Manuscript Collections - Peter H. DeVries Papers

March 13, 2020

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5 linear inches (1 manuscript box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Peter Hugh DeVries was born February 4, 1901 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and earned his master’s degree in English at the University of Michigan. He taught English at Michigan State University from 1923 to 1937. He began working for the Department of Agriculture in 1938 and retired in 1963. DeVries passed away in Washington, D.C. in 1990.


The bulk of the collection consists of essays written by DeVries on agriculture and the economy. There is also correspondence and a work journal. Arranged alphabetically by type of material, and the essays are arranged alphabetically by title.


Folder        Contents

1                Correspondence, 1938–1964
2                Work Journal, 1943


3                Agriculture Conservation Program, 1939
                  The American Farmer and UN Food Court
                  Billions for Dividends
                  CED Tax Plan: How Gullible are You?, Early 1946
                  Mr. Corporation Director, I’m talking to You
                  Development of the Farm Program

4                Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
                  FAO Conference at Quebec
                  Draft for Secretary Anderson’s talk at FAO, 1945
                  Draft for FAO Section of OWI Booklet, 1945
                  Food for the Family of Nation’s
                  The Future for Width We Fight, 1943
                  Impact of Agriculture on the National Economy, 1958
                  An Invitation to Reason
                  Lets Talk Sense
                  Managing the Federal Department – William Cochrane, 1945
                  Letter from DeVries to Cochrane
                  Memorandum for Mr. A. D. Stedman, 1938
                  Natural Economics, 1940
                  Notes on Agriculture

5                Parity Payments, 1937
                  Philosophy and objectives of the AAA
                  A Plan for Full Employment
                  Post War Issues in Relation to American Agriculture, 1944
                  President’s Message to Congress, 1944
                  Press Conference USDA, 1962
                  Primer on Treaty
                  Probable Trends in American Food Administration
                  Problem in Agriculture

6                Recent Changes in the Farm Act, 1938
                  Relevant Farm Economics
                  Role of Government as a Hired Hand on the Farm, 1958
                  Rural Influences on the American Politic – Economic System, 1957
                  The Short Pull and the Long Pull
                  Six Propositions to be Argued Further, 1940
                  Some Notes on Our Present Dilemma, 1940
7                USDA Column – September Country Gentleman
                  The Way It Looked Then, 1937
                  We Can Solve It if We Want To
                  We’ve got to Live Together, 1944
                  Why Not Make Disemployment Unprofitable?
                  Why Not Profit As We Employ? A Postwar Parable, 1945