins, Wilma. “Fabulous Super Market.” Iowan 1 (June-July 1953): 28-29, 43.

Dahl’s Super Market in Des Moines.

 

Fritz, E. Mae. The Family of Hy-Vee, Sixty Years of Tradition: A History of Hy-Vee Food Stores. 1989. 268 pp.

 

Hirsch, Mary. “Cashing in on Convenience.” Iowan 35 (Summer 1987): 14-17, 61-62. Casey’s General Stores.

 

“The Western Grocer Company of Iowa.” Iowa Factories 2 (June 1913): 6-12.

Marshalltown company.

 

Whye, Mike. “Iowa City’s New Pioneers.” Iowan 40 (Fall 1991): 70, 68-69.

Cooperative grocery store.

 

Volpp, Louis Donovan. “The Changing Functions of the Grocery Wholesaler in Des Moines, Iowa, 1929-1954.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1956. 79 pp.

 

 

LUMBER and WOODWORKING INDUSTRY

 

Belthuis, Lyda Carol. “The Geography of Lumbering in the Mississippi River Section of Eastern Iowa.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 1947.

 

Belthuis, Lyda Carol. “The Lumber Industry in Eastern Iowa.” Iowa Journal of History and Politics 46 (1948): 115-55.

 

Blair, Walter A. A Raft Pilot’s Log: A History of the Great Rafting Industry on the Upper Mississippi, 1840-1915. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1930. 328 p.

 

“First Saw Mill in Des Moines.” Annals of Iowa 34 (1957): 151-53.

C. C. Van’s mill, built in 1850.

 

Fishburn, Jesse J. “Ben Hershey, Lumber Baron.” Palimpsest 28 (1947): 289-99.

Benjamin Hershey of Muscatine.

 

Hartman, George Bernhardt. “The Iowa Sawmill Industry.” Iowa Journal of History and Politics 40 (1942): 52-93.

Originally presented as an M.A. thesis at Iowa State College (1941) under title, “The Iowa Sawmill Industry, Past and Present.”

 

Haworth, Floyd Balch. The Economic Development of the Woodworking Industry in Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1933. 128 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No. 13).

Originally presented as a Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Iowa (1932).

 

Hotchkiss, George W. History of the Lumber and Forest Industry of the Northwest. Chicago: George W. Hotchkiss & Co., 1898. 754 p.

Chapters 39 and 40, pages 584-632, describe the lumber industry in Iowa.

 

Jackson, Marilyn. “From Rafts to Riches: The Saga of Muscatine’s Lumber Barons.” Iowan 31 (Spring 1983): 42-50, 52-54.

 

Kirby, Jerry. “Iowa Spawns an Industry-1830: The Forgotten Giant, Lumber!” College Spokesman (Loras College) 44 (1946-7): 43-4.

 

MacDonald, G. B. “Wood-Using Industries of Iowa.” Ames Forester 11 (1923): 103-12.

 

“The Passing of an Iowa Industry.” Annals of Iowa 7 (1905): 225-6.

The demolition of the last lumber mill in Clinton in 1904. Reprinted from the Marshalltown Times-Republican, Nov. 25, 1904.

 

Petersen, William J. “Rafting on the Mississippi: Prologue to Prosperity.” Iowa Journal of History 58 (1960): 289-320.

Lumber rafts floated downstream to sawmills in river towns.

 

Russell, Charles Edward. A-Rafting on the Mississip’. New York: Century Co., 1928. 357 p.

Personal memories and history of lumber rafting on the upper Mississippi.

 

Sieber, George Wesley. “Lumberman at Clinton: Nineteenth Century Sawmill Center.” Annals of Iowa 41 (1971): 779-802.

 

Sieber, George Wesley. “Sawlogs for a Clinton Sawmill.” Annals of Iowa 37 (1964): 348-59.

Competitive aspects of log purchasing for the W. J. Young Lumber Company of Clinton in the 1860s.

 

Sieber, George Wesley. “Sawmilling on the Mississippi: The W.J. Young Lumber Company, 1858-1900.” Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1960. 663 pp.

Clinton-based company.

 

Streit, Everett. “The Lumber Story—Boom, Barons and Bust.” Iowan 4 (Aug.-Sept.1956): 29-30, 43, 48.

Nineteenth-century Clinton was a lumber mill center.

 

Weigel, J. Delbert and Harold Petsch. “Iowa Mill Products Used throughout Nation.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1931): 238-9, 252.

The Carr, Rider and Adams Company of Dubuque.

 

 

MEATPACKING INDUSTRY

 

American Dream [videorecording] Prestige, Cabin Creek Films, directed by Barbara Kopple ; produced by Barbara Kopple and Arthur Cohn. 98 min. New York : HBO Video, 1992. Videocassette.

 

Arnesen, Eric. "Race, Party, and Packinghouse Exceptionalism, part of Symposium on Halpern and Horowitz: Packinghouse Unionism." Labor History 40 (1999): 207-35.

 

Cheever, Lawrence O. “The History of John Morrell & Co.” Morrell Magazine 24 (1947): 1-283.

History of the Ottumwa-based meat packing company. This work was published as a consecutively paginated insert into each of the twelve issues of the Morrell Magazine for 1947. Reprinted as a book under title The House of Morrell. Cedar Rapids: Torch Press, 1948. 303 p.

 

Cheever, Lawrence O. “John Morrell and Co.” Palimpsest 47 (1966): 145-92.

History of Ottumwa meat-packing company.

 

Deslippe, Dennis A. "Rights, Not Roses:" Unions and the Rise of Working-Class Feminism, 1945-1980. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

 

Deslippe, Dennis A. “We Had an Awful Time With Our Women: Iowa's United Packinghouse Workers of America, 1945-75.” Journal of Women's History 5 (1993): 10-32.

 

Eldridge, Mary Beth. The Rath Packing Company Strike of 1948. Waterloo, 1990. 86 pp.

 

Fehn, Bruce. "The Only Hope We Had: United Packinghouse Workers Local 46 and the Struggle for Racial Equality in Waterloo, Iowa, 1948-1960.” Annals of Iowa 54(1995): 185-216.

 

Fehn, Bruce. “Ruin or Renewal: The United Packinghouse Workers of America and the 1948 Meatpacking Strike in Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 56(1997): 349-378.

 

Fink, Deborah. Cutting Into the Meatpacking Line: Workers and Change in the Rural Midwest. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. 235 pp.

 

Fink, Deborah. “What Kind of Woman Would Work in Meatpacking, Anyway? World War II and the Road to Fair Employment.” Great Plains Research 5 (Fall 1995): 241-62.

 

Foster, T. Henry. The House of Morrell: A Short History. New York: Newcomen Society of England, American Branch, 1945. 24 p.

Meat packing company of Ottumwa.

 

The Fruits of 100 Years, 1827-1927. Ottumwa: John Morrell Co., 1927. 28 p.

The Morrell meat-packing company of Ottumwa.

 

Green, Hardy. On Strike at Hormel: The Struggle for a Democratic Labor Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990. 368 pp.

Includes scattered references to Ottumwa and UFCW Local 431 as well as other Iowa meatpacking plants.

 

Grey, Mark A. “Turning the Pork Industry Upside Down: Storm Lake's Hygrade Work Force and the Impact of the 1981 Plant Closure.” Annals of Iowa 54 (1995): 244-259.

 

Gunn, Christopher. “The Fruits of Rath: A New Model of Self-Management.” Working Papers for a New Society 8 (March-April 1981): 17-21.

The worker buyout of the Rath Pork Packing Company.

 

Hage, Dave and Paul Klauda. No Retreat, No Surrender: Labor’s War at Hormel. New York: W. Morrow, 1989. 398 pp.

Includes scattered references to Ottumwa.

 

Hammans, Charles Wayne. “Direct Packer Buying of Hogs in Iowa.” M.S. thesis, Iowa State College, 1923. 52 p.

Chapter 2, “Early History of Reload Station Development,” 11-15.

 

Horowitz, Roger. “’It Wasn’t a Time to Compromise’: The Unionization of Sioux City’s Packinghouses, 1937-1942.” Annals of Iowa 50 (Fall 1989/Winter 1990): 241-268.

 

Horowitz, Roger. “The Path Not Taken: A Social History of Industrial Unionism in Meatpacking, 1930-1960.” Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990. 780 pp. Includes CIO unionization in Sioux City.

 

Huhn, Lyle K. and Melvin Nasby. “Iowa Packed Meats Find World Market.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1930): 45-7.

John Morrell Company of Ottumwa.

 

Isenhart, Charles. “Hog Heaven or Hell.” Progressive 51 (October 1987): 13.

Oppostition to new IBP plant, Manchester.

 

The Killing Floor [videorecording], a Public Forum Productions, Ltd. production in association with KERA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth; story by Elsa Rassbach; adaptation by Ron Milner; screenplay by Leslie Lee; producer, George Manasse; directed by Bill Duke. New York, NY: Kino on Video, 1997. 118 minutes.

 

Lund, Doniver A. and V. Allen Krejci. The Hormel Legacy: 100 Years of Quality. Austin, MN: Geo. A. Hormel & Co., 1991. 231 pp.

 

McCarty, Harold Hull and C. W. Thompson. Meat Packing in Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1933. 138 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No. 12).

 

“The Meat Industry in Iowa: Plant of T. M. Sinclair & Co., Ltd.” Iowa Factories 1 (April 1912): 5-9.

 

Montgomery, R. Ames. Thomas D. Foster, 1847-1915: A Biography. Cedar Rapids: Torch Press, 1930. 284 p.

Manager of John Morrell & Company enterprises in the United States, and founder of the Ottumwa Morrell meat packing plant.

 

Naumann, Molly M. and Brian Schultes.  An Intensive Level Architectural and Historical Survey of the John Morrell and Company Meat Packing Plant, Ottumwa, Iowa. N.p.,1991. 124 pp.

 

Parson, Geoffrey, Jr. and Robert M. Yoder. Waterloo Packer: The Story of the Rath Packing Company. Waterloo: Rath Packing Co., 1941. 23 p.

 

Redmon, Gene, Chuck Mueller, and Gene Daniels. “A Lost Dream: Worker Control at Rath Packing.” Labor Research Review 6 (Spring 1985): 4-23.

UFCW Local 46 and meatpacking firm, Waterloo, 1978-1984.

 

Rhodes, Richard. The Inland Ground: An Evocation of the American Middle West. New York: Atheneum, 1970. 351 pp.

Chapter ten, “Watching the Animals,” the I-D Packing Company of Des Moines.

 

Sacks, Newton. “Meat Packing Industry in Iowa.” Iowa Transit 43 (Dec.1938): 9, 11.

 

Sklar, Susan. “An Experiment in Worker Ownership.” Dissent 29 (1982): 61-70.

The worker buyout of the Rath Pork Packing Company of Waterloo, 1978-1982.

 

Squire, Catherine A. “Transforming People and an Organization: Transition to Employee Ownership and Democratic Management at the Rath Packing Company, 1979-1982.” M.S. thesis, Cornell University, 1989. 230 pp.

 

Stromquist, Shelton and Marvin Bergman, ed. Unionizing the Jungles:  Labor and Community in the Twentieth-Century Meatpacking Industry. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1997. 272 pp.

 

Tinstman, Dale C., and Robert L. Peterson. Iowa Beef Processors, Inc.: An Entire Industry Revolutionized! Newcomen Publication, 1137. New York: Newcomen Society in North America, 1981. 17 pp.

 

Walsh, Margaret. The Rise of the Midwestern Meat Packing Industry. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1982. 182 pp.

Contains much Iowa material.

 

Warren, Wilson J. “Evangelical Paternalism and Divided Workers: The Nonunion Era at John Morrell and Company in Ottumwa, 1877-1917.” Annals of Iowa 56 (1997): 321-348.

 

Warren, Wilson J. “The Heyday of the CIO in Iowa: Ottumwa's  Meatpacking Workers, 1937-1954.” Annals of Iowa 51(1992): 363-389.

 

Warren, Wilson J. “The Welfare Capitalism of John Morrell and Company, 1922-1937.” Annals of Iowa 47 (1984): 497-517.

Labor management relations at the Ottumwa meat-packing plant.

 

Warren, Wilson J. “When ‘Ottumwa Went to the Dogs’:  The Erosion of Morrell-Ottumwa's Militant Unionism, 1954-1973.” Annals of Iowa 54 (1995): 217-243.

 

Woodworth, Warner. “Workers as Bosses.” Social Policy 11 (Jan.-Feb. 1981): 40-45.

The Rath Packing Company of Waterloo, 1978-1981.

 

Welch, F. A. “Iowa’s Meat Packing Industry.” Midland Schools 44 (1929): 149-51.

 

Zieren, Gregory. " ‘If You're Union, You Stick Together’: Cedar Rapids Packinghouse Workers in the CIO.” Palimpsest 76 (1995): 30-48.

 

 

MILLING

 

Ballard David N., Jr. “Nineteenth Century Mills and Milling Industries in Story County, Iowa.” Journal of the Iowa Archaeological Society 31 (1984): 137-90.

 

Birecree, Adrienne Marie. “Decertification: A Case in Point.” Ph.D.diss., University of Notre Dame,1983. 348 pp.

The Clinton Corn Processing strike of 1979-80 and its aftermath.

 

Bjornson, Barbara. “A Sweet Success Story.” Iowan 25 (Winter 1976): 18-22.

Waconia Sorghum Company of Cedar Rapids.

 

Braga, Jesse. Benson’s or Union Roller Mills, Union, Iowa, Hardin County. Union, 1976. 42 pp.

 

Douglas, Virginia Elinor. “The Relative Degree of Cyclic Change in Iowa and the Nation As Measured by Comparable Business Indexes, 1923-1931.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1934. 77 p.

Milling in Iowa, 1870-1900.

 

Durst, Godfrey. “The Story of Iowa’s Early Flour Mills.” Iowa Factories 2 (May 1913): 6-8.

 

Fantasia, Rick. “The Strike as Emergent Culture: Community and Collective Action.” In Cultures of Solidarity: Consciousness, Action, and Contemporary American Workers, 180-225. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Clinton Corn Processing Co. strike, 1979-80.

 

“Hill’s Mills.” Annals of Iowa 37 (1964): 457-58.

William and Thomas Hill, early millers of Linn County.

 

An Injury to One Is an Injury to All; One Year of Our Lives: The Clinton Corn Strike, 1979-1980. Clinton, 1980. 36 pp.

History of the strike against the Clinton Corn Processing Company.

 

Miller, John V., Jr. “The Iowa Powder Mills of E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, 1888-1901: A Study of Powder Mill Location and Operation in the Late Nineteenth Century.” M.A. thesis, University of Delaware, 1965. 135 pp.

Plant near Keokuk.

 

“Mills and Elevators, Boone County and Surrounding Counties.” Trail Tales 39-40 (1981): 4-122.

 

Muyskens, Joan. “The Old Flour Mill.” Annals of Iowa 38 (1966): 396-97.

The Des Moines Roller Mill, flour mill operated c. 1893-1917.

 

Schwarz, Geraldine. “A Miller’s tale of True Grist.” Annals of Iowa 43 (1976): 207-12.

A trip in 1917 by miller Herman Lidke to buy millstones.

 

Soike, Lowell J., and John P. Zeller. “A New York Venture in Northwest Iowa: The Iselins Build a Mill.” Palimpsest 70 (Fall 1989): 126-38.

 

Steen, Herman. Flour Milling in America. Minneapolis: T.S. Denison, 1963. 455 pp. “Iowa,” pp. 207-9.

Brief history of some Iowa flour mills.

 

Steimel, Karen. “Corn Processing in Iowa—How Sweet It Is.” Iowa REC News 39 (Nov.1985): 16-19.

ADM Corn Sweeteners of Cedar Rapids.

 

Swisher, Jacob A. “Iowa-Land of Many Mills.” Palimpsest 42 (1961): 1-32.

Nineteenth-century flour mills.

 

Wolf, W.W. The Corn Starch Saga and Its Impact on the History of Keokuk, Being a “Capsule” Account of the Origin and the Activities of a Family, a Man, a Company, and the Utility of a Great Natural Product–Corn. Keokuk: Hill Printing Co., 1973. 72 pp. Centennial ed., 1981. 79 pp.

John C. Hubdinger and his company in turn-of-the-century Keokuk.

 

 

MINING

 

Agnew, Allen F. and Allen V. Heyl, Jr. “Recent Developments in the Wisconsin-Illinois-Iowa Lead-Zinc District.” Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science 53 (1946): 225-31.

 

“An Iowa Coal Town Circa 1900.” Iowa REC News 33 (July 1979): 12-13. Buxton.

 

Bennett, Gerald D., and Charlotte A. Bennett. “The Bennett Mine, One of the Snake Creek Coal Mines, Greene County, Iowa.” Trail Tales 43 (1982): 2-9.

 

Beyer, S. W. “Coal Statistics.” Iowa Geological Survey. Annual Report 19 (1908): 591-7.

1840-1908.

 

Bischoff, Harold L. “Clayton’s Silica Mine.” Palimpsest 55 (1974): 84-95.

Silica mining in Clayton County since 1878.

 

Booth, Harry; Kelso, Paul, interviewer; Merle Davis, editor. "You Got to Go Ahead and Get Killed: Lost Creek Remembered.” Palimpsest  71 (1990): 118-125.

 

“Brief History of Local Union No. 869, U.M.W. of A.” Trail Tales 36 (1980): 70-76.

 

Clutter, Bertley A., III. “The Impact of Coal Mining on Mahaska and Keokuk Counties, 1875-1900.” M.A. thesis, Eastern Michigan University, 1973. 128 pp.

 

“Coal Mining in the Ogden Area.” Trail Tales 36 (1980): 64-69.

 

“Coal Renaissance Comes to Southern Iowa Farm Lands.” Coal Age 83 (1978): 116-17.

 

Davis, Merle. “Horror at Lost Creek: A 1902 Coal Mine Disaster.” Palimpsest 71 (1990): 98-117.

 

Dick, Robert Irving. “The Coal Fields of South Central Iowa.” M.S. thesis, University of Iowa, 1913. 45 p.

 

Furnish, William M. “Cedar Valley Quarries.” Cedar County Historical Review (1977): 12-31.

 

Hershey, H. Garland. “Mineral Production in Iowa for 1939 and 1940.” Iowa Geological Survey. Annual Report 38 (1940-1): 423-55.

 

Hershey, H. Garland.  “Mineral Production in Iowa for the Years 1933-1938.” Iowa Geological Survey. Annual Report 38 (1940-1): 375-445.

 

Hershey, H. Garland.  “A Summary of Mineral Production in Iowa, 1895-1938.” Iowa Geological Survey. Annual Report 37 (1934-9): 447-74.

 

Hoffmann, Phil. “The Lost Creek Disaster.” Palimpsest 26 (1945): 21-7.

Coal mine disaster in Mahaska County in 1902.

 

Howes, Mary R., Matthew A. Culp and Helene Greenburg. Abandoned Underground Coal Mines of Des Moines, Iowa, and Vicinity. Iowa Geological Survey Technical Paper, no. 8 Iowa City: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 1989. 92 pp.

 

Johnson, Cynthia Jean. “A New Life: The Iowa Coal Mines.” Palimpsest 56 (1975): 56-64.

Interview with John Corso, immigrant from Italy in 1914, who worked all his life in the coal mines of Appanoose County.

 

Johnson, David V. “History of Mining in Madrid, Iowa.” Trail Tales 36 (1980): 53-63.

 

Jones, Donald C. “The Last of a Vanishing Breed.” Coal Mining and Processing (May 1970): 28-32.

New Gladstone mine in Iowa, the last mine to use an old-style mining technique called “advancing longwall.”

 

Kay, George F. “The First Coal-Washing Plant in Iowa.” Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science 22 (1915): 225-7.

At Lakonta in Mahaska County.

 

Keyes, Charles R. “Historical Sketch of Mining.” Iowa Geological Survey. Annual Report 22 (1913): 89-121.

 

Koch, Donald L. “Iowa’s Mineral Resources.” In Status of Natural Resources in Iowa, 1984, 34-50. Des Moines: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, 1984.

Includes history of mining in Iowa.

 

Kornfeld, J. A. “Iowa’s First Oil Well May Spur Three-State Play.” World Oil 156 (April 1963): 137-39.

 

Lees, James Henry. “History of Coal Mining in Iowa.” Iowa Geological Survey. Annual Report 19 (1908): 521-88.

 

Landis, Thomas Donald. “A History of Monroe County, Iowa, as a Coal Mining Center.” M.A. thesis, Northeast Missouri State University, 1963. 153 pp.

 

Lees, James Henry. “History of Coal Mining in Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 29 (1947): 61-3.

 

Ludvigson, Greg A., and James A. Dockal. “Lead and Zinc Mining in the Dubuque Area.” Iowa Geology 9 (1984): 4-9.

 

McKenzie, Helon and Melvin Nasby. “Black Diamonds in Iowa.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1930): 5-7.

Coal mining in Iowa.

 

McVay, Audrey M., and Larry Adams. “Some Further Reflections on Coal Mining.” Trail Tales 36 (1980): 77-80.

 

Madsen, Michael A. “Coal Mining and Coal Resources in Boone County and Story County, Iowa.” Trail Tales 36 (1980): 5-43.

 

Marshall, Lawrence G. Mining Methods and Costs, Iowa Gypsum Deposits. U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 7909. Washington, D.C., 1959. 23 pp.

Covers Webster and Appanoose counties, 1848-1958.

 

Mueller, Dwain. “When Coal Was King.” Iowan 24 (Fall 1975): 45-52.

Coal mining industry at What Cheer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

 

Olin, Hubert L. Coal Mining in Iowa. Des Moines: State of Iowa, 1965. 96 pp.

History of the industry.

 

Ollivier, Lois Marie. “When the Whistle Blew.” Palimpsest 22 (1941): 112-18.

Mine accident in Monroe County on January 17, 1908.

 

“Ottumwa Gold Rush.” Iowan 2 (Dec.1953-Jan.1954): 40.

Report of finding gold on Bear Creek near Ottumwa, and the subsequent excitement in 1881.

 

Pestotnik, Joe. “Fifty Years of Coal Mining.” Trail Tales 36 (1980): 49-52.

Coal mining in Boone County in the first half of the twentieth century.

 

Petersen, William J. “Forecasters of Quarrying.” Palimpsest 38 (1957): 205-8.

Early writers on the prospects for quarries in Iowa.

 

Petty, Paul and Lyle K. Huhn. “Iowa Cement and Clay Products Are Nationally Known.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1930): 78-9, 96.

 

“Pioneer Coal Operators.” Trail Tales 31(1978): 21-22. Early Boone County coal mining.

 

Pratt, LeRoy G. Polk County Coal Mines. Des Moines: Polk County Historical Society, 1974. 22 pp.

List of Polk County’s coal companies and mines, together with brief histories.

 

Pride, H. E. Iowa Coal. Ames: Engineering Extension Department, Iowa State College, 1920. 32 p. (Bulletin of the Engineering Extension Department, No. 48).

Includes a survey of the history of coal mining in Iowa.

 

Radebaugh, Harold. “Memoirs of the Keystone Mine.” Trail Tales 43 (1982): 9-11.

 

Rodenborn, Leo V. A History of the Gypsum Industry, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa: Marking Centennial of the Gypsum Industry in Fort Dodge, Iowa…1872-1972. Fort Dodge: Messenger Printing Co., 1972. 125 pp.

 

Rutland, Robert. “The Mining Camps of Iowa: Faded Sources of Hawkeye History.” Iowa Journal of History 54 (1956): 35-42.

 

Schwieder, Dorothy. Black Diamonds: Life and Work in Iowa’s Coal Mining Communities, 1895-1925. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1983. 203pp.

 

Schwieder, Dorothy. Iowa’s Coal Mining Heritage; Including Supplementary Material for the Film “The Last Pony Mine.”  Des Moines: Department of Mines and Minerals, State Mining Board, 1973. 39 pp.

 

Schwieder, Dorothy. “The Last Pony Mine: The Closing of the New Gladstone.” Iowan 21 (Winter 1972): 29-33.

The closing, in March 1971, of the last pony mine in the United States, located in Appanoose County.

 

Schwieder, Dorothy. “A Social and Economic Study of Iowa’s Coal Mining Population, 1895-1925.” Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1981. 320 pp.

 

Stahlman, Manzella Groth. “History of the Iowa Coal Industry.” M.S. thesis, Iowa State College, 1938. 55 p.

 

Stolp, Richard N., and F. P. DeLuca. Perspectives on Iowa Coal. Ames: Energy and Mineral Resources Research Institute, Iowa State University, 1976. 66 pp.

 

Swisher, Jacob A. “Mining in Iowa.” Iowa Journal of History and Politics 43 (1945): 305-56.

 

“They Weren’t Pyramids After All.” Iowa Magazine 1 (April-May 1917): 9, 47-9.

Iowa’s coal industry.

 

Thomas, Morgan. “Pioneer Coal Operators.” Annals of Iowa 33 (1955):118-27.

 

Wagoner, Levi. “Excitement over Jackson County Gold Finds in 1859.” Annals of Jackson County, Iowa 3 (1906): 43-4.

 

Welch, F. A. “Cement and Gypsum Products of Iowa.” Midland Schools 44 (1930): 245-7.

 

“When They Found Gold on Honey Creek?” Community Visitor (Boone) 1 (April 1930): 14; (May 1930): 9, 13, 15.

The discovery of coal and other minerals in Boone County, 1856-1889.

 

White, John P. “Rise and Progress of the Miners’ Organization.” Midwestern 5 (Oct. 1910): 58-60.

 

 

PRINTING TRADES

 

“Calendar’s Cradle.”  Iowan 1 (Dec. 1952-Jan. 1953): 23-26, 41-42.

Historical sketch of the Thomas D. Murphy Company of Red Oak, established 1889, creators of the modern advertising calendar.

 

Hubbard, Elbert. A Little Journey to the Thos. D. Murphy Company. Red Oak: Murphy Press, 1912. 29 p.

Art calendar company of Red Oak.

 

Liebold, M. E. “Bookbinding in Iowa.” Midland Schools 44 (1929): 60.

The Hertzberg Bindery of Des Moines.

 

“One Thing Well Done.” Iowa Factories 1 (July 1912): 12-18.

The Thomas D. Murphy Company of Red Oak.

 

Purcell, L. Edward. “Art and Advertising: The Tho. D. Murphy Company of Red Oak.” Palimpsest 57 (1976): 162-73.

Advertising and art calendar company of Red Oak at the turn of the century.

 

Robbins, Edwin Clyde. “The Printers in Cedar Rapids: A Study in Organized Labor.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1912. 179 p.

 

Walker, Michael. “A Better Home for Meredith.” Iowan 30 (Winter 1981): 26-33, 53.

History and future of Meredith Corporation of Des Moines.

 

Wallace, Wanda, and Irving Wallace. “Here Comes the Show.” Iowan 3 (Feb.-March 1955): 8-9, 44.

The Central Show Printing Company of Mason City, one of the world’s largest circus poster plants.

 

 

RAILROADS

 

“The Bettendorf Industry at Bettendorf, Iowa.” Rock Island Magazine 17 (Oct 1922): 92-6.

The history of the Bettendorf Company, manufacturers of railway equipment.

 

“Bettendorf Steel Car Works.” Iowa Factories 1 (Feb. 1912): 24-32.

Manufacturers of railway cars.

 

Bloom, Clark C. and Karl Scheld. “Location of Retail Activity in Iowa, 1939-1953.” Iowa Business Digest 26 (December 1955): 1-5.

 

Craig, James Thomas. “The ‘Big Strike’ at Oelwein Shops: Chicago Great Western in Receivership with Subsequent Reorganization, 1907-1909.” Annals of Iowa 28 (1946): 116-38.

 

Daasch, Francis and Melvin Nasby. “Iowa-Manufactured Industrial Locomotives at Work in Every Civilized Country.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1931): 114-16.

The Davenport Locomotive Works.

 

Peterson, Lawrence L. “An Historical Study of Iowa Intra-State Rates.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1928. 78 p.

Railroad rates.

 

Wortman, Allen. “An Early Industry in Mills County: Ballast Burning.” Palimpsest 65 (1984): 214-23.

The preparation of roadbed material for railroads in the 1880s.

 

 

RETAIL TRADE

 

Bloom, Clark, and M. Jarvin Emerson. “Trends in Retail Employment in Iowa, 1948-1958.” Iowa Business Digest 31 (July 1960): 1-7.

 

Johnson, Robert H. “Trends of Retail Distribution in Iowa, 1929-1935.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1937. 118 p.

 

Knoke, William A. “Retailing in Iowa.” Iowa Business Digest (Feb 1958): 26-31.

Retailing trends in Iowa, 1948-1954.

 

Konopa, Leonard J. “Retail Trade Changes in Iowa, 1958-1963.” Iowa Business Digest 36 (Nov 1965): 3-9.

 

Konopa, Leonard J. “Shifts in Retailing.” Iowa Business Digest 32 (Dec 1961): 5-8, 11.

Retail sales in Iowa, 1948-1958.

 

Pollock, Vernon O. “A Study of Variation in Retail Trade in Counties of Iowa, 1934-1936, As Indicated by Sales Tax Returns.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1937. 91 p.

 

Redmond, Cleve, and Willis Goudy. Iowa’s Retail Trade Establishments, 1954-1982. Ames: Cooperative Extension Service, Iowa State University, 1986. 6 pp.

 

Roussos, Dean S. “A Study of Changes in Retail Sales Patterns by City Size Classes.” In Urban Responses to Agricultural Change, edited by Clyde F. Kohn, 141-49. Iowa City: State University of Iowa, 1961.

1948-1954.

 

 

SEED COMPANIES

 

Birkby, Bob, and Janice Nahra Friedel. “Henry, Himself.” Palimpsest 64 (1983): 150-64, 169.

Henry Field, founder and president of the Henry Field Seed Company of Shenandoah.

 

Casady, Simon. A Review of the Development of Pioneer Seed Corn and Hy-Line Chicks. N.p., 1955.

 

Garst, Roswell. 40 Exciting Years, 1930-1970: A History of the Garst and Thomas Hybrid Corn Company. Coon Rapids: Garst and Thomas Hybrid Corn Co., 1970. 16 pp.

 

Hamilton, Carl. “A Hybrid Partnership.” Iowan 32 (Fall 1983): 32.

Roswell Garst and Charles Thomas, cofounders of the Garst and Thomas Hybrid Corn Company in 1930.

 

“Henry Field’s 1929 Spring Catalog.” Field’s Family Magazine 1 (Dec. 1951): 32-4.

The Henry Field Seed Company of Shenandoah.

 

A History of Pioneer’s First Ten Years. Des Moines: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, 1979. 66 pp.

 

Jarnigan, Robert A. “The Men Who Made Pioneer.” Iowan 28 (Fall 1979): 16-23, 51.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International of Des Moines and the Wallace family.

 

 

 

TIRE INDUSTRY

 

Hutchinson, Don. “Making Auto Tires–in Iowa.” Iowa Magazine 3 (April 1919): 18-20, 24, 26-7.

Perfection Tire & Rubber Company of Fort Madison.

 

“Making Auto Tires in Iowa.” Iowa Magazine 3 (Oct.-Nov. 1919): 15-16, 46, 48.

The Hawkeye Tire and Rubber Company of Des Moines.

 

 

WASHING MACHINE INDUSTRY

 

“Big Frog in a Small Pond.” Kiplinger Magazine: The Changing Times 2 (Aug. 1948): 34-6.

Fred Maytag II, president of Maytag Company of Newton.

 

Ferris, Raymond H. “F. L. Maytag.” American German Review 24 (June-July 1958): 17-19.

Founder of Maytag Co., Newton.

 

Harnack, Curtis. “Maytag–New Life in an Old Firm.” Iowan 4 (Oct.-Nov.1955): 28-33, 52.

The Maytag Company of Newton.

 

“It Happened in Newton.” Christian Century 55 (1938): 1006-7. The 1938 Maytag strike.

 

Kinnard, Owen Young. “Crisis in Iowa: The Maytag Strike.” Dynamic America 7 (Nov. 1938): 7-12.

 

Matles, James J., and James Higgins. Them and Us: Struggle of a Rank-and-File Union. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1974. 311 pp.

Chapter seven, “Company Town in Iowa,” 89-100, covers the Maytag strike in Newton, 1938.

 

“Maytag Hangs Its Wash on a Hometown Line.” Business Week (10 April 1965):174, 176, 178.

History and management of Maytag of Newton.

 

“Mr. Maytag.” Life 27 (Dec. 19, 1949): 71-9.

Fred Maytag II, president of Maytag Corporation.

 

“One Minute Manufacturing Company.” Iowa Factories 1 (Sept. 1912): 10-14.

Washing machine company in Newton.

 

Petty, Paul and Frank Marek. “Iowa Washing Machines Clean Clothes in Every Nation.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1931): 139-40, 150.

The Maytag Company of Newton.

 

Ratcliff, Roger W. “An Inquiry into the 1938 Strike at the Maytag Company, Newton, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, Drake University, 1964. 105 pp.

 

Severson, Donna Mae. “Development of the Union-Management Relations of the Maytag Company.” M.B.A. thesis, University of Alabama, 1950. 142 p.

 

Sheets, George N. The Thinker Who Turned Work into Play: A Tribute to Wm. H. Voss. Davenport: Davenport Democrat, 1918? 23 p.

William H. Voss, president of Voss Brothers Manufacturing Co., and inventor of the washing machine.

 

Smith, Thomas R. Farewell to Maytag Research. Newton, 1974. 22 pp.

Memoirs of an employee of Maytag’s Research Division from 1926 to 1974.

 

Smith, Thomas R. The Model E. Newton: Tamazunchale Press, 1984. 86 pp.

This miniature book is a history of the Maytag wringer washing machine.

 

Swisher, Jacob A. “The Evolution of Wash Day.” Iowa Journal of History and Politics 38 (1940): 3-49.

The washing machine industry in Iowa.

 

Tone, Mary Hutchison. “There’s Something New in the Wash at Maytag.” Iowan 34 (Fall 1985): 22-26, 45-47.

 

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Story of the Maytag Company, Newton, Iowa. Newton: Maytag Co., 1945. 47 p.

 

 

IOWA TOPICS:

 

KELLY'S ARMY

 

Beitz, Ruth S. “Across Iowa with Jack London.” Iowan 9 (Dec.1960-Jan.1961): 38-43.  1894 trek across Iowa en route to Washington, D.C., with “Kelly’s Army” of unemployed workers.

 

Hubbard, N. M. and James B. Weaver. “The Invasion of Iowa: Two Radically Differing Views of the So-Called Industrial Army.” Midland Monthly 1 (1894): 588-94.

Kelly’s Industrial Army in Iowa in 1894.

 

Langford, Norma Jane. “Kelly’s Army.” Iowan 18 (Summer 1970): 26-29, 52.

March of unemployed workers through Iowa in 1894, en route to Washington, D.C.

 

London, Jack. Jack London on the Road: The Tramp Diary and Other Hobo Writings. Edited by Richard W. Etulain. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1979. 209 pp.

Pp. 40-54 contain entries from London’s diary concerning his march through Iowa with Kelly’s Army in 1894.

 

London, Jack. “The March of Kelly’s Army: The Story of an Extraordinary Migration.” Cosmopolitan Magazine 43 (1907): 643-8.

An account of the author’s march through Iowa with an army of the unemployed.

 

London, Jack. The Road. New York: Macmillan, 1907. 224 p.

“Two Thousand Stiffs,” 175-95, is London’s account of the march of Kelly’s Army across Iowa in 1894.

 

London, Jack. “Tramping with Kelly through Iowa: A Jack London Diary.” Palimpsest 7 (1926): 129-58. Reprinted in Palimpsest 52 (1971): 316-46. Excerpts from a diary kept by London in 1894 when he was with Kelly’s Army in Iowa.

 

McMurry, Donald L. Coxey’s Army: A Study of the Industrial Army Movement of 1894. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1929. 331 p.

Chapter 8, “Kelly’s Army–from San Francisco to Iowa,” 149-72, and Chapter 9, “Through Iowa and on to Washington,” 173-96.

 

McMurry, Donald L. “Kelly’s Army.” Palimpsest 4 (1923): 325-45.

An army of the unemployed led by General Charles T. Kelly, and its march across Iowa in 1894.

 

“Memories of Industrial Distress.” Annals of Iowa 11 (1913): 67-9.

Kelly’s Industrial Army in Iowa.

 

Petersen, William J. “Jack London and Kelly’s Army.” Palimpsest 52 (1971): 289-315. “Kelly’s Industrial Army” of unemployed workers in Iowa in 1894.

 

Stetson, H. L. “The Industrial Army.” Independent 46 (1894): 681. Kelly’s Army in Des Moines.

 

Schwantes, Carlos A. “Soldiers of Misfortune.” Part 1, “Iowa Railroads versus Kelly’s Army of the Unemployed in 1894.” Annals of Iowa 46 (1983): 487-509, Part 2, “Jack London, Kelly’s Army and the Struggle for Survival in Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 46 (1983): 567-92.

 

 

JOHN L. LEWIS

 

Alinsky, Saul. John L. Lewis, an Unauthorized Biography. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1949. 387 pp.

Chapter 2, “John Llewellyn Lewis,” 14-35. Pages 14-21 describe his early life in Iowa.

 

Carnes, Cecil.  John L. Lewis, Leader of Labor.  New York: Robert Speller Publishing Corp., 1936. 331 p.

Chapters 1 and 2, pages 1-18, include some information about his early years in Lucas.

 

Wechsler, James A. Labor Baron: A Portrait of John L. Lewis. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1944. 278 p.

Chapter 2, “Family Album,” 13-19, contains some information about his early life in Lucas and Des Moines.

 

 

SCHAEFFER PEN COMPANY

 

Burns, Bernice. “Sheaffer Points the Way.” Iowan 6 (Oct.-Nov. 1957): 28-31, 44.

Sheaffer Pen Company of Fort Madison.

 

Petersen, William J. “The W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co.” Palimpsest 33 (1952): 257-88.

The Fort Madison company and its founder, Walter A. Sheaffer.

 

Sheaffer, Walter A. Life Story of W. A. Sheaffer. N.p., 1940. 71 p.

Founder of the Sheaffer Pen Company of Fort Madison.

 

W. A. Sheaffer Pen Company: Fifty Years of Progress, 1913-1963. Fort Madison, 1963. 11 pp.

 

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ECONOMIC, BUSINESS, and INDUSTRIAL HISTORY – GENERAL (pre-1952)

 

“Ames Engineers and Iowa Industries.” Alumnus (Iowa State College) 8 (Dec. 1912): 60-73.

 

Annual Trade Review of the Ottumwa Courier. Ottumwa: Ottumwa Courier, 1893. 76 p.

Contains considerable business and industrial history.

 

Barr, G.Walter. “The Wizardry of Metals Is at Keokuk.” Iowa Magazine 1 (Oct. 1917): 9-12.

The metallurgical industry in Keokuk.

 

The Book of Iowa, from Iowa’s Industrial Survey. Des Moines: State of Iowa, 1932. 268 p.

Portrait of Iowa’s agricultural and industrial condition in 1932.

 

Bowen, Howard. Iowa Income: 1909-1934. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1935. 122 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No. 14).

 

Brindley, John E. and Truman W. Manning. Iowa As a Manufacturing State. Ames: Iowa State College, 1926. 32 p. (Iowa Engineering Experiment Station Bulletin No. 78).

 

Burrows, J. M. D. “Ventures in Wheat.” Palimpsest 4 (1923): 53-62.

Speculation in wheat in Davenport in 1845. Excerpted from the author’s Fifty Years in Iowa.

 

“Business Men of Maquoketa in 1857.” Annals of Jackson County, Iowa (1905): 19-20.

 

Cedar Rapids of Today. Cedar Rapids, 1904. 36 p.

History of many Cedar Rapids businesses.

 

Christensen, Thomas P. “An Industrial History of Scott County: The Middle Period, 1865-1900.” Annals of Iowa 22 (1940): 257-311.

 

Christensen, Thomas P. “An Industrial History of Scott County: The Pioneer Period, 1833-1865.” Annals of Iowa 22 (1939): 85-127.

 

Christensen, Thomas P. “An Industrial History of Scott County: The Twentieth Century, 1900-1936.” Annals of Iowa 22 (1940): 343-91.

 

Citizens’ Association. Davenport: Manufacturing Facilities and Business Wants. Davenport: Gazette Co., 1874. 32 p.

 

Davenport Business Men’s Association. Davenport: Some of Its Advantages for Business, Residence, and Investment. Davenport: Egbert, Fidlar, and Chambers, 1890. 20 p.

 

Davies, George Reginald, et al. Business Activity in Iowa, 1925-1935. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1935. 52 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No. 15).

 

Davies, George Reginald and G. W. Mitchell. Business Activity in Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1928. 53 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No. 4).

1890-1928.

 

Fifty Golden Years: Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, 1888-1938. Des Moines, 1938. 23 p.

 

“The Financial Growth of Davenport.” Northwestern Banker 20 (June 1915): 7-10, 13-14.

 

“The Financial Growth of Waterloo.” Northwestern Banker 21 (June 1916): 7-10, 13.

 

Gwynne, John W. “Industry and Commerce.” Congressional Record 92 (July 15, 1946): 9041-2. Address given in the House of Representatives on the occasion of the centennial of statehood. Reprinted in Iowa Centennial: 100 Years of Progress, 1846-1946, 16-17. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1946.

 

Halloran, Joan. “Changes in Business Services in a Selected Group of Small Towns in Iowa, 1920 to 1935.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1937. 64 p.

 

Hammill, John. “Why Iowa Is Thriving.” Rock Island Magazine 22 (Nov. 1927): 32-5.

 

Henry, John M. “Tall Corn Has Unsung Rivals in Iowa.” Nation’s Business 18 (Aug. 1930): 20-4, 93-4.

Industrial output in Iowa.

 

Hoadley, Ruth L. Industrial Growth of Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1928. 100 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No. 2). 1850-1925.

 

Horack, Frank E. “Some Phases of Corporate Regulation in the Territory of Iowa.” Iowa Journal of History and Politics 2 (1904): 381-93, 485-519. Reprinted as a booklet, 1904. 50 p.

 

Iowa Industrial and Defense Commission. Iowa: Land of Industrial Opportunity. Des Moines, 1950.

 

“Iowa’s Amazing Financial Growth.” Northwestern Banker 16 (Aug. 1911): 7-8.

1901-1911.

 

Johnson, Robert H. An Analysis of Iowa Income Payments by Counties. Iowa City: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Iowa, 1950. 68 p. (Studies in Business and Economics, No. 1).

Income of Iowans, 1939-1947.

 

Johnson, Robert H. and Norman H. Ringstrom, Jr. “The Significance of Manufacturing in the Iowa Economy.” Iowa Business Digest 21 (April 1950): 1-4.

1899-1949.

 

“Johnson County Manufactures.” In Year Book of the Old Settlers’ Association, Johnson County, Iowa, 1923-1924, 24-5. Iowa City, 1924.

 

Keyes, Charles. “Calvin Webb Keyes, Iowa Centenarian.” Annals of Iowa 13 (1922): 193-216.

Early Des Moines businessman (1823-1920).

 

Lauria, Mickey. “Toward a Specification of the Local State: State Intervention Strategies in Response to a Manufacturing Plant Closure.” Antipode [Great Britain] 18 (1986): 39-63.

 

Letts, Ralph Marston. “The Development of Manufacturing Industries in Council Bluffs, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1937. 54 p.

 

Logan, Guy E. “Iowa’s Place in Manufacturing.” Midland Schools 44 (1929): 8-9.

 

McCarty, Harold Hull. Manufacturing Trends in Iowa. Iowa City: College of Commerce, University of Iowa, 1930. 79 p. (Iowa Studies in Business, No. 8).

 

McCarty, Harold Hull. “Recent Changes in the Location of Manufacturing Industries in the United States, with Special Reference to Iowa.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1929. 175 p.

Part 2, “The Development of Manufacturing in Iowa,” 88-174. 1914-1927.

 

MacMillan, John W. “A History of Mason City’s Older Industries.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1936. 52 p.

 

“The Manufacturing Industries of Iowa.” Iowa Factories 4 (Sept. 1915): 14-15.

 

Maynard, S. B. “Where the Farmer and Merchant Meet–and How.” American City (Town and Country Edition) 12 (1915): 477-9.

The Commercial Association of Hampton.

 

Melvin, Ernest Eugene. “Locational Factors in the Industrial Development of Burlington, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, Syracuse University, 1949. 108 p.

 

Miller, A. C. “Handling the Panic of 1907.” Annals of Iowa 8 (1908): 536-42.

 

Mills, Frank M. “Early Commercial Travelling in Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 11 (1914): 328-35. Author’s commercial ventures, 1856-1869.

 

Nelson, Howard Joseph. “The Economic Development of Des Moines.” Iowa Journal of History 48 (1950): 193-220.

 

Nelson, Howard Joseph. “Localization of Manufacturing in Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Chicago, 1947. 115 p.

 

“Oskaloosa vs. the United States.” Fortune 17 (April 1938): 55-62, 124, 127-8, 130, 132.

Description and analysis of economic life in Oskaloosa.

 

“Other Iowa City Merchants.” In Iowa City Republican Semi-Centennial Edition, 28-39, 44-6, 49-50. Iowa City: Republican Co., 1890.

 

Petersen, William J. “Business and Industry.” Palimpsest 19 (1938): 133-45.

Iowa in 1838.

 

Reid, Margaret G. and Virginia Britton. “Iowa Incomes As Reported in Income Tax Returns.” Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station Research Bulletin 236 (1938): 114-189.

1927-1934.

 

Ringstrom, Norman H., Jr. “Selected Trends in Iowa Manufacturing Industries.” Iowa Business Digest 21 (Nov. 1950): 1-3, 6-7.

1899-1947.

 

Ringstrom, Norman H., Jr. Selected Trends in Iowa Manufacturing Industries. Iowa City: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Iowa, 1951. 44 p. (Studies In Business and Economics, n.s., No. 2). 1929-1947.

 

Robinson, Ed. “The How of Commercial Fishing on the Mississippi.” Iowa Conservationist 5 (1946): 92.

 

Rogers, Don Clifford. “The Relationship Between Iowa Teachers’ Salaries, Laborers’ Wages and the Cost of Living, 1913 to 1921.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1921. 144 p.

 

Scott, Glenn A. “An Index of Business Activity in Iowa, 1923 to 1937, Based upon All the Pertinent Data Now Available, and Constructed by Statistical Methods Recently Refined by National Statistical Agencies.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1937. 92 p.

 

Shaw, L. Lloyd. The Industries of Dubuque: Her Relations As a Trade Center. Dubuque: J. M. Elstner & Co., 1887. 129 p.

 

Shellabarger, L. C. “Frozen Food Locker Plants.” Iowa Year Book of Agriculture 46 (1945): 120-2.

1936-1945.

 

Sherlock, Chesla C. “Behind Iowa Headlines.” North American Review 237 (1934): 365-75.

The effects of the Depression in Marshall County.

 

Smith, Alonzo Haradti, Jr. “An Ecological Study of Juvenile Delinquency in Davenport, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1951. 71 p.

Chapter 2, “The Socio-Economic History of Davenport,” 13-31.

 

Spaulding, F. E. “The Manufacturing Industries of Iowa.” Iowa Factories 1 (Jan. 1912): 15, 34, 36, 38; (Feb. 1912): 18-19, 50, 52; (Mar. 1912): 14, 41, 43.

 

Strack, C. Miller. “The Economic Development of Grundy Center, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1938. 71 p.

 

Thompson, Mabel. “The Economic Development of Independence, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1942. 87 p.

 

Troxel, C. E. Statistics Concerning the Development of Manufacturing Industries in Iowa. Des Moines: Iowa State Planning Board, 1935. 56 p.

1860-1933.

 

Weber, Lola Louise. “An Industrial History of Boone County, Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1935. 70 p.

 

Weitz, Alice. “The Town I Never Knew.” Woman’s Home Companion 63 (April 1936): 32, 147.

The Des Moines business community.

 

Welch, F. A. “A Few Outstanding Iowa Industries.” Midland Schools 44 (1930): 349-51.

 

Welch, F. A. “The Industry of Iowa Ceramics.” Midland Schools 44 (1930): 179-81.

 

Yoder, Wallace O. “Commercial Organizations in Iowa.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1929. 80 p. Especially pages 5-10.

 

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ECONOMIC, BUSINESS, AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY – GENERAL (1952-1986)

 

Anderson, B. Wylie. “The Economic Prophecies of George Evan Roberts.” Annals of Iowa 43 (1976): 362-70.

Iowa journalist and economist, 1859-1948.

 

Ashton, Patrick J. and Iadicola, Peter. “Financial Impact of a Plant Closing on Displaced Blue-Collar and White-Collar Workers.” Labor Studies Journal 13 (1988): 35-57.

 

Atwood, Roy Alden. “Interlocking Newspaper and Telephone Company Directorates in Southeastern Iowa, 1900-1917.” Annals of Iowa 47 (1984): 255-69.

 

Barkley, David L. “Plant Ownership Characteristics and the Locational Stability of Rural Iowa Manufacturers.” Land Economics 54 (February 1978): 92-99.

Iowa rural plant closures, 1965-1975.

 

Baumback, Clifford M. and Clark C. Bloom. “The Economy of Southern Iowa.” Iowa Business Digest 30 (June 1959): 22-30.

Economic history, particularly 1954-1958.

 

Bloom, Clark C. “Manufacturing Activities in Iowa Towns of 2,500-5,000 Population.” Iowa Business Digest 28 (April 1957): 1-3. 1947-1954.

 

Bloom, Clark C., and A. A.  Montgomery. “Industrial Development in Iowa.” Parts 1-3, Iowa Business Digest 26 (May 1955): 7; (June 1955): 7-9,11; (July 1955): 6-8, 10, 12.

1947-1953.

 

Bloom, Clark C., and Theodore E. Newman. “The Iowa Economy in 1954.” Iowa Business Digest 26 (April 1955): 1-3, 6-7.

 

Bloom Clark C. and Howard R. Swaine. “The Location of Manufacturing Activity in Iowa, 1939-1953.” Iowa Business Digest 26 (Aug 1955): 1-6, 10.

 

Bloomquist, Frank W. “An Analysis of the Relationship of Selected Factors to Income Distribution in Iowa, by Counties, 1950.” M.A. thesis, Drake University, 1961. 35 pp.

 

Bonomi, Ferne G. “Commercial Plateau from Spreading Drought.” Iowan 5 (Dec.1956-Jan.1957): 28-31, 42-45.

Busy construction year in the state, 1956.

 

Borg, Eldean. “A Hazard of New Frontiers.” Iowan 7 (April-May 1959): 36-39.

Forest City’s industrial development, 1956-1958.

 

Carlson, Randy. The Breweries of Iowa. Bemidji, Minn.: Arrow Printing, 1985. 103 pp.

An alphabetical list by city of past and present breweries in Iowa, with brief historical notes on each.

 

Cheever, Lawrence O. “Comments on 11 Years.” Palimpsest 48 (1967): 93-96.

Industrial development, 1956-1967.

 

Cheever, Lawrence O. “Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow.” Palimpsest 53 (1972): 225-56.

Historical sketches of a number of Iowa manufacturing firms.

 

“Chemicals Sprout Where the Tall Corn Grows.” Chemical Week 94 (11 April 1964): 44-48.

Growth of the chemical industry in Iowa.

 

Clayton, John J. “The Corydon Way.” Iowan 5 (Feb-March 1957): 16-19.

Origins of some industries in this Iowa town.

 

“A Comparison of Income Produced by Agriculture and by Manufacturing in Iowa.” Iowa Business Digest 27 (Nov 1956): 3-4, 6-7. 1929-1955.

 

Connolly, Deloris H. “Home Weaving, Professional Weaving, and Textile Mills in Southeast Iowa, 1833-1870.” M.S. thesis, Iowa State University, 1982. 177 pp.

 

“The Corn Belt’s Plastic Buckle.” Annals of Iowa 31 (1952): 391-92.

Iowa’s soybean processing industry.

 

Cramer, Dean W. “A History of Manufacturing in Iowa, 1840-1960.” M.A. thesis, Drake University, 1962. 139 pp.

 

Davenport, Jouett, Jr. “Keokuk-Fort Madison Area: An Area with the Basic Components for Growth.” Industrial Development and Manufacturers Record 130 (April 1961): 33-48.

 

Des Moines, Iowa. Chamber of Commerce. The Spirit of 76, or Serving Des Moines for Seventy Six Years, 1888-1964. Des Moines, 1964. 39 pp.

History of the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dodge, Edward N., ed. Business Men of Iowa, a Biographical Cross Section of Commercial, Financial, Industrial, Professional, Agricultural, and Public Life Within the State. Des Moines: Midwest Publications, 1953. 808 pp.

 

Economic and Statistical Review of Iowa, 1950-1965. Iowa City: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Iowa, 1967. 117 pp.

 

Eheman, Christian, and Carol Oliven. “The Iowa Economy in 1965.” Iowa Business Digest 37 (April 1966): 3-12.

 

Erickson, C.J.A. “Pioneer Merchants of Boone County.” Trail Tales 23 (1975): 20-32.

 

Erickson, Leo G. “Wholesaling in Iowa.” Iowa Business Digest 29 (Feb 1958): 17-25.

A comparison of wholesaling and retailing in Iowa, 1929-1954.

 

“Estado de Iowa Is There: Exports from Inland State Go Everywhere from Latin America to Far East.” International Commerce 72 (25 April 1966): 6-7.

 

“The Graphs Go Crazy.” Iowan 4 (Dec 1955-Jan 1956): 37-41, 50.

Iowa business in 1955.

 

Hagen, Vern C. “Iowa Income: Historical, Regional, and National Perspectives.” Iowa Business Digest 35 (Nov 1964): 17-28.

 

Harmel, Robert Mitchell, Jr. “Analysis of Seven Decisions to Locate Industry in Rural Areas of Iowa.” Ph.D. diss., Iowa State University, 1974. 209 pp.

 

Hayes, Edward R. “Iowa Corporations and Partnerships: 1942-1952.” Iowa Law Review 39 (1953): 462-505.

 

Hereema, Douglas L. “The Composition of Economic Activity in Iowa Urban Places.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1963. 95 pp.

1950-1960.

 

Hill, Ronald K. “Iowa.” Industrial Development and Manufacturers Record 131 (July 1962): 17-39.

Industrial growth in Iowa.

 

Hinton, David B. A Place to Grow: Revitalizing Iowa’s Economy. Newton: News Printing Co., 1983. 116 pp.

 

“Iowa.” Industrial Development and Manufacturers Record 128 (April 1959): 17, 20-22, 24-39.

Recent industrial development in Iowa.

 

“Iowa–A State in Economic and Social Transition–A Panel Presentation.” Iowa Business Digest 30 (Dec 1959): 1-11.

 

Iowa Center for Regional Progress. Impact of Industrial Development on Selected Iowa Communities. Des Moines: Iowa Development Commission, 1972. 58 pp.

Industrial development of seven small Iowa cities, 1950-1972.

 

Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. History of the Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. 4 vols. Des Moines: Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, 1946-1970.

1920-1970.

 

“Iowa Industries.” Palimpsest 37 (1956): 233-88.

Photographs and brief descriptions.

 

“Iowa Industries.” Palimpsest 48 (1967): 97-144.

Photographs and brief descriptions.

 

Iowa Retail Clothiers’ Association. Golden Anniversary History, 1904-1954. Des Moines, 1954. 60 pp.

 

“Iowa Smokestacks and the Silos.” Annals of Iowa 31 (1952): 389-90.

Iowa economic conditions in 1947.

 

Jack, Edith. “The Easter Parade in Early Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 32 (April 1955): 612-14. Milliners in nineteenth-century Iowa.

 

Jargo, Steven Martin. “Natural Gas Usage in the State of Iowa, 1964-1973.” M.S. thesis, Iowa State University, 1975. 112 pp.

 

Johnson, Keach. “Iowa’s Industrial Roots, 1890-1910.” Annals of Iowa 44 (1978): 163-90.

 

Johnson, Keach. “Iowa’s Industrial Roots: Some Social and Political Problems.” Annals of Iowa 44 (1978): 247-77.

 

Julius, Marvin. The Economic Base of Iowa’s Region V. Ames: Cooperative Extension Service, 1976. 44 pp.

Economic trends in north central Iowa, 1960-1975.

 

Julius, Marvin. “National, Regional, and State and County Industrial Growth Trends Affecting Rural Area Development in Iowa.” In Papers of the Rural Community Development Seminar: Focus on Iowa, T-1—T-12. Ames: Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, 1972.

 

Latham, Herald. “Iowa.” Industrial Development and Manufacturers Record 133 (July 1964): 65-87.

Recent industrial development in Iowa.

 

Leabo, Dick Albert. “Iowa Income and the Nation’s Total Output.” Iowa Business Digest 24 (Oct 1953): 1-3, 6-7.

Trends in Iowa industrial income, 1929-1952.

 

Leabo, Dick Albert. “A Statistical Analysis of Some Recent Business Patterns for Iowa and Selected Counties.” Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1953. 433 pp.

1939-1951.

 

Lentenk, Barry, Stanley R. Lieber, and Ira Sheshkin. “Consumer Behavior in Different Areas.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 65 (1975): 538-45.

Consumer behavior in food buying in Mexico, Michigan, and Iowa, 1934-1968.

 

McCarney, Bernard J. “The Changing Economic Structure of Fourteen Iowa Counties.” Iowa Business Digest 35 (Aug 1964): 9-22.

1950-1960.

 

McCoy, Eugene Guy. “The Iowa Retail Hardware Association: Its History, Organization, Operation, and Advertising Program.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1952. 102 pp.

 

Malone, F. “Iowa Grain Shippers Help Themselves by Helping Railroads.” Railway Age 179 (27 Nov 1978): 34-36, 38.

Cooperation between shippers and the Rock Island Railroad in northwest Iowa, 1972-1979.

 

May, George S. “Recent Industrial Development.” Palimpsest 37 (1956): 229-32.

 

Mayer, Leo V. “Delineation of Iowa Communities with Major Economic Attachment to Agriculture.” In Papers of the Rural Community Development Seminar: Focus on Iowa, E-1—E-15. Ames: Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, 1972.

1959-1969.

 

Nordquist, Gerald L. “The Fort Dodge Economy.” Iowa Business Digest 30 (June 1959): 5-21.

Economic history of northwest Iowa and Fort Dodge in particular.

 

Nordquist, Gerald L. “A Summary of Economic and Social Developments in Iowa.” Iowa Business Digest 31 (Aug 1960): 4-9.

 

Northwest Bancorporation. 25 Years of Economic Development: Seven State Northwest Area—Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 1954. 69 pp.

 

Overton, Richard C. “Abandonment in the Corn Country.”  Journal of the West 17 (1978): 86-94.

 

Petersen, William J. “Industry in 1840.” Palimpsest 37 (1956): 225-28. Reprinted in Palimpsest 48 (1967): 89-92.

 

Poe, Martin T. “Variation in the Level and Growth in Family Income among Iowa Counties, 1950-1960.” M.S. thesis, Iowa State University, 1968. 86 pp.

 

Proescholdt, Frank. “Pioneer Merchants of Boone.” Trail Tales 8 (Feb-March 1972): 8-10.

 

“Profile: Joan Ballantyne.” Iowa Woman 2 (Sept-Oct 1981): 33.

Cherokee businesswoman and president of the Iowa Association of Realtors.

 

Richardson, William Lee. “Changes Made in Iowa Manufacturing Industries, 1939 to 1954.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1957. 89 pp.

 

Rogers, David L. Brian F. Pendleton, Willis J. Goudy, and Robert O. Richards. “Industrialization, Income Benefits and the Rural Community.” Rural Sociology 43 (1978): 250-64.

Impact of industrialization on Iowa towns of population 2,500-10,000 from 1960 to 1970.

 

Roy Chowdhury, Shymal. “Effects of Rural Industrialization on Rural Development in Iowa.” Ph.D. diss., Iowa State University, 1974. 182 pp.

1950-1970.

 

Roy Chowdhury, Shymal, Earl O. Heady, and Robert W. Crown. Growth and Characteristics of Rural Industrialization in Iowa. Ames: Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, 1975. 111 pp.

Industrialization in Iowa, 1960-1970.

 

Silag, William. “A Mercantile History of Sioux City in the 1880s” Palimpsest 65 (1984): 26-32.

 

Soltow, Lee. “The Economic Heritage of an Iowa County.” Annals of Iowa 43 (1975): 24-38. Sac County.

 

“States Export Series: Iowa.” Business America 7 (10 Dec.1984): 34-36.

Exports from Iowa, 1977-1981.

 

Streit, Everett. “Where Adversity Brought Diversity.” Iowan 4 (Aug.-Sept. 1956): 34-37, 48-49.

Economic growth in Clinton since 1900.

 

Talbot, Ross, ed. Iowa in the World Economy: Dependency and Interdependency. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1985. 111 pp.

 

“Temporary Shopping Mall Keeps Renewal Plan Viable.” American City 89 (June 1974): 71-72.

Iowa City urban renewal.

 

“This is Foreign Trade at Work.” Nations Business 42 (May 1954): 36-39, 79.

Cedar Rapids’ involvement in and dependence on foreign trade.

 

Thompson, W. H., and C. P. Baumel. “Impact of Transportation Equipment Shortages on Iowa County Elevators.” Transportation Journal 12 (1972): 50-57.

Events in 1969.

 

Tyler, Duane Hugh. “An Inquiry into the Growth of the Number of Small Manufacturing Plants in Iowa, 1954-1958.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1961. 50 pp.

 

Van Derveer, Max. “The Hometown Industries that Made Good.” Iowan 5 (Aug.-Sept.1957): 36-38, 40, 50.

Industrial history of Marshalltown.

 

Van Pelt, R. “Iowa.” Industrial Development and Manufacturers Record 135 (July 1966): 9-14.

New industrial plants in Iowa.

 

Wagner, Lewis E. “Iowa Personal Income: 1955.” Iowa Business Digest 27 (Dec. 1956): 14-20.

1929-1955.

 

Woodrow, Ivan F. A Century of Industrial Progress in Newton. Newton: News Printing Co., 1961. 41 pp.

 

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INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES, Pre-1952

 

Barnhart, Cornelia Mallett. “The Old Pottery Shop.” Palimpsest 28 (1947): 239-46.

Raab’s Stoneware and Terra Cotta Works, in Cedar Falls.

 

“Bettendorf Oxygen Hydrogen Company.” Iowa Factories 3 (Dec. 1914): 12-14.

 

Carlton, W. F. “Some Reminiscences,” edited by R. S. Carlton. Bulletin of the Okoboji Protective Association 21 (1925): 66-71.

Establishing and operating a grocery and hardware store in Milford, 1871-1879.

 

“Davenport Machine & Foundry Company.” Iowa Factories 4 (Mar. 1915): 8-9.

 

“The F. W. Fitch Co., Boone, Iowa.” Iowa Factories 4 (Dec. 1915): 12-14.

 

“The Flint Brick and Coal Co.” Midwestern 1 (Nov. 1906): 92, 94.

In Des Moines.

 

“Forty-Seven Years on Story Street.” Community Visitor (Boone) 2 (Oct. 1930): 10-11.

J. H. Riekenberg Dry Goods Store in Boone, established in 1883.

 

“A Great Hosiery Mill in Iowa.” Iowa Factories 1 (June 1912): 11-15.

The Des Moines Hosiery Mills.

 

“Hall Manufacturing Company, Monticello, Iowa.” Iowa Factories 4 (Feb. 1915): 12-13.

 

Hess, Walter George. “Procurement Problems of a Small Industry after World War II.” M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1949. 60 p.

Refrigeration Division of the Amana Society.

 

“Inside Story of Rocho Ice.” Community Magazine (Boone) 1 (April 1927): 12-14, 20.

Boone ice business.

 

“Iowa State College and Dunham Co.” Alumnus (Iowa State College) 8 (Dec. 1912): 54-6.

Marshalltown company.

 

“A Leading Iowa Business Establishment.” Midwestern 1 (July 1907): 22-7.

The Kurtz Hardware Company of Des Moines, 1866-1907.

 

“Little Woman Hardware Dealer in West Boone.” Community Magazine (Boone) 1 (May 1927): 5, 13.

Lulu A. Cummings.

 

Lovett, Robert W. “The Cole Brothers Pump and Lightning Rod Company.” Bulletin of the Business Historical Society 24 (1950): 53-64.

Mount Pleasant company, 1849-1885.

 

“Mechanical Marvel Is an Iowa Product.” Iowa Magazine 3 (June 1919): 10-13.

The Linograph, a typesetting machine, manufactured in Davenport.

 

“Modern Efficiency on the Farm.” Iowa Factories 2 (April 1913): 14-16.

The Des Moines Silo and Manufacturing Company.

 

“The Murray Iron Works, Burlington, Ia.: Makers of Corliss Steam Engines and Boilers.” Iowa Factories 2 (Aug. 1913): 8-14, 40.

 

“A New Iowa Company.” Iowa Factories 2 (Oct. 1913): 20.

The Linograph Company of Davenport.

 

O’Connell, Harold and Frank Marek. “This Iowa Governor Company Is Largest of Its Kind.” Iowa Engineer 31 (1931): 269-71.

The Fisher Governor Company of Marshalltown.

 

“One of Iowa’s Garment Factories.” Iowa Factories 2 (Mar. 1913): 8-12.

The Hanna Manufacturing Company of Oskaloosa.

 

“One of Iowa’s Progressive Factories.” Iowa Factories 2 (Sept. 1913): 6-14, 42.

Collis Company of Clinton.

 

“The Shoe Industry in Iowa.” Iowa Factories 1 (Mar. 1912): 6-9.

The Green-Wheeler Company of Fort Dodge.

 

“Small Acorn Grows to Mighty Oak.” Community Magazine (Boone) 1 (Aug. 1927): 4, 18.

George B. Cummings and the Des Moines Valley Produce Company of Boone.

 

“Spaulding Manufacturing Company.” Iowa Factories 1 (Aug. 1912): 8-12.

Automobile manufacturer of Grinnell.

 

“The Story of One of Iowa’s Sewer Pipe and Tile Plants.” Iowa Factories 2 (Feb. 1913): 6-11.

The Marshalltown Sewer Pipe and Tile Company.

 

Taylor, Loren. “The Colesburg Pottery.” Palimpsest 29 (1948): 65-75.

1857-1916.

 

“The Waterloo Engraving & Service Co.” Iowa Factories 3 (April 1914): 11-13.

 

Wilson, Ben Hur. “Steel Spans a River.” Palimpsest 28 (1947): 207-17.

The bridge over the Mississippi River at Glasgow, Missouri, was the first steel bridge, made possible by the steel manufactured by the Hay Steel Company of Burlington using a new process invented by Abram Tuston Hay.

 

“Young Inverness, Scotland, Apprentice Becomes Boone Baker.” Community Magazine (Boone) 1 (July 1927): 7, 9, 19.

James Johnstone, Boone baker since 1899.

 

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INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS, 1952-1991

 

“A.R. Crary Sold the First Ford.” Trail Tales 32 (1978): 29-32.

 

Bonomi, Ferne Gater. “Solar–A New Horizon for Iowa Industry.” Iowan 3 (June-July 1955): 28-33, 51-52.

Solar Aircraft Company of Des Moines.

 

Braband, Ken C. The First 50 Years: A History of Collins Radio Company and the Collins Divisions of Rockwell International. Cedar Rapids: Rockwell International, 1983. 218 pp.

 

Buelt, Jamie Gottula. His International Trade Connection.” Iowan 39 (Summer 1991): 4-7, 67-68.

Bill Aossey and Midamar Corporation, Cedar Rapids.

 

Campbell, Larry. “Flourishing Felco.” Iowan 8 (Dec.1959-Jan.1960): 33-35, 52-53.

Farmers Elevator Service Company (FELCO), established 1925.

 

Campbell, Larry. “The Hen and I.” Iowan 6 (June-July 1958): 33-36, 55.

Salsbury’s Laboratories of Charles City.

 

Canine, Craig A. “There’s Nothing Hidebound about the Townsend Way.” Iowan 30 (Fall 1981): 4-11.

Townsend Engineering of Des Moines.

 

Chapman, Mike. “George Nissen: Gynastics’ Best Friend.” Iowa REC News 38 (March 1984): 8-9.

 

Clark, Joan, and Joan Liffring-Zug. “A Success Story, Made in Amana.” Iowan 27 (Summer 1979): 20-24.

Amana Refrigeration Company, established 1934.

 

Cushman, Robert P. “Winnebago’s Happy Trail.” Iowan 17 (Summer 1969): 33-36.

Winnebago Industries of Forest City.

 

Davis, Jerry B. “Who Says the Feather Duster Is Gone?” Iowan 2 (Aug.-Sept.1954): 26-27, 43-44.

Hoag Duster Company of Monticello, makers of feather dusters, established 1872.

 

“The Ertl Company—Tiny Tractor Giant.” Iowan 16 (Summer 1968): 11-13, 54.

Dubuque manufacturer of toy tractors and trucks.

 

Felton, Debbie. “Focus: Interesting Iowans. Gae Sharp, Teddy Bear Maker.” Iowan 33 (Winter 1984): 42-43.

Resident of Conrad.

 

Fennell, Tom. “Home of Sioux Tools.” Iowan 1 (Aug.-Sept. 1953): 27-29, 38.

The Albertson Company of Sioux City, established 1914.

 

“The Fitch Ideal Dandruff Company.” Trail Tales 13 (1973): 18-23.

1910 newspaper account of a Boone company, the Fitch Ideal Dandruff Cure Company.

 

Fowler, Ellen. “They Count Your Many Coupons.” Iowan 7 (Oct.-Nov.1958): 34-35, 52.

The Nielsen Coupon Clearing House of Clinton.

 

Franklin, Ray. “No Letup After 73 Years.” News for Farmer Cooperatives 29 (Sept.1962): 12-14.

The Rockwell Cooperative Society, 1888-1961.

 

Froehlich, Ron. “Signs Are Their Signature.” Iowan 36 (Fall 1987), 5-6, 8.

Grinnell business.

 

Funk, Herbert Joseph. “Effects of a New Manufacturing Plant on Business Firms in an Eastern Iowa Community.” Ph.D. diss., Iowa State University, 1964. 215 pp.

The effect of Clinton Engineer Corporation on Maquoketa, 1950-1959.

 

Hakes, Dick. “The Trolleys Are Back on Track!” Iowan 37 (Summer 1989): 20-23, 56-57.

GOMACO Corp., Ida Grove streetcar business.

 

Harder, Connie. “Corn Cobs Are Cookin’ in What Cheer.” Iowa REC News 35 (Sept.1981): 14-15.

Corn Cob Products, Inc., of What Cheer, founded 1963.

 

Harnack, Curtis. “Pioneers in Automation.” Iowan 4 (April-May 1956): 21-24.

The Fisher Governor Company of Marshalltown.

 

Hayes, Edward R. The A.D. Hayes Company (1910-1976), a Chain of Country Elevators in Southeast Iowa. Des Moines, 1983. 199 pp.

 

Hirsch, Mary. “Lord of the Laundromats.” Iowan 35 (Summer 1987): 52-54.

Phil Akin and his Duds ‘n Suds.

 

Hirsch, Mary. “The Vernon Company.” Iowan 34 (Summer 1986): 10-13.

Newton-based manufacturer of specialty advertising products.

 

Ingerson, Ralph. “Ship Ways on the Mississippi.” Iowan 9 (Aug.-Sept.1961): 13-15, 45.

History of the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company, established 1873.

 

“Is Diamond a Vet’s Best Friend?” Iowan 7 (June-July 1959): 40-43.

Diamond Laboratories, Des Moines, manufacturer of veterinary supplies.

 

Johnson, Patty. “Viking Pump.” Iowan 8 (Feb.-March 1960): 29-31, 50.

Viking Pump Company of Cedar Falls.

 

Kautzky, John. “Gunsmithing Dynasty.” Iowan 11 (Winter 1963): 38-41.

The Kautzky family of Fort Dodge, gunsmiths for three generations.

 

Kraus, George, as told to E. Mae Fritz. The Story of an Amana Winemaker. Iowa City: Penfield Press, 1984. 231 pp.

 

Langford, Norma Jane. “The Open Market.” Iowan 18 (Spring 1970): 46-49, 53.

The farmers’ market in Cedar Rapids, established in 1902.

 

Melvold, Robert T. “When a Big Plant Hits a Small Town.” Iowan 5 (April-May 1957): 16-19.

The Clinton Machine Company of Maquoketa.

 

Midwest Industries, Ida Grove, Iowa. We Build It Best…Or We Don’t Build It. Ida Grove, 197[?]. 58 pp.

Midwest Industries of Ida Grove and its founder Byron Godbersen.

 

Miller, Mary E. “The Marmon W. Griffee Pottery Works.” Trail Tales 6 (1971): 8-10.

Pottery works in Boone in the late nineteenth century.

 

Mueller, Ralph Scott. The Skipper of the Clipper: The Story of the Mueller Electric Co., and Its Founder, An Autobiography. Cleveland, 1957. 244 pp. Chapter two, “Boyhood in Iowa,” pp.17-59.

 

Nelson, Jeff. “The Harness Makers.” Iowan 15 (Spring 1967): 50.

The West Side Harness Shop of Sioux City.

 

Nierling, Jan. “Where Brewing Is a Family Art: Pickett’s of Dubuque.” Iowan 30 (Fall 1981): 25-27.

 

Nierling, Jan. “A Wine for Every Taste.” Iowan 29 (Summer 1981): 11-12.

The Private Stock Winery in Boone.

 

Offenburger, Thomas. “Amazing Alcoa.” Iowan 4 (June-July 1956): 29-32, 48-49.

Davenport works of the Alcoa Aluminum Company.

 

“Pella Rolscreen.” Iowan 7 (Aug.-Sept.1959): 34-37.

Pella manufacturer of screens, windows, venetian blinds, and folding doors.

 

“The Pelton Gasoline Engine Works–A Study in the Pursuit of Excellence.”  Clinco News (Clinton Corn Processing Co.) 29, no.2 (1969): 8-11, 15.

Company in Lyons, 1896-1916.

 

Peterson, Eric G. “Roto-Rooter, 1935-1988.” M.A. thesis, Michigan State University, 1988. 125 pp.

S. O. Blanc and the Roto-Rooter Corp., Des Moines.

 

Reesink, Carole J. “Iowa Lime Burning.” Palimpsest 60 (1979): 59-61.

Lime production in Jackson County in the nineteenth century.

 

Rehder, Denny. The Shampoo King: The Story of F. W. Fitch and His Company. Foreword by Lucius W. Fitch. Des Moines: Waukon and Mississippi Press, 1981. 160 pp.

Des Moines-based company.

 

Roberts, Charles W. “Mary Garst–The Consummate Cattlewoman.” Iowan 32 (Fall 1983): 34-35.

Manager of the Garst Company cattle operation in Coon Rapids.

 

Roberts, Charles W. “Their Daring Dazzle Lights the Skies.” Iowan 32 (Spring 1984): 4-7.

Musco Mobile Lighting Company of Oskaloosa.

 

Rosenfield, Joseph. “A Personal View of Younkers’ History.” Iowan 16 (Summer 1968): 20-23, 51-53.

Younkers Department Store of Des Moines.

 

“Russell of Rapid Thermogas.” Iowan 6 (Feb.-March 1958): 28-29, 39-40.

Rapid Thermogas Company of Iowa and its president, Charles Russell.

 

Schmid, Titus B. The History of Crescent Electric Supply Co., 1919 to 1963. Dubuque, 1963. 79 pp.

Dubuque-based company.

 

Schultz, Andrew. “They Satisfy with Sweets.” Iowan 28 (Spring 1980): 46-49.

The bakeries of Pella.

 

Sonnenfeld, John. Life on Two Horizons: From Bosnia to Missouri. New York: Vantage Press, 1956. 154 pp.

Pp.137-40 describe the author’s job as a works manager of the Keokuk Steel Casting Company, 1938-1944.

 

Stanley, C. Maxwell, and James H. Soltow. The HON Story: A History of HON Industries, 1944-1985. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1991. 208 pp.

 

Stegmaier, Mark. “Their Game Plan Has Been Growth.” Iowan 36 (Winter 1987): 18-21, 58.

Petersen Harned von Maur retail store.

 

Teitelman, Robert. “The Samurai Seed Men.” Financial World 157 (September 1988): 42-44.

Thomas Urban and Pioneer Firm.

 

Thimmesch, Nick. “Bouncing Is His Business.” Iowan 2 (Feb.-March 1954): 13-15, 44.

George Nissen of Cedar Rapids, inventor of the modern trampoline, and his company.

 

“Thriving Echo of the Past.” Iowan 8 (Oct.-Nov.1959): 34-37.

The Jerald Sulky Company of Waterloo, established in 1895, manufacturers of sulkies used in harness racing.

 

“Tidy House’s All-American Success Story.” Iowan 3 (Aug.-Sept.1955): 36-39, 46-47.

The Tidy House Products Company, established 1940.

 

Tone, Mary Hutchison. “They’ve Scored in the Big Time.” Iowan 33 (Fall 1984): 13-17, 53.

Fair-Play Scoreboards, a Des Moines-based company.

 

Tone, Mary Hutchison. “Where Toys Are Tops.” Iowan 33 (Summer 1985): 23-26, 56.

The Ertl Company of Dyersville, manufacturer of toys.

 

Tone, Mary Hutchison. “Winnebago: Dawn of a New Era.” Iowan 32 (Summer 1984): 4-10.

Winnebago Industries of Forest City.

 

Volk, Stephen. “The Ice Harvest.” Palimpsest 62 (1981): 90-96.

Hugh Smith’s ice business in Cedar Falls in 1921-22.

 

“W.D. Johnson Coal Company, Office and General Store.” Trail Tales 36 (1980): 44-47. Reprinted in part from Boone Illustrated, 1896.

 

Walker, Michael. “AGRI: Getting Iowa’s ‘Gold’ to Market.” Iowan 30 (Summer 1982): 4-8.

AGRI Industries, West Des Moines-based grain company.

 

Wightman, Marjorie. “Smokestacks by the Old Mill Stream.” Iowan 2 (June-July 1954): 21-23, 47.

Amana Refrigeration Company, established 1934.

 

“Wilson Transfer & Storage Company.” Trail Tales 48 (1984): 4-8.

Boone company established in 1880.

 

The Winnebago Story: Our First Quarter Century, 1958-1983. Forest City: Winnebago Industries, 1983. 147 pp.

 

Witt, Bill. “AMAX: A Good-Natured Investment.” Iowan 26 (Summer 1978): 36-40.

Molybdenum refining plant near Fort Madison.

 

Wittmer, Betty DeWitt. “The Rooster that Laid the Golden Egg.” Iowan 1 (Oct.-Nov.1952): 10-11, 40.

The Schield Bantam Company of Waverly, manufacturer of power cranes and shovels, established 1944.

 

Wittmer, Betty DeWitt. “Santa Claus’ Workshop.” Iowan 3 (Dec.1954-Jan.1955): 20-21, 52.

The Lansing Company of Lansing, started in 1897 as a button factory, although half its output is now toys.

 

Work, John L. Cargill Beginnings…An Account of Early Years. Minneapolis, Minn.: Cargill, 1965. 154 pp.

Particularly chapter 5, pp. 69-83, which describes William Cargill’s years in Iowa immediately after the Civil War.

 

Wundrum, Bill. “The Wide World of Stanley.” Iowan 8 (April-May 1960): 16-18.

The Stanley Engineering Company of Muscatine.

 

Whye, Mike. “Rainbow Run.” Iowan 35 (Spring 1987):4-7.

Ames commercial trout farm.

 

Zook, Nancy Gibbons. “Collins and the Electronic Beanstalk.” Iowan 4 (Feb.-March 1956): 28-32, 46.

Collins Radio Company of Cedar Rapids.

 

Zug, John. “Dial: The Right Numbers.” Iowan 20 (Winter 1971): 18-19, 51-53.

Dial Financial Corporation of Des Moines, founded in 1897.

 

Zug, John. “The Vinsons Had a Vision.” Iowan 19 (Summer 1971): 41-45, 52.

Ed and Clary Vinson, potters of Garrison, who purchased an old brick and tile works to use as a work, display, and storage facility.

 

 

This bibliography was based on the work of David Hudson and Patricia Dawson.  Angela Hauth provided updated entries and combined the previous work in this selective list of titles.

 

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