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Edmund Groomes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0054

Scope and Content

The collection (1938-1975, undated) contains biographical information, correspondence, radio scripts, speeches, a film, printed materials, publications, and photographs. The collection includes materials related to Groomes' farming activities and his involvement in the Iowa Association of School Boards and the Iowa Council for Better Education. Personal records documenting Groomes' nonprofessional activities and interests include a genealogy, photographs, correspondence, biographical information, date books, and materials relating to his hobbies, clubs, and the town of Menlo, Iowa. There is also information relating to the movie Cold Turkey, which was filmed in Greenfield, Iowa. The education materials relate to Groomes' activities with education associations, such as the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB), Iowa Council for Better Education (ICBE), and various school boards and include articles, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, news clippings, and scripts. The education materials also contain information regarding radio programs and Groomes' book, The Boards and the Bees. Most of the radio scripts (from programs in which Groomes participated) relate to education, but other subjects are also included. Materials related to Groomes' farm operation include cattle sales, feedlot information, land allocation and yield, and finances. There are also speeches and scripts from radio and TV programs where Groomes spoke about farming and information regarding Groomes being an Iowa Master Farmer and member of the Iowa State Extension Advisory Committee. Included at the end of the collection are writings and a film, mostly by authors other than Groomes.


  • Creation: 1938-1975, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives.


Master Farmer and public speaker, Edmund Groomes was born in Menlo, Iowa, in 1905, and began farming in 1925. Groomes attended Drake University in 1934. He was involved in public education, serving in various state education associations, and he wrote a book on his experiences, The Boards and the Bees (1967). He gave numerous speeches and radio talks, becoming well known for his humorous approach to speech-making.

Edmund Groomes died in 1973.


4.62 Linear Feet (in 11 document boxes.)


The collection is arranged in five series:

Series 1: Personal Files, 1944-1973, undated

Series 2: Education, 1942-1973, undated

Series 3: Speeches, 1943-1973, undated

Series 4: Radio Scripts, 1938-1963, undated

Series 5: Farming, 1939-1972, undated

Series 6: Writings and Film, 1880-1958, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0054. Edmund Groomes papers, 1938-1975, undated
December 12, 2018
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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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