Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 396
Theodore Saloutos (1910-1980)
Papers, circa 1920-1980, undated

Descriptive summary

creator: Saloutos, Theodore (1910-1980)
title: Papers
dates: circa 1920-1980, undated
extent: 26.67 linear feet (63 document boxes, 1 half-document box, and 1 file card box)
collection number: MS 396
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Theodore Saloutos Papers, MS 396, Department of Special Collections, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Theodore Saloutos, 1910-1980, B.A., Milwaukee State Teachers College, 1933; PhD in History, University of Wisconsin, 1940. Saloutos was a lecturer in the Department of History at UCLA from 1945, and full professor from 1955 until his retirement. His primary research interests included agrarian politics and reform movements, and immigration studies, Greek immigration to the United States in particular.

Saloutos served as president of the Agriculture History Society, 1965-1966, and was elected first president of the Immigration History Society in 1973. He was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Agricultural History in 1957.

Publications include: Agricultural Discontent in the Middle West, 1900-1939, 1951; They Remember America: The Story of the Repatriated Greek-Americans, 1956; Farmer Movements in the South, 1865-1933, (co-authored with John Hicks) 1960; The Greeks in the United States, 1964; Populism: Reaction or Reform?, 1968, and The American Farmer and the New Deal, (published posthumously in 1982); as well as numerous articles and book reviews.


Collection description

Collection includes correspondence, writings, and subject files. Correspondence concerns Saloutos’s research and publications in labor and agrarian history, and grants and teaching positions. Research notes and drafts of publications are included.

Saloutos’s subject files comprise the bulk of the collection. These contain notes, correspondence, and background material (annotated clippings and reports) that Saloutos gathered in support of his research.

Note: Saloutos’s research and writings on labor and agrarian history are the focus of this collection. The Saloutos collection at the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota holds the bulk of Saloutos’s papers relating to his writing and research in immigration history.



The collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1, Correspondence, 1936-1980

Series 2, Writings, undated

Series 3, Subject files, undated


Container list

The full finding aid is available as a PDF file: Theodore Saloutos Papers Finding Aid.