• Collection: World War I
199541-997121 - Orabutt Christopher - May 6, 2016 354 PM - OrabuttC_LettertoSchoolsofIowa_Metcalf_Page#1.jpg.jpg

The Iowa Council of National Defense decided that German should not be taught in any schools in Iowa. German songs and texts must not be read or sung in schools either. It is mentioned that when this letter was written, there still was not a single…
199541-997121 - Orabutt Christopher - May 6, 2016 354 PM - OrabuttC_LettertoPress_Metcalf_Page#1.jpg.jpg

The Committee on Publicity is creating a fellow committee which will go through the newspapers of Iowa looking for important pieces of propaganda that they which for the entire Iowa National Defense team to know.
199541-997121 - Orabutt Christopher - May 6, 2016 354 PM - OrabuttC_LibertyDay_Metcalf_Page#1.jpg.jpg

Governor W.L. Harding created a state-wide holiday called
199541-997121 - Orabutt Christopher - May 6, 2016 354 PM - OrabuttC_LettertoLibrarians_Metcalf_Page#1.jpg.jpg

The letter is written by Herbert J. Metcalf, Secretary for the Council of National Defense in Iowa. He is targeting German-Americans and any German sympathizers. He wants to collect a list of any book that is in any way pro-German.
200632-997121 - Jennings Ashley - Apr 9, 2016 229 PM - JenningsA_HermanTernestoH.J.Metcalf,December8,1917_Metcalf.JPG

Herman Ternes writes to H.J. Metcalf to acknowledge receipt of his notice of appointment to the position of Chairman for his county of the United States Public Service Reserve. Additionally, Ternes requests more application blanks and franked…
200632-997121 - Jennings Ashley - Apr 9, 2016 229 PM - JenningsA_F.W.ParrotttoW.E.Hall,December4,1917_Metcalf.JPG

F.W. Parrott, Iowa State Commission auditor, writes to W.E. Hall expressing that his department would be pleased to give publicity to the cause of looking for skilled workmen who are available for public service.
200632-997121 - Jennings Ashley - Apr 9, 2016 229 PM - JenningsA_FrankG.PiercetoH.J.Metcalf,January4,1918_Metcalf.JPG

Secretary of the League of Iowa Municipalities, Frank G. Pierce, writes to H.J. Metcalf to send registration cards of men from Marshalltown, Iowa interested in securing employment in the shipbuilding industry for the U.S. Public Service Reserve. …
200632-997121 - Jennings Ashley - Apr 9, 2016 229 PM - JenningsA_WilliamFriestoU.S.PublicServiceReserveoftheDepartmentofLabor,January28,1918_Metcalf.jpg

Fries writes to the U.S. Public Service Reserve of the Department of Labor to request information (e.g. wages) about enrolling in the shipbuilding industry. Additionally, Fries describes how he was in the draft, but rejected for service because he…
200632-997121 - Jennings Ashley - Apr 9, 2016 229 PM - JenningsA_FredNelsontoW.E.Hall,January1,1918_Metcalf.JPG

Nelson writes to W.E. Hall of the U.S. Department of Labor offering to volunteer to recruit people to enroll for the U.S. Public Service Reserve. Nelson writes from a Davenport, Iowa address.
207018-997121 - Hewitt Natalie Jo - May 6, 2016 1159 PM - HewittN_MilwaukeeJournalResponse_Metcalf_Page1.jpg

A response from HJ Metcalf to the Milwaukee Journal about how to respond to and control German propaganda and influences within their society.
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