Manuscript Collections - John M. Henry Papers


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15 linear feet, 7 linear inches (35 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


The John M. Henry Papers contain correspondence, articles, scripts, notes, cartoons, campaign literature, speeches, writings, and clippings. The materials primarily document his journalism work, but also describe the activities of numerous Iowa organizations.

John M. Henry (1895-1981), editor, Republican political manager, radio station manager and writer was born in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. In 1917 after he graduated from the University of Kansas, he purchased his home town newspaper at Macedonia. A year later he became affiliated with the Council Bluffs Nonpareil. In 1931 he joined the Central States Broadcasting System as general manager which operated the radio stations of KFAB, KOIL and KFOR. In 1938 he joined the Republican National Committee (RNC) as a trouble-shooter. In 1940 he managed the campaign to nominate Robert Taft. He returned to the RNC and was a also a correspondent for the Washington Merry-Go-Round column.

In 1944 he became mid-west manager of the organization to renominate Wendell Willkie as Republican candidate for the presidency and in that year he also became a member of the Des Moines Register and Tribune staff as "Public Affairs Editor." Later he became the Iowa Secretary for Senator Bourke Hickenlooper, and editor and publisher of two Republican monthly publications, the "Green Sheet" and the "White Paper".

In 1973 Henry was named chairman of the committee that managed the centennial observance of the birth of Herbert Hoover, following which he became an editor and writer for the Trans­World newspaper syndicate, based in Washington, D.C. contributing a daily feature of light-hearted wit.  He also edited a syndication of the cartoons of Jay N. "Ding" Darling, the Pulitzer Prize winning Des Moines Register cartoonist who had willed his cartoons to John M. Henry.  For several years, while at Des Moines, he edited a page of small town newspaper quotes for McCall's and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Henry wrote or edited several books, including a college text on column writing, four anthologies, one volume on organizing and managing a mounted drill team, and two based on the cartoons of "Ding".  He spoke at numerous times at meetings of press associations and the National Editorial Association.



Box Contents

A GROUP, 1959‑1979
Allen, Robert S., 1959-1981 (2 folders)
Anderson, William B., 1959‑1974
B GROUP, 1959‑1980
Bailey, Merritt, 1964‑1979 (Iowa State University Press)
Batten, Joe, Wendy and Gail, 1965‑1978
Beck, Robert and Charlotte, 1961‑1981
Benthack, Gladys, 1959‑1962
Berry, Don, 1962‑1974
Bostedt, Gertrude, 1971‑1973


Bromwell, James, 1960‑1981
Burr, Dale and Faye, 1972‑1980
C GROUP, 1942‑1980
Casper, Kathy Hoffa 1969‑1980
D GROUP, 1959‑1981
Darling, Jay N., 1918‑1962
Davis, Gene, 1961‑1969
Dewitt, Jack, 1959‑1981
Duncan, Joanne, 1975‑1981
Dunlap, Leslie, 1962‑1981
E GROUP, 1960‑1980
Engle, Paul, 1960‑1977
Evans, Ralph, 1959‑1973
F GROUP, 1960‑1980
Fawcett, Floyd, Helen, and Mary Helen, 1976‑1978
G General, 1942‑1981


Gibson, Michael, 1979
Goodwin, Robert K., 1960‑1981
Grassley, Charles, 1978
Gross, H.R., 1963‑1976
H GROUP, 1961‑1979
Hamilton, Carl, 1961‑1977
Hancher, Virgil, 1959‑1964
Harstad, Peter, 1976-1981 (2 folders)
Henle, Guy and James, 1959‑1971
Henry, Grace
Henry, John M.
Henry, Pat, Art Work
Henry, Paula (Pink), 1969
Henry, Margine, 1975‑1979
Hickenlooper, Bourke B., 1962‑1971
Hill, E. Howard, 1975‑1978
Hoover, Herbert, 1928‑1979
Hoover, Lou Henry – Genealogy, 1960
Houser Family, 1970‑1980
Hull, Laverne, 1960‑1979
Hunt, Marianne, 1980‑1981
Hunter, Graham, 1960‑1981


J GROUP, 1961‑1980
Jensen, Ben F., 1961‑1964
Jepsen, Roger, 1980‑1981
Johnson, Don, 1969‑1979
K GROUP, 1959‑1981
Kinnaird, Clark, 1961‑1968 (King Features Syndicate)
Knight, Eva M., 1962‑1977
L GROUP, 1961‑1978
Landon, Alfred M., 1959-1980 (3 folders)
Lendt, David L., 1976‑1981
Lincoln Club, 1976‑1981


Mc GROUP, 1960‑1981
McCown, Robert, 1973‑1980
McCoy, Donald, 1979‑1980
McDonald, Kenneth, 1960‑1978
M GROUP, 1943‑1981 (2 folders)
Mason, Frank E., 1972-1973, 1979 (3 folders)
Maurer, Neil, 1973‑1981
Mayes, Herbert R., 1959‑1981
Miller, Jack, 1961‑1980
Milroy, James H. and Jack, 1959‑1981
Moe, Beverly, 1977-1981 (2 folders)
Montgomery, Daniel L., 1976
Morrow, Lucile E., 1960‑1962
Murray, William G., 1975‑1980


N GROUP, 1959‑1981
Namen, Albert A., 1961‑1981
Nye, Frank, 1975‑1980
O GROUP, 1960‑1981
O'Brien, Daniel, 1962‑1964
P GROUP, 1959‑1981
Petersen, William J., 1962‑1977
Pfaff, Adele, 1961‑1964
Pohlman, Lynette, 1978‑1980
Q GROUP, 1962‑1975
R GROUP, 1943‑1980
Radcliffe, Robin, 1979‑1980
Reese, Warren, 1962‑1981
Root, Carolyn McNutt, 1916‑1978
S GROUP, 1960‑1981
Schramm, James, 1959‑1965
Seberger, Eleanor, 1959‑1961
Shannon, Ralph E., 1960‑1962
Simms, Dean, 1959‑1978
Smith, Mary Louise, 1972‑1981
Smith, Mason Rossiter, 1959‑1969
Steinisch, Irmgard, 1975‑1976
T GROUP, 1959‑1976
Thalken, Tom, 1970‑1981
Thomason, Frazer, 1974‑1981
Turnbull, Mildred, 1960‑1977


U GROUP, 1960‑1961
V GROUP, 1960‑1977
Vickers, L. D., 1961‑1962
W GROUP, 1959‑1980
Wagner, William J., 1959‑1981
Wallace, DeWitt, 1959‑1981
Wallace, James W., 1959‑1960
Walsh, Harry E. and Grace, 1960-1968, 1976-1981 (4 folders)
Wargo, Mary Albertson, 1970‑1980
Way, Vera, 1975‑1977
Westberg, Rebecca Ruan, 1975-1981 (2 folders)
Westerfield, Richard, Jannes and Sara, 1960‑1976
Wilson, George and Genie, 1976‑1979
Wood, Robert, 1969-1980 (2 folders)
Wright, Mary Louise, 1959‑1961
Yoseloff, Thomas E., Inc., 1961‑1965
Z GROUP, 1976‑1980



American Association for the World Press, Inc., 1962‑1965

Attitudes, Inc., 1955‑1960
Calendar, 1967-1971, 1976 (2 folders)

Daily Newspapers

Depression of 1930's, 1977
Editors Conference Call, undated
Eisenhower Presidential Library, 1962
Flying Hoofs, 1954‑1980
Henry, John M.
Oral History Interview, 1979

Sigma Delta Chi, Ames, Iowa, Jan 23, 1951
Illinois Press Association Convention, Peoria, IL, May 12, 1951
Montana Press Association, Sep 1, 1951
Renfro, Kansas, May 9, 1953
Theta Convention, Ames, Iowa, June 15, 1953
State University of Iowa Workshop, Jan 11, 1954
North Dakota Press Association, Apr 9, 1954
State University of Iowa Workshop, June 7, 1955
Wyoming Press Association Convention, Feb 1, 1957
South Dakota State College, Brookings, Oct 7, 1961
Iowa High School Press Association Convention, Oct 28, 1961
Omaha, Nebraska, Sep 11, 1962
A New Literature
American Home
Country Press, Influence of
How to Write Quotable Quotes
Press Columnists of Iowa, Bulletin
State Press Association
State Press Convention


Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation

Correspondence, 1948-1964 (11 folders)


Correspondence, 1965-1967 (4 folders)
Birthplace Goddess Film, 1958
Printed Material

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association

Correspondence, 1976-1981 (5 folders)


Cartoons and Layouts, 1976
Essay Contest, 1973‑1977
Free Enterprise, winning essays, 1974
Garvey, Olive W., 1976-1981 (5 folders)
Hoover Presidential Library Association News, 1973‑1974
Review, 1976
Thank you letters, 1976


Hickenlooper, Bourke B.

Fund Raising Luncheon, 1962

Committee Notes
County Chairmen

Benda, Kenneth
Bluedorn, Carl A.
Farver, Paul
Frudden, C.M.
Getting, LeRoy
Hall, Payson
Hayes, Boyd
Jurgemeyer, L.L.
Lomas, Malcolm
McCague, Ralph C.
Milroy, James H.
Morain, Fred E.
Ross, L.W.
Rowe, Harold J.
Schramm, James S.
Strickland, Charles E.
Summerwill, W.W.

Des Moines Area

Brenton, W. Harold
Clark, Vernon
Henry, John M.
Hubbell, Mrs. Grover
Nollen, Gerard S.
Schmidt, Marvin M.
Webster, Ben A.


National Lumber Manufacturers Association, 1962


Hultman, Evan – Campaign, 1963‑1964

Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation


Herbert Hoover, 1951
James A. Van Allen and Frank H. Spedding, 1961
Henry A. Wallace, 1967
Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1970
Norman Borlaug, 1978
Luigi Legutti, 1980

History, 1977
Meetings, 1959‑1980
Reports, 1960-1967, 1977-1978, 1980 (3 folders)
Scholarships, 1950-1957, 1959 (2 folders)


Scholarships, 1960-1963 (7 folders)


Scholarships, 1964 (6 folders)


Scholarships, 1966-1980 (2 folders)

Iowa Bar Association, 1957-1960 (3 folders)
Iowa Development Commission, 1980
Iowa Society for Preservation of Historic Landmarks, 1964
Iowa State Historical Society, 1977‑1981
Ding Darling Foundation, 1962-1978 (5 folders)


Ding Darling Foundation, 1979-1981 (3 folders)

Des Moines Center of Science and Industry, 1980
Lewis and Clark Trail, 1962‑1963
National Wildlife Refuge Sanibel Island, Florida 1962‑1978

 Lincoln Club, 1959-1981 (8 folders)


Lincoln Club – Green Sheets, 1960-1973 (11 folders)


Lincoln Club - White Papers, 1969-1973 (5 folders)
Living History Farms, 1977‑1980 (Papal Visit)
Murray, William G. – 1958 Gubernatorial Campaign

Briefing Envelope
Campaign Literature
Daily Correspondence, June 6-Oct 29, 1958 (2 folders)
Fairall and Bassinger Letters
Film Requests
Gold Medal List
Iowa Republican Workshop State Board
Loveless Veto
Political Platform


Policy Committee
Polk County Delegates
Primary Results

Ambro Advertising Agency
Radio, TV and Newspapers
Releases, Permission for Statements


State House List

Namen, Al, 1977
Opinion Survey, Adult Residents of Iowa, 1964
Time Life Books
University of Iowa Libraries, 1953‑1981


Animals Story and Pictures
Are You Wittier than these Iowans?

A Happy Editor

I. Irish Township‑Campus Victory‑Town Shame
II. $3,500,000 Robbery‑KKK, Cupid‑Arrow Ballots
III. My Boo Book‑Goes to the U.S. Senate
IV. New Radio Things‑to Congress(?)‑Help Alf
V. I Murder Many‑I become "Big"‑Could Alf Elect Taft?
VI. Death Nudges Me‑Willkie Happy‑and Unhappy
VII. 17 Happy Years with the R and T
VIII. Herbert R. Mayes‑Premier Magazine Editor
IX. I Become An Evangelist for Local Newspaper Columns
X. Country Editors, TV, and Jim
XI. I Write or Edit a Dozen Books
XII. Young Bob Ray WIll Run for Something
XIII. "Ding," Master of Them All
XIV. I Retire, Whatever that Means
XV. Ike, Bob Hope, and Flops
XVI. Being Secretary Means Alot
XVII. Tales of 2 Townships Into History
XVIII. When Old Timers Begin Remembering
XIX. Philosophies After 80 Years
XX. My Final Public Activity

A Letter to Jim
Editor: Then Some


Group  I ‑ Author‑Artist
II ‑ Journalism
III ‑ Radio
IV ‑ Politics
V ‑ Magazines
VI ‑ Columns
VII ‑ Register and Tribune
VIII ‑ Books
IX ‑ "Ding"
X ‑ Personal
XI ‑ Paragraphs
XII ‑ Related Activites
XIII ‑ Friends
XIV ‑ A Couple of How To's
XV ‑ Fillers

Bostedt, Gertrude

Materials Edited

Henry, Pat

Materials Edited 

I Do An Oral History
Iowa Essays


Journalism, Horses and Votes


1. $20,000
2. Harold Loved An Idential Twin
3. A Year
4. Her Invitation
5. The River That Went to Market
6. He Wanted to be a Red Devil
7. A Matter of Equine Nobility
8. Our Daughter
9. Aunt Euph Astride
10. Twas a Saturday Night
11. The Preacher and the Fishing
12. Uncle Will, Intellectual
13. She was from the City
14. A Cousin of Mine
15. Its How You Look
16. A Man Dad Liked Very Much
17. The Mule, The GOP, the Democrats
18. The PhD Degree
19. A Man Who Stammered
20. Township Nobility


Book Covers
Cartoon Ideas
Column Series, 1952
Columnists Bin, 1956
Country Editor, 1950‑1965
Darling, Jay N.

Koss, Richard and Mary, 1947‑1981
General Correspondence, 1961-1981 (6 folders)
As "Ding" Saw Hoover


Christmas Cards, 1958‑1987
Des Moines Art Center, 1959
"Ding's" Half Century, 1962‑1963 (Charles Pearce)

About This Book
Carbon Typed Script
Original Script
Text (2 folders)

 America's First 50 Years As A World Power


Cartoons Used
McGraw‑Edison Company, 1962‑1963
Meredith Press, 1961‑1964
Meredith Publishing Company, 1961
Pearce, Charles A., 1961-1964 (3 folders)
Saturday Evening Post, 1961

Herbert Hoover Office Building, 1977‑1979
Here We Go Again, 1957‑1962
How Ding Drew His Cartoons
Iowa State University Exhibit
It Seems Like Only Yesterday, 1961‑1962
Living History Farms
Looking Through the Years With Ding, 1947
Source File of Cartoons


Large Size


Negative Proofs
Numerical Order
Positive Film Proof
1916 Series
Speech on Ding by John Henry
Transworld News Service
Treasury of Ding (Palimpset)
Watercolors: Original
World War I
World War II

Detective Stories
Editors Conference Calls
Editor Hits Back
Editors Replies
Frolic of the Type, 1920‑1930



Quotes (3)
Quotes #14‑119
Quotes, Jan-May 1981 (4 folders)
Source Material

Hall Syndicate, 1963‑1966
Hallmark Cards, 1967-1972 (2 folders)
Golden, Harry    1968
Henry, John

Reviews, 1968
Source Material


How Are You Under Pressure, 1956
How to Write Columns
I Saw It In the Paper

Partial List of Quotes
Quotes, July 1960-June 1962 (8 folders)


Quotes, July 1962-June 1964 (8 folders)


Quotes, July 1964-1965 (3 folders)

Children, Especially Those in Your Family
For Radio
Grandpa and Grandma Who Listens To Kids
Just Being Realistic About It All
Man and Wife, Woman and Husband
Mom the Handy Gal Around Here
Now That He's Getting To Love Her
Now That She's Said Yes
Now That They've Both Said I Do
Pops and Mom's the Whole Family
Sisters In Law
That You May Still Be a Better Person
The Home
Three Little Wits
Tis the Season to be Jolly
To A Good Citizen
To Feel Like A Really Big Shot
To Make The Day A Little Brighter
To My Husband
To My Sweetheart
To My Wife
Wit by Women

Iowa Press Association, 1970, 1980
Ladies Home Journal ‑ Quotes




Literary Digest, 1926‑1934
McCall's ‑ Quotes


McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan – Quotes



Main Street, Cosmopolitan


Beneath the Spreading Antlers
Frolic of the Type
Gentle Barrage, 1931
Here Is the American Humor
In Classes and Rumble Seats
In Conference
Junior's Parents
The Great U.S.A. Editor Really Is Funny

Potomac Contagion, 1981 


Precinct Organization, film script by J.P. Henry, 1959
Radio Scripts, 1952‑1954
Skull in the Vault
Skull, A Vault and Osta
Smart Chat Album
Two‑Township Collection
Wit and Humor of America







Scrapbook labeled Autobiography: A Happy Editor. Chapters have titles but are not numbered, Photographs
The American Procession, American Life since 1860 in Photographs, 1933
Governor’s Economy Committee – survey report and recommendations, 1970
Pageant of the Press – Survey of the 125 years of Iowa Journalism, 1962

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