Wayne Darrow papers
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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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.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- Agricultural journalism--Biography Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Agriculture--United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Articles Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Clippings (information artifacts) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Elections--Texas Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Elections--United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Statistics Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- United States--Congress--Senate--Elections Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States--Department of Agriculture--Officials and employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States--Officials and employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- MS-0021. Wayne Darrow papers, 1930-1972, undated
- May 29, 2019
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