Manuscript Collections - Walter B. Garver Papers

Oct 18, 2021

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2 linear inches (1 small manuscript box)
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Walter B. Garver was an agricultural economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the University of Minnesota Extension Service, and the agricultural department of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Garver was born in 1905, educated at the Universities of Minnesota and Chicago, and began work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 1941. In 1951 he took a position with the United States Chamber of Commerce, working there until retirement in 1969.  Garver passed away in April 1991.


The Walter Garver Papers contain correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, articles and biographical information documenting his professional career. Topics include farm production, banking, and agricultural credit. The material is arranged alphabetically by type of material. 


1          Biographical, ca. 1950
            Correspondence, 1949-1951
            Scrapbooks, 1944-1965 (3 folders)
                     Challenge of man’s last chance, 1946
                     Who is the farmer’s boss? 1950
                     Mobilization, the challenge and threat to agriculture, 1951
                     New directions for farm programs, 1960
                     Freedom and progress for farmers, 1963
                     Quality of grain crops, Journal of Farm Economics, Aug 1937
                     Prices, quantity and values of Minnesota farm product, Dec 1937
                     Reliability of preliminary price indexes, Journal of American Statistical
                              Association, June 1938
                     Indexes of purchasing power, Journal of Farm Economics, Aug 1938
                     Marketing costs of Minnesota foods, June 1941
                     Income and expenditures in Minnesota agriculture, May 1943
                     The banker and the rural community, Hoosier Banker, May 1946
                     World hunger and American agriculture, Farm Managers, Apr 1968
Scrapbook – Farm Forum – Montana, Letters, Newspaper Clippings, Chamber of
             Commerce award, Fathers day Cards, Photographs
Scrapbook – Letters, Newspaper clippings/articles, Business
Scrapbook – Photographs, Newspaper clippings