Joseph F. "Joe" Wall Papers 1950-1988

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Joseph F. "Joe" Wall Papers 1950-1988




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Joseph Frazier Wall was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1920 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College in 1941. He received his M.A. at Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in American history. He joined the Grinnell faculty in 1947 and served as Chair of the Faculty from 1966-70 and as Dean of the College from 1969-73 under President Leggett. After a few years away from Grinnell, Wall returned in 1980 as the first Rosenfield Professor and as Director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs. He retired as professor emeritus of history in 1990.

Wall was a noted author; among his best-known books were Andrew Carnegie (1970); Iowa: a history (1978); and Alfred I. DuPont (1990). At the time of his death in 1995 he was writing a comprehensive history of Grinnell College as part of the College's Sesquicentennial celebration; the book was posthumously published in 1997.

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Consists of holograph, typescript, and proofs of Joseph Wall's biography, Andrew Carnegie (1970), holograph and typescript of Henry Watterson: Reconstructed Rebel (1956), and of the page proof of Interpreting Twentieth-Century America (1973).  A small part of the collection includes some correspondence connected with Andrew Carnegie. Also included is a typescript of the Grinnell College Faculty Handbook (1969) and talks and memos concerning the Abler-Woodworth controversy of 1974.

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Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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  • English

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Photocopy of pamphlet, Physiocratie, ou Constitution Naturelle Du Government separated and recycled. It got wet and pages could no longer be separated in order to be read.

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