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Iowa State University
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MS 44
National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association
Records, 1927-1991


Descriptive summary

creator: National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association
title: National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association records
dates: 1927-1991
extent: 18.06 linear feet (43 document boxes)
collection number: MS 44
repository: Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives.
language: English

 

Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Special Collections and University Archives
preferred citation: National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association Records, MS 44, Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives.

 

Access points

people, families, and corporate bodies:

National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association.

Iowa Farmers Union.
places:  
subjects:

Pork industry and trade -- Taxation -- Law and legislation.
Pork industry and trade -- Political activity -- Iowa.

Lobbying -- Iowa -- 20th century.
genres:

Financial records
Publications (documents)
Claims
Minutes (administrative records)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Speeches (documents)

 

Abstract

The National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association was initially founded in March 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association. Its purpose was to lobby for legislation to refund the Hog Process Tax, declared illegal by the Supreme Court. This collection contains correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, minutes, speeches, financial records, and claims. Correspondents include Andrew J. Johnson, Donald Van Vleet, D. B. Gurney, Helen Holehan, Edward E. Kennedy, and Guy M. Gillette.

 

Historical note

The organization was founded in March 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association to lobby for legislation to refund the Hog Process Tax, declared illegal by the Supreme Court. It became the National Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association (NFPTRA) a year later. Edward E. Kennedy was NFPTRA's Washington, D.C., representative; his main duty was to lobby Congress. Other officers included Donald Van Vleet, president, and Andrew J. Johnson, secretary. Johnson was also president of the Iowa Farmers Union. D. B. Gurney, the leading figure behind the movement to refund the processing tax, initiated claims for the farmers.

 

Collection description

This collection (1927-1991) contains correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, minutes, speeches, financial records, and claims. Correspondents include Andrew J. Johnson, Donald Van Vleet, D. B. Gurney, Helen Holehan, Edward E. Kennedy, and Guy M. Gillette.

 

Custodial history

These records were given to Iowa State University Library by the children of Andrew Johnson of Moorhead, Iowa, in October 1974.

 

Related materials

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Organization

The files are listed chronologically.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

30

14

NFPTRA correspondence, court citations, briefs, and miscellaneous materials

1927-1944

41

3

Iowa Farmers Union Convention address of 1928, Iowa Farmers Union membership in Boone County, petitions and correspondence

1928-1940

30

4

NFPTRA correspondence, cream grading law, bus timetables, and farm and labor news

1930-1939

33

4

Taxation, farmers’ problems, and related issues

1932-1941

40

2

National Farmers Union legislative program

1933

42

6

Constitution of second degree of the National Farmers Holiday Association, general resolutions adopted

1933

41

14

Iowa Farmers Union activities

1933-1938

34

4-6

NFPTRA copies of original sales slips for hogs

1933-1940

33

5

Materials unrelated to agricultural problems

1933-1943

31

9

Farm record book

1934

41

13

Iowa Farmers Union Mutual Life Insurance Association

1934

8

12

Farmers Process Tax Recovery Association, data of participants in the AAA program

1934-1935

10

9

Data showing AAA participants in Nebraska according to county

1934-1935

15

18

Data of participants in AAA program in Minnesota according to county

1934-1935

16

1-12

D.B. Gurney’s files: correspondence

1934-1938

17

1-10

D.B. Gurney’s files: correspondence

1934-1938

18

1-10

D.B. Gurney’s files: correspondence

1934-1938

19

1-10

D.B. Gurney’s files: correspondence

1934-1938

20

1-5

D.B. Gurney’s files: correspondence

1934-1938

21

1-8

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1933-1938

22

1-8

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1933-1938

23

1-9

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

24

1-10

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

24A

1-10

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

25

1-9

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

26

1-8

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

27

1-10

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

28

1-11

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

29

1-5

D.B. Gurney’s files: refund files

1934-1938

40

4

Minutes of the meeting of the board of directors and councilors of the F.E.C.U.A. Iowa division

1935-1936

5

8

Wisconsin agreements for 1940

1935-1940

30

11

NFPTRA newspaper clippings and process tax memberships

1935-1945

5

9

Correspondence between NFPTRA and Wyoming

1936

5

12

Correspondence between President Donald Van Vleet and the U.S. congressman Hubert Utterback

1936

32

1

Processing tax general files, minutes, financial statements and correspondence

1936

40

5

F.E.C.U.A. Livestock Commission Company proceedings, facts and conclusions by the Secretary of Agriculture

1936

41

1

Iowa Farmers Union, list of paid membership, addresses and press releases, President of Iowa farmers union

1936

31

5

Meeting of 1936, news releases, correspondence, agreement and contract breaks

1936, undated

32

2

Processing tax general files, membership lists, news releases and clippings

1936-1937

32

4

Unanswered mail, news clippings, and an article on the processing tax by Daniel Van Vleet and correspondence with Guy M. Gillette

1936-1937

40

8-10

Receipts of F.E.C.U.A. and dues from various Iowa counties

1936-1937

5

11

Pending materials, photographs and newspaper clippings and price lists for oils and greasesĀ 

1936-1938

31

4

Minutes of board, President Van Vleet’s letter of resignation from the board, and financial statements

1936-1938

36

1-12

Correspondence between state NFPTRA committeemen arranged in alphabetical order of members last names A-E

1936-1938

37

1-14

Correspondence between Iowa county NFPTRA committeemen arranged in alphabetical order of members last names G-M

1936-1938

41

2

Iowa Farmers Union convention resolutions and correspondence relating to national farmers union

1936-1938

41

5-8

State president’s editorial (Andrew Johnson) in Iowa Union Farmer

1936-1938

31

1

Original incorporation papers, license certificate and agreement

1936-1938

3

1-10

Correspondence between the NFPTRA president and the Iowa County committee members, last names D-L

1936-1939

4

1-12

Correspondence between the NFPTRA president and the Iowa County committee members, last names M-W

1936-1939

5

2

Missouri correspondence between Agricultural Adjustment Act and non-signers and the N.F.P.T.A. president

1936-1939

5

3

Missouri agreements and correspondence with Andrew J. Johnson

1936-1939

5

7

Correspondence between Helen Holehan, Edward Kennedy, and Andrew J. Johnson

1936-1939

11

12-14

Non-Iowa Farmers Union members who have claims

1936-1939

10

1-8

Nebraska Agreements and correspondence

1936-1940

32

9

Rules and instructions to county committees, bulletins, and an extract from the Congressional Record

1936-1940

40

1

Correspondence between the F.E.C.U.A. and Andrew Johnson of the NFPTRA

1936-1940

39

A

Financial accounts

1936-1941

34

1-3

NFPTRA bank statements

1936-1942

1

1-29

Letters acknowledging receipt of membership dues from Iowa counties

1937

2

1-30

Letters acknowledging receipt of membership dues from Iowa counties

1937

31

6

Agreement with Edward Kennedy

1937

32

5

Iowa process tax, congressional record, H.J. Res. 474, correspondence and pamphlet dealing with the process tax

1937

33

1

Press releases and newspaper clippings

1937

42

1

Provisions of the soil conservation districts of Iowa

1937

35

3

NFPTRA statement of expenses submitted by staffs

1937-1938

40

7

F.E.C.U.A. Iowa division minutes of the meetings

1937-1938

42

3

Iowa Planning News, issued by the State Planning Board

1937-1938

5

4

Michigan agreements and correspondence

1937-1939

5

10

Correspondence between Ray Shield and Andrew J. Johnson, and blank statements

1937-1939

9

1-8

Illinois data sheet and correspondence between county committee members and President Daniel Van Vleet

1937-1939

11

1-11

Iowa Process Tax Recovery Claims Agreement arranged under various county committee members

1937-1939

12

1-12

Iowa Process Tax claims Agreement arranged under various county committee members

1937-1939

13

1-12

Indiana Process Tax Claims Agreement arranged under various county committee members

1937-1939

13

13-15

Data of participants in the AAA program in Indiana, correspondence between state committee members and Daniel Van Vleet

1937-1939

30

1

NFPTRA expenses

1937-1939

5

1

Kansas agreements

1937-1940

6

1-12

Illinois claims agreement

1937-1940

7

1-10

Illinois claims agreement

1937-1940

8

1-11

Illinois claims agreement

1937-1940

31

8

Promissory notes and agreements, data on hog sales

1938

32

3

Correspondence between Daniel Van Vleet and the district solicitors, board members and related materials

1938

32

6

General file with list of county committeemen and claimants

1938

40

3

Revocation of the Michigan and Minnesota Chapter by the National Farmers Union convention and appeal

1938

41

12

Report on Iowa Farmers Union Credit Association

1938

42

2

Iowa Centennial Committee Reports

1938

43

1

Commentary by Iowa Farm Tenancy Committee on the Iowa Farm Tenancy Report

1938

43

2-3

Iowa Farm Tenancy Committee’s summary of findings

1938

43

4

Minutes of the Iowa Farm Tenancy Committee meeting of the Iowa State Planning Board

1938

5

5

Ohio agreements, settlements, and correspondence

1938-1939

5

6

South Dakota agreements and correspondence

1938-1939

14

1-18

Minnesota process tax claims arranged under various county committee members and correspondence between state committee members and Daniel Van Vleet

1938-1939

15

1-17

Minnesota claims agreements arranged under various county committee members

1938-1939

30

5

Correspondence concerning process tax recovery, telegramsĀ  and agreements

1938-1939

31

2

Financial statements, articles of incorporation, board and annual general meeting

1938-1939

31

3

Correspondence, finial statements and commissions due to several Iowa farmers

1938-1939

43

5

U.S. Community Improvement Appraisal, report on the Work program of W.P.A. and the U.S. Community Improvement Appraisal for Iowa

1938-1939

32

10

Special dispatch, statements and speeches by Andrew J. Johnson, report on the expulsion of the Michigan committee from NFPTRA and other related matters.

1938-1940

41

4

Andrew Johnson’s correspondence

1938-1940

30

6

NFPTRA correspondence and press releases concerning the process tax refund

1938-1941

30

12

NFPTRA, Edward Kennedy’s "Washington Letter(s)"

1938-1941

39

1-13

Iowa Claims under the NFPTRA of the processing tax reimbursement

1938-1941

33

3

Pamphlets relating to NFPTRA, Senate joint resolution 6639 and 202

1938-1948

30

2

NFPTRA Bills and receipts

1939-1940

32

7

Washington service press release, Senate bill #507, Department of Agriculture memorandum #893, and the Congressional record.

1939-1940

38

1-13

Iowa Claims under the NFPTRA of the processing tax reimbursement

1939-1941

5

13

Andrew J. Johnson’s mail folder

1940

30

10

NFPTRA Edward Kennedy’s address to the annual meeting in Des Moines; correspondence concerning the process tax refund; press releases and lists of Iowa farmers

1940

33

2

Iowa Congressmen and Senators, list of counties to which Country Farmer has been mailed

1940

40

6

F.E.C.U.A. minutes of Colorado convention

1940

42

4

U.S.D.A.’s summery survey of the farm front

1940

32

8

Correspondence between Edward Kennedy and Andrew Johnson regarding the processing tax

1940-1941

31

10

Correspondence relating to the National Association

1940-1943

30

7

NFPTRA correspondence concerning the process tax refund

1941

30

8

NFPTRA correspondence, news clippings and press releases concerning the process tax refund

1941

30

13

NFPTRA correspondence between Edward Kennedy and Andrew J. Johnson

1941

31

7

Commissions due to D.L. Harvey and a copy of his contract

1941

35

1

NFPTRA correspondence between members filing late claims and Andrew J. Johnson

1941

35

2

NFPTRA newspaper clippings

1941

41

11

Iowa Farmers Union Life Insurance Company, financial statement and investment portfolio

1941

30

9

NFPTRA correspondence concerning the process tax refund

1941-0942

30

3

NFPTRA bills and receipts

1941-1942

34

7

Transactions between Andrew J. Johnson and J.C. Robinson Seed Company and the bank agreement

1941-1942

41

15

Transcription of an interview with the children of Andrew Johnson

1991

41

9

Iowa Farmers Union Mutual Automobile Insurance Association

undated

41

10

Iowa Farmers Union Cooperative Oil Association

undated

42

5

Radio broadcast by Milo Reno

undated