Florence and Robert Kerr '1912 Papers

Identity elements

referentie code

US US-IaGG MS 01.181

Name and location of repository




Florence and Robert Kerr '1912 Papers


  • 1914 - 1957 (Vervaardig)


One box

Naam van de archiefvormer


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

Naam van de archiefvormer



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.

Content and structure elements

Bereik en inhoud

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


Folders are in alphabetical order
Letters are in chronological order

Conditions of access and use elements

Voorwaarden voor raadpleging

Open for use

Physical access

Technical access

Voorwaarden voor reproductie

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

Languages of the material

  • Engels

Scripts of the material

Taal en schrift aantekeningen


Acquisition and appraisal elements

Geschiedenis beheer

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

Directe bron van verwerving

Donated by Linda K. Wormley

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


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other Kerr papers

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Naam ontsluitingsterm

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Voorwaarden voor raadpleging en gebruik

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