National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Henry A. Wallace

(Microfilm edition)

University of Iowa Libraries

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Henry Agard Wallace (1888 –1965) was the 33rd Vice President of the United States, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. In the 1948 presidential election, Wallace was the nominee of the Progressive Party. Wallace occupies a unique niche within American history, at the crossroads of some of the 20th century's most important moments: the economic and agricultural consequences of the Great Depression, the role of the vice president during World War II, and the subsequent development of alternative political party structures as the nation and the world recovered from the conflict and new power dynamics were formed. The microfilm edition consists of letters, telegrams, postcards, speeches, appointment books, notes of telephone conversations, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other papers. 67 reels, 19-page guide. An index to the microfilm edition was published in 1975 for three separate microfilm editions of Wallace papers which are located in the University of Iowa Libraries (67 reels), the Library of Congress (43 reels) and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (54 reels), arranged alphabetically by correspondent and including the date for the document and the particular library in which it is located.

The NHPRC also funded a project to digitize the collection of the Henry A. Wallace Papers at the University of Iowa Libraries; it features images, a collection index, and 67,000 pages of correspondence and other material. Additional information at


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Former Vice President Henry Wallace addresses Senate Commerce Committee, Washington, D.C., 1945, courtesy University of Iowa


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