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RG4454.AM:  Frank E. Landis, 1913-1983     



Papers:  1950s-1970s

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Insurance executive; State School Board member

Size:  2.5 cu.ft.; 3 boxes



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Frank E. Landis was born at Seward, Nebraska, on December 27, 1913.  He attended public schools at Seward and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1935 with an A.B. degree, and in 1937 with an M.A. and an LL.B.  During the next year, he held an assistantship in the History Department.  In June of 1939, he married Miss Ruth Jennings of Davenport, Iowa, and the couple had four children.  From 1938-1941 Mr. Landis practiced law at Grand Island, Nebraska, and from 1941-1942 he was attorney for the state Department of Insurance.  Mr. Landis served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946, after which he returned to the Department of Insurance, serving in the position of Assistant Director of Insurance until 1948.  Between 1948 and 1951, he held various positions with a Lincoln insurance firm.



Frank Landis served as president of the Lincoln Building Corporation and served on the State Board of Education.  He was an active figure in local Republican Party efforts, and in 1952, he served as a delegate to the party’s national convention.  Landis was also a member of the American Legion, as well as various professional and social organizations.  Frank E. Landis died in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 17, 1983.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The collection consists of three boxes of papers relating to Frank E. Landis’ service as a delegate to the Republican Party National Convention in 1960 and to his service on the Nebraska State Board of Education.  Box 1 consists of Landis’ personal file of letters and miscellaneous materials from the 1960 Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, at which Landis was a delegate.  These materials relate mainly to letters and pamphlets sent to the delegates intended to sway them to support or oppose one or another candidate for G.O.P. nomination to office.  Also included is a folder of convention information, containing rosters, agendas, and a seating chart for delegates.  Folder 12 contains several envelopes of what Landis noted as “crackpot” material, including pamphlets and newsletters from super patriotic anti-Communistic groups and racist groups.



Boxes 2 and 3 contain files relating to Frank E. Landis’ service on the Nebraska State Board of Education from the 1950s to the 1970s.  Materials include correspondence, reports, clippings, etc. covering various subjects including school district consolidations, sex education, busing, funding for private schools and education of children with special needs.  Also included are materials relating to Landis’ work with the Cornhusker Education Corporation, Inc. 



The collection is unprocessed, but an inventory is available.



Note:  For records relating to Frank Landis’ time with the American Legion, see RG2959.AM.



INVENTORY



Box 1

Folder




    1. Material for and against Gerald R. Ford

    1. Material for and against Barry M. Goldwater

    1. Material for and against Henry Cabot Lodge

    1. Material for and against James P. Mitchell

    1. Material for and against Thurston B. Morton

    1. Material for and against Richard M. Nixon

    1. Material for and against Nelson A. Rockefeller

    1. Material for and against Fred A. Seaton

    1. Material for and against Philip H. Willkie

    1. Miscellaneous correspondence (Note:  Does not include personal letters from or concerning candidates–these are retained in the appropriate folder)

    1. Convention information

    1. Extremist Material including:

      Env.1   American Birthright Committee

      Env.2   Christian Crusade

      Env.3   Keep American Committee

      Env.4   The American Nationalist (publication)

      Env.5   Christian Education Association

      Env.6   Americans for Constitutional Action

      Env.7   Committee of One Million

      Env.8   National Economic Council

    1. Miscellany, including party newsletters, Chicago Chamber of Commerce information and entertainment guides



Box 2

Folder




    1. Miscellaneous (Protests Rules and Regulations adoption)

    1. The Letter – Education

    1. LB301 protests

    1. Nebraska Surety Company

    1. Mrs. Deborah Shepherd

    1. Cornhusker Education Corporation correspondence, 1970, Jan.-Apr.

    1. Cornhusker Education Corporation correspondence, 1970, Apr.-July

    1. Teacher’s contract, 1970

    1. District 1

    1. Districts 2 and 8

    1. District 3

    1. District 4

    1. District 5

    1. District 6

    1. Proposed rules and regulations – Class 1 schools

    1. Reorganization Re-districting – State Board of Education

    1. Amendment 15

    1. State Aid for Education

    1. Great Plains – Little Hoover

    1. Curtis (Medicine Valley) School

    1. SIECUS – letters re. schools

    1. Walk-out on Brauer’s oration

    1. Support of Dr. Miller and Board of Education

    1. Education offices in Lincoln Building Corporation

    1. Board of Education – 1962 – American Field Service, Sherman County District 8 vs. State Board; Philosophy & Beliefs – State Board proposed building – School for the Deaf

    1. State Board of Education – Amendment 301

    1. Teachers’ contracts

    1. State Board of Education – Campaign, 1962

    1. Sex Education – Milford hearing, 1970

    1. Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

    1. Education – Revenue bonds, Milford Trade School

    1. Private Vocational Schools

    1. Sex Education – Schools

    1. Majority and Minority Reports on Sex Education

    1. KUON-TV

    1. Hastings workshop

    1. LB403

    1. Nebraska Council for Educational Television, Inc., 1969

    1. State Board – Vocational Education

    1. State Aid to Education

    1. Budget – State Board of Education

    1. Steering Committee

    1. Board of Education correspondence, 1968

    1. Nebraska Colleges and Universities

    1. Portland conference



Box 3

Folder




    1. State Board of Education – Frank Sr. correspondence, 1975-1977

    1. State Board of Education – 1976 Campaign – Frank Sr.

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1974

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1973

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1972

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1971

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1970

    1. Board of Education minutes of meetings, 1974

    1. Board of Education minutes of meetings, 1973

    1. State Board of Education campaign, 1968

    1. State Board of Education campaign, 1972

    1. Board of Education rules of practice & procedure

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1966

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1965

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1963-1964

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1956

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1962

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1960

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1958

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1957

    1. Board of Education campaign, 1954

    1. Board of Education campaign, 1956

    1. State Board of Education correspondence, 1967



 



Subject headings:



Cornhusker Education Corporation, Inc.

Education

Landis, Frank E., 1913-1983

Nebraska. State Board of Education

Political parties

Political parties — Extremist groups

Republican Party — National Convention, 1960



 



DAB/HEK/ab          02-18-1967

Revised TMM        03-30-2009; 12-16-2021