Manuscript Collections - Peter H. DeVries Papers

2022

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PETER H. DEVRIES PAPERS, 1938-1964
5 linear inches (1 manuscript box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

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 LIST

Folder Contents

1

Correspondence, 1938–1964

2

Work Journal, 1943

ESSAYS

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
Enough

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