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Wayne Darrow papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0021

Scope and Content

This collection (1930-1972, undated) contains correspondence, articles, publications, and newspaper clippings, and it includes material documenting Darrow's work with the Agriculture Adjustment Administration and the USDA. Darrow was a close observer of politics, and therefore much of the information pertains to various election years and issues.

The collection also includes material related to Henry A. Wallace, U.S. Vice President (1941-1945) and Secretary of Commerce (1945-1946); this material includes correspondence between Wallace and Darrow, Darrow's recollections of Wallace, material related to Wallace's appointment as Secretary of Commerce, and news clippings. Other topics covered include American agriculture, two Robert Flaherty films, Harvest for Tomorrow and The Land; the publication of The Spade and Farmer's Guard; R. M. Evans' campaign for U.S. senator from Iowa. Correspondents include Henry A. Wallace and Claude Wickard.


  • 1930-1972, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Public official and journalist, Wayne Darrow was born on 12 April 1894 at Lakewood, New York; he was the son of James Eugene and Julia Irene (Bugbee) Darrow. He grew up in Lakewood and attended Cornell University from which he received his Bachelor of Science degree (1916).

He was a farm manager (1916-1918) in Hale County, Texas; county and district agent (1919-1926) for the Texas A & M College Extension Service; and extension editor (1926-1934). He served as Southwestern information representative (1934-1937) in the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA); chief (1937-1938) of the AAA Regional Contact Section; and as Director (1939-1942) of the AAA Information Division. His last position in the USDA was Director (1943) of the Agricultural Labor Administration.

In the spring of 1943, Darrow resigned from the USDA and began the Washington (D.C) Farmletter and served as editor until 1969.

He married Linda Marshall in 1916. Wayne Darrow died in February 1982.


0.84 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)


The Wayne Darrow Papers collection is organized in a rough chronology. Each section contains newspaper clipping of that date pertaining to national agricultural news. Correspondence dealing with the events is also included along with miscellaneous items relating to that time period.


Digital reproductions of a selection of materials from the Wayne Darrow papers are available electronically. Please see the Electronic Resources section for a link. Also included in this digital collection are materials from the Merle Hansen papers, the Charles Walters papers, the George J. Ormsby papers, the National Farmers Organization records, the Sam J. Newlson Collection of United Farmers of Story County (Iowa) records, and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation records. Please see Related Materials for links to these collections.

Items in related collections

MS-0595. Merle Hansen papers, 1932-1999, undated MS-0588. Charles Walters papers, 1937-2003, undated MS-0109. George J. Ormsby papers, 1911-1965, undated MS-0481. National Farmers Organization records, 1955-2001 MS-0204. Sam J. Nelson Collection of United Farmers of Story County (Iowa) records, 1932, undated MS-0105. Iowa Farm Bureau Federation records, 1914-2008

Collection Files

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0021. Wayne Darrow papers, 1930-1972, undated
May 29, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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