Collection MS 01.181 - Florence and Robert Kerr '1912 Papers

Zone d'identification

Cote

US US-IaGG MS 01.181

Nom et localisation du dépôt

Niveau de description

Collection

Titre

Florence and Robert Kerr '1912 Papers

Date(s)

  • 1914 - 1957 (Production)

Importance matérielle

One box

Nom du producteur

Notice biographique

Robert Y. Kerr, a native of Newton, Iowa, served on the editorial staff of The American Lumberman and as Executive Secretary of Grinnell College.

Nom du producteur

(1890-1975)

Notice biographique

Born in Tennessee in 1890, Florence Stewart Kerr and family moved to Iowa when she was an infant.  She grew up in Marshalltown and attended Grinnell College from 1908-1912 where she formed a lifelong friendship with Harry Hopkins.  Florence married Robert Y. Kerr in 1915; she taught English at the College from 1921-26 and 1931-32.

In 1930 she was named a member of the Iowa Unemployment Relief Council; in 1935 Hopkins recommended her as one of five regional directors of the Division of Women's and Professional Projects within the Works Progress Administration (alternately called the Work Projects Administration).  She was promoted to Assistant Administrator of the WPA and Director of the Women's and Professional Projects in 1938 and worked in Washington, D.C. until the WPA ended in 1943.

She became director of the war public services of the Federal Works Agency and later served as an executive with Northwest Airlines.  She retired in the mid 1950s and lived in D.C. until her death in 1975.

Robert Y. Kerr, a native of Newton, Iowa, served on the editorial staff of The American Lumberman and as Executive Secretary of Grinnell College.

Zone du contenu et de la structure

Portée et contenu

The box contains newspaper clippings and genealogical records on Robert and Florence Kerr as well as correspondences between the Kerrs and their tenants on their Newton farm, Robert and Ruth Wormley

Mode de classement

Folders are in alphabetical order
Letters are in chronological order

Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Conditions d’accès

Open for use

Accès physique

Accès technique

Conditions de reproduction

For permission to quote for publication from writings of the Kerrs in this collection, contact Thomas Hunter, 57 Avon Street South #28, St. Paul, MN 55105

Langue des documents

  • anglais

Écriture des documents

Notes sur la langue et l'écriture

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Éléments d'acquisition et d'évaluation

Historique de la conservation

The letters and newspaper clippings were acquired by the Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections and Archives after a descendant of the tenants on Robert Kerr's farm in Newton, IA (the Wormleys) donated the letters Robert Kerr sent to Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Wormley

Source immédiate d'acquisition

Donated by Linda K. Wormley

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation

Accroissements

Sources complémentaires

Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux

Existence et lieu de conservation des copies

Sources complémentaires

other Kerr papers

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Sources utilisées

Mots-clés

Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

Mots-clés - Noms

Mots-clés - Genre

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