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RG2386.AM:  Val (Frederick Valdemar Erastus) Peterson, 1903-1983



Papers:  1942-1977, n.d.

Oakland, Burt County, Neb.:  Former Nebraska Governor

Size:  6.0 cu.ft.; 6 boxes



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Val (Frederick Valdemar Erastus) Peterson was born in Oakland, Nebraska, on July 18, 1903, the son of Henry C. and Hermanda (Swanberg) Peterson. He graduated from Wayne State College in 1927 and received an MA degree from the University of Nebraska in 1931, taking additional graduate study the next two years. He married Elizabeth Howells Pleak on June 6, 1929.



Peterson coached athletics and taught government and history in Nebraska high schools from 1925-1930 and was superintendent of the Elgin public schools from 1933-1939. He published the Elgin Review from 1936-1946, and served as secretary to Nebraska Governor, Dwight Griswold in 1941 and 1942. Peterson was elected three times as Governor of Nebraska on the Republican ticket serving from 1947 to 1953. From 1953-1957 he was administrative assistant with cabinet rank to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. During this time he was the Federal Civil Defense Administrator in charge of all disaster relief activities, and presided over White House governors’ and mayors’ conferences. He was named ambassador to Denmark in 1957 and served in that position until 1961 and later served as ambassador to Finland, 1969-1973. In Finland he hosted the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) in 1973.



Val Peterson has received numerous awards and citations for distinguished service in government and in the Air Force during World War II and has served on boards of numerous corporations and professional and fraternal organizations.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The materials in this collection were transferred from Val Peterson’s gubernatorial records held in RG001, SG33. These materials consist of post-gubernatorial correspondence and other files not officially related to Peterson’s time as Governor.



See the photo component [RG2386.PH] for related images. See also the NSHS Library Catalog and the Nebraska History index for published materials by and about Val Peterson.



DESCRIPTION



Box 1

Folder




  1. A 1961-1966

  2. Adams County Sanitary & Improvement Dist. #1

  3. Air Force Association

  4. Ak-Sar-Ben

  5. Ambassadorship 1975

  6. American Retail Federation

  7. B 1961-1966

  8. B 1970s

  9. Bank Records

  10. Behlen Manufacturing Co. 1961-1962 – Fallout Shelters

  11. Behlen Manufacturing Co. – Nebraska Centennial Coliseum, 1963-1965

  12. Bouges (Oakland Independent) 1961-1966

  13. Boy Scouts of America Relief Administration

  14. C 1961-1966

  15. Christian Record Braille Foundation

  16. Council of Former Governors, Inc. 1976

  17. Curtis, Carl T. (Sen., US)

  18. D 1961-1966

  19. Danaher, Earl – Insurance Complaint

  20. Danish Brotherhood in America

  21. Ambassador to Denmark

  22. Denmark/Sweden

  23. Denmark – Crowe Letters, 1974

  24. Durham, C.W. 1962-

  25. E 1963-1966

  26. Eisenhower, Dwight D.

  27. Election Results – 1964

  28. Election – 1966

  29. Elections – Federal Election Commission, 1975

  30. Expenses – Automobile

  31. F 1961-1966

  32. Fairbury Jr. College

  33. Faulkner, Edwin J. (Woodmen Accident & Life) 1961-1966

  34. Finland, Ambassador to

  35. First National Bank, Hastings, 1963-1966

  36. Ford, Gerald R.

  37. G 1961-1966

  38. Goodman, Thomas Hill, 1961-1965


Box 2

Folder

  1. K 1961-1963

  2. K 1964-1966

  3. L 1961-1963

  4. L 1964-1966

  5. Letters answered and outgoing, 1974

  6. Letters answered and outgoing, 1975

  7. Letters answered and outgoing, 1975-1976

  8. M 1961-1962

  9. M 1963-1964

  10. M 1965-1966

  11. M-1 Rifle (Richard D. Lesh), 1967

  12. Mc 1961-1963

  13. Mc 1964-1965

  14. McDonald Foundation: By Laws

  15. McDonald Foundation: Executive Minutes, 1959-1960

  16. McDonald Foundation Minutes, 1963

  17. N 1961-1963

  18. N 1964-1966

  19. Natural Resources District 1969-1974 Lower & Upper Elkhorn

  20. Neb. Congressman for Val Peterson for Ambassador, 1976

  21. Norman Nordstrand, 1961-1964

  22. Norman Nordstrand, 1965

  23. O 1961-1966

  24. P 1961-1962

  25. P 1963-1964

  26. P 1965-1966

  27. Person to Person

  28. Peterson Family: Fred Kern, 1961-1965

  29. Peterson Family: William Lawn T., 1961-1962

  30. Peterson Family: Carl Peterson, 1962-1965

  31. Peterson Family: Evan Peterson,

  32. Peterson Family: Fred Peterson, 1963-1965


Box 3

Folder

  1. Fred Peterson Railway Commission, 3rd District

  2. Personal, 1962-1965

  3. Personal, 1965-1966

  4. Political, 1963

  5. Political, 1964-1965

  6. Politiken, “Good Bye Val,” 1961

  7. Q 1962

  8. R 1961-1962

  9. R 1963-1964

  10. R 1965-1966

  11. Redpath Bureau (CE Backman), 1963-1965

  12. Republican NTL Convention, 1972

  13. Earl Reutzel, 1961-1965

  14. Nelson Rockefeller, 1975-1976

  15. S 1961-1962

  16. S 1963-1964

  17. S 1965-1966

  18. Sanitary and Improvement District, 1966-1967

  19. Speaking Engagements Accepted, 1965

  20. Speaking Engagements Accepted, 1966, Jan.-Feb.

  21. Speaking Engagements Accepted, 1966, Mar.

  22. Speaking Engagements Accepted, 1966, Apr.-May

  23. Speaking Engagements Not Accepted, 1966, Feb.-Mar.

  24. Speaking Engagements Not Accepted, 1966, Apr.-May

  25. T 1961-1963

  26. T 1964-1966

  27. Telephone Conversations

  28. Tiemann, 1966

  29. Visit to Turkey

  30. U 1961-1966

  31. V 1961-1966

  32. W 1961-1962

  33. W 1963-1964

  34. W 1965-1966

  35. Waste, Animal: Nebraska Management Project

  36. Water Preservation Plans, 1963

  37. Wayne State College, Public Affairs Institute Info, 1975

  38. George Wright, 1961-1965

  39. X-Y-Z 1961-1966


Box 4

Folder

  1. AASCU Announcement, 1976

  2. AASCU Clippings, 1976

  3. Awards & Letterhead

  4. Biographical Sketch

  5. Cards & Plates

  6. Certificate of Election: Director Lower Elkhorn at Large NRD

  7. Congressional Record: Civil Defense Program, 1961

  8. Bob Considine Series on Think Tanks

  9. Diet by Dr. Paul Charlton

  10. Finland

  11. Finland Booklets

  12. Finland, General

  13. Finland: Newspaper Articles and Personal

  14. Finland: S.A.L.T. Newspaper Clippings

  15. Finland Speeches: 1958-1959

  16. Foreign Newspaper Clippings

  17. Governors Mansion, General Material

  18. Mental Health Project Grant Application

  19. Middle East Conference: Wayne State College, 1974

  20. Military Records, 1942-1945

  21. Military Records, 1945-1955

  22. Military Records, 1955-1957

  23. Military Records, 1961

  24. Military Records, 1962-1963

  25. University of Nebraska Budget Controversy: Gov Exon Newspaper Clippings, 1971

  26. Passports

  27. Personal, Federal Government Service

  28. Political, Finland

  29. Resume, 1968-1976

  30. Retirement

  31. American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Awards Luncheon

  32. Speeches: Democratic Administration, 1963-1965

  33. Speech: General

  34. Speech: 1968 GOP Convention

  35. Speech: Natural Law and Scientific Method

  36. Speeches: Nebraska’s Strengths and Weaknesses

  37. Speech Note cards

  38. Speech: The Open Society

  39. Speeches: A Plan for Action: Governor’s Game Plan

  40. Republican Dinner, Columbus, 1965

  41. Speech Titles

  42. Tribute to Fred Seaton

  43. Speech: Wealthy Countries Get Richer – Poor Countries Get Poorer

  44. Speech: Wesleyans Great Teaching Program

  45. Who’s Who Papers


Box 5

Folder

  1. Daily Log, 1961-1962

  2. Daily Log, 1963-1964

  3. Daily Log, 1965-1966

  4. Daily Log, 1968

  5. Daily Log, 1975-1976

  6. Daily Log, 1977

  7. Diary, 1963

  8. Diary, 1964

  9. Certificate of Secretary to the Gov.

  10. Civil Defense, 1956-1957

  11. Paper on Val Peterson

  12. Briefing Book on Finland

  13. Finland Fact Book

  14. Helsinki Consultations

  15. Consolidated Reports on FCDA Programs

  16. Economic Strengths of NE

  17. Address Book


Box 6

Folder

  1. Ha 1961-1966

  2. He-Hu

  3. Hardin, Clifford M.

  4. Hastings State Hospital

  5. Helprin, Dorothy

  6. Honorariums

  7. Hruska, Roman L.

  8. Hump Pilots Association, 1970-1972

  9. I

  10. Insurance

  11. International Christian Leadership

  12. International Club of Washington

  13. International Platform Assn.

  14. J

  15. Legislative Council

  16. Legislative – Nebraska

  17. Lutheran Church

  18. Martin, Dave (M.C.)

  19. McDonald Foundation

  20. McDonald (J.M.) Company

  21. Media

  22. Memberships

  23. Mid-America Mutual Fund, Inc.

  24. Nebraska Association For 4-H Development

  25. Nebraska Heart Association

  26. Nebraska State Centennial Commission

  27. Nebraska State Offices

  28. Real Estate – Florida/Tennessee

  29. Real Estate – Hastings

  30. Real Estate – Wayne, Nebraska

  31. Republican Central Committee

  32. Republican National Convention, 1972

  33. Sod House Society

  34. Taxation

  35. Taxes

  36. Nebraska Tax Research Council, Inc.

  37. US Air Force Reserve Center

  38. US Civil Service Commission

  39. US Congress – Congrats to Members

  40. US Dept. of Defense

  41. GSA – National Archives

  42. United State – State Dept.

  43. University of Nebraska

  44. Board of Regents Campaign, 1961-1962

  45. University of Nebraska – Board of Regents, 1962-1963

  46. University of Nebraska – Board of Regents, 1964

  47. University of Nebraska – Board of Regents, 1965

  48. University of Nebraska – Trip to Turkey, 1965

  49. University of Nebraska – Board of Regents, 1966

  50. Board of Regents Minutes, 1963-1965

  51. Veterans of Foreign Wars

  52. Water Resources

  53. Wayne State College (Bressler, John T., Jr.)

  54. Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial



 


ADDED ENTRIES:

Ambassadors — United States

Diplomatic and Consular Service, American — Denmark

Diplomatic and Consular Service, American — Finland

McDonald Foundation

Peterson, Val (Frederick Valdemar Erastus), 1903-1983

Peterson family

Politics — Nebraska

University of Nebraska



 



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