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Charles J. Hearst papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0003

Scope and Content

The collection includes business and personal letters, maps, newspaper clippings, writings, photographs, and a biographical account of Hearst’s life.

Series I, Agricultural Delegation trip to the USSR, contains official letters and itineraries that Hearst received prior to the delegation in 1955. Materials from the actual trip include lists of soviet officials, maps, passports, newspaper clippings, photographs, and Hearst’s diaries describing the events of the delegation. Following the trip, Hearst was invited to speak about his experiences and observations, and invitations and texts of speeches are among post-trip materials. There are also several articles about the delegation and its members from Indiana Farmers Guide, Chemurgic Digest, and Washington Report.

Series II, Iowa Farm Bureau European farm trip in 1947 contains correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, published articles, and memorabilia documenting Hearst’s trips to the United Kingdom and countries in Western Europe. Included are letters from Arthur H. Vandenburg with reference to the testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding the Marshall Plan, articles by and about Hearst as a delegate, and memorabilia collected by Hearst.

Series III, organizations and activities series contains correspondence and reports documenting Hearst’s involvement with a variety of groups, including the USDA

Advisory Committee on Feed Grains and Wheat (1961), the Black Hawk County Board of Education, the Farmer’s Home Administration, the Committee for Educational Television, the Center for Agricultural and Economic Adjustment, the Chicago Producer’s Commission Association, the National Livestock Credit Corporation, and the National Packinghouse Workers of America

Series IV, biographical information and personal memorabilia, contains a brief biographical sketch and memorabilia relating to rural life in Iowa.


  • 1935-1970

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Charles J. Hearst, 1904-1980, third-generation owner and operator of Maplehearst Farm, a livestock operation near Cedar Falls, Iowa, was a member of national, state, and local governmental agencies including the Foreign Policy Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Black Hawk County Board of Education, and the Cedar Falls Rotary Club. Hearst worked with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the Producer’s Commission Association of Chicago, the National Farm Institute, and the Farm Policy Council. Hearst was a member of the 1947 Iowa Farm Bureau Federation trip to study conditions in post war Europe. He was invited to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in regard to the Marshall Plan. In 1955, he was chosen to be a member of the American Agricultural Delegation to the USSR, part of an exchange program that played a significant role in early U.S. and Soviet post war relations.


2.94 Linear Feet (7 document boxes)


The collection consists of four series:

Series 1, Agricultural Delegation trip to the USSR

Series 2, Iowa Farm Bureau European farm trip

Series 3, Organizations and activities

Series 4, Biographical information and personal memorabilia.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0003. Charles J. Hearst papers, 1935-1970
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
(515) 294-6672