The collection deals mainly with Paul H. Appleby, although there are items of interest concerning other members of the Appleby family. The entirety of Paul’s life is included, both political and personal aspects. There are several personal and political photographs and pieces of correspondence. There are also pieces of Grinnell College memorabilia from both Paul’s and Mary Ellen’s time here. There are several noteworthy items in this collection, especially letters to Paul from Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson (written when he was a Congressman) and a letter of condolence from John Fitzgerald Kennedy after Paul’s death. There are also several other moving letters of condolence from many important political figures and they arrive from all over the world. Especially interesting are the ones written after John Kennedy’s assassination a month after Paul’s passing. There are photo albums and several other pictures showing Grinnell College campus life in the early part of the twentieth century. Many of Paul’s writings are also in the collection, including stories written for The Unit; several issues of a magazine he published in his youth, The Chum; and numerous articles published during his political career.
Materials in the collection often refer to family member by initials. PHA is Paul Henson Appleby, RMA is Ruth Meyer Appleby and ME is Mary Ellen Appleby Sarbaugh.
Other collections of interest are the Mary Ellen Appleby Sarbaugh Papers and the Florence Kerr papers.
Paul H. Appleby