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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG3563.AM:  William Henry Meier, 1904-1997



Papers:  1946-1963

Minden, Kearney County, Neb.:  Lawyer; Democratic Party leader

Size:  11 boxes; 10.5 cu.ft.



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Born in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 23, 1904, William Henry Meier graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1926 with an A.B. degree. He taught English and history in Puerto Rico for a year and then returned to Lincoln. Meier attended the University of Nebraska College of Law, graduating in 1930. From 1932-1934 he worked as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. William Meier married Mabel Utter on August 12, 1934.



William Meier worked for the Federal Land Bank in Omaha from 1934-1936. In 1936 the Meiers moved to Minden, Nebraska, where he started a private law practice. Meier served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Omaha from 1942-1945. He returned to Minden in 1945, where he remained in private practice until his retirement. Meier was active in the Nebraska Democratic Party, serving for a time as the Chair of the Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee. He was a candidate for U.S. Representative in 1946, but he lost to Carl T. Curtis. Meier ran for U.S. Senate in 1954, but he was defeated by Hazel Abel.



William H. Meier passed away at the Mt. Carmel Home in Kearney, Nebraska, on January 6, 1997. His wife, Mabel, preceded him in death. He was cremated and buried in the Minden Cemetery.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The collection consists of papers relating to William H. Meier’s involvement in the Nebraska Democratic Party. The majority of materials relate to Meier’s service on the Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee. The collection includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, newsletters, financial information, etc. Also included are materials relating to Meier’s campaigns for U.S. House and Senate in 1946 and 1954. The last box of the collection consists of materials relating to Meier’s involvement in the Nebraska Bi-Partisan Committee from 1953-1954.



Note: The collection is mostly unprocessed, but the following inventory is available.



INVENTORY


Box 1

Folder

  1. Democrats State Central Committee, 1957-1959

  2. Democratic County Committee

  3. Democratic Central Committee; Kearney County

  4. Democratic County Convention, May 29, 1958

  5. Delegates to 1954 Convention

  6. Radio

  7. 1952 Budget

  8. Under-Secretary McCormick

  9. Stevenson-Sparkman Fund

  10. Executive Com Meeting, October 5, 1952

  11. P&S

  12. Executive Committee Meeting, Sept. 17, 1952

  13. Veteran’s Committee

  14. Democratic Newsletter

  15. PMA Lists (Dem.)

  16. Sparkman

  17. 1952 Campaign

  18. Candidates (Dem.)

  19. Dem. State Finance

  20. Demo. State Committee (1952) General File

  21. National Committee Reports (Dem.)


Box 2

Folder

  1. Democratic State Committee General File

  2. 1954 Campaign

  3. 1954 Candidates

  4. First Congressional District

  5. Democratic Party

  6. State Committee Meeting

  7. Jefferson-Jackson Day

  8. Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner

  9. Financial Information

  10. Lincoln Co

  11. 1952 Jefferson-Jackson Day – Daily Receipts and Banking records, Donors Names and Addresses

  12. Democratic State Committee

  13. Democratic State Central Committee 1962-1963


Box 3

Folder

  1. Credentials Committee

  2. Finance Committee Audit – Remittances

  3. Paid Bills

  4. Democratic Third Congressional District Convention and Election

  5. Printing

  6. Platform Committee

  7. Women’s Division Packet re. Meetings, Etc.

  8. State Committee Meeting, Oct. 18, 1952

  9. Post Primary Convention, Hastings (1954)

  10. Next Executive Committee Meeting

  11. Convention Arrangements

  12. Finances

  13. YD Magazine

  14. Democratic Digest

  15. State Committee Vacancies

  16. National Advisory Council

  17. 1953 YD State Convention

  18. Contributions to Democratic State Committee

  19. State Central Committee Meeting Nominating US Senator

  20. Executive Committee Meeting, May 15, 1954

  21. 1953 National Committee Reports & Publicity

  22. Personal (Dem.)

  23. PM & Rural Routes


Box 4

Folder

  1. Committee List – 2nd Cong.

  2. Midterm Democratic Convention 1959, Resolutions Committee

  3. Platform

  4. Committee on Revision of Official Rules, Democratic Party in Nebraska

  5. Democratic National Convention

  6. Agriculture

  7. Bipartisan Committee

  8. Jefferson-Jackson Day Programs, Procedures


Box 5

Folder

  1. Primary (Dem.)

  2. State Pre-Primary Convention (Democratic) 1952

  3. Democratic State Convention – Resolutions Committee

  4. Democratic State Central Committee 1962

  5. Nebraska Democratic Platform 1962

  6. Platform and Development of Issues – Democratic National Committee Training School – Omaha

  7. Democratic State Central Committee

  8. Dollars for Democrats Drive booklets


Box 6

Folder

  1. Adams County

  2. Antelope

  3. Arthur

  4. Banner

  5. Blaine

  6. Boone

  7. Box Butte

  8. Boyd

  9. Brown

  10. Buffalo

  11. Burt

  12. Butler

  13. Cass

  14. Cedar

  15. Chase

  16. Cherry

  17. Cheyenne

  18. Clay

  19. Colfax

  20. Cuming

  21. Custer

  22. Dakota

  23. Dawes

  24. Dems Bills – Unpaid

  25. Dawson

  26. Deuel

  27. Dixon

  28. Dodge

  29. Douglas

  30. Fillmore

  31. Franklin

  32. Frontier

  33. Gage

  34. Garden

  35. Garfield

  36. Gosper

  37. Grant

  38. Greeley

  39. Hall

  40. Hamilton

  41. Hayes

  42. Hitchcock

  43. Hooker

  44. Howard

  45. Jefferson

  46. Johnson

  47. Kearney

  48. Keith

  49. Keya Paha

  50. Kimball

  51. Knox

  52. Lancaster

  53. Logan

  54. Loup

  55. McPherson

  56. Madison

  57. Merrick

  58. Morrill

  59. Nemaha

  60. Nuckolls

  61. Otoe

  62. Pawnee

  63. Perkins

  64. Phelps

  65. Pierce

  66. Platte

  67. Polk

  68. Red Willow

  69. Richardson

  70. Rock

  71. Saline

  72. Sarpy

  73. Saunders

  74. Scotts Bluff

  75. Seward

  76. Sheridan

  77. Sherman

  78. Sioux

  79. Stanton

  80. Thayer

  81. Thomas

  82. Thurston

  83. Valley

  84. Washington

  85. Wayne

  86. Webster

  87. Wheeler

  88. York


Box 7

Folder

  1. Democratic State Committee – General File

  2. Democratic State Committee (1952) – General File

  3. Kerr (Dem.)

  4. Democratic Delegates to National Convention

  5. Next Executive Committee Meeting

  6. State Convention; June 13, 1950 – Pre-Primary

  7. Doctors

  8. Personal Congratulations Dems State Organization

  9. Democratic County Pre-Primary Conventions

  10. Rep. Miller, R., 4th Nebraska

  11. Former Rep. Buffett., R., 2nd, Nebraska

  12. Rep. Stefan, R., 3rd. Nebraska

  13. Jefferson-Jackson Day Contributors – 1951 by Counties – w/ Amounts for 1948, 1949, 1950

  14. Candidates Committee

  15. 1953 Jefferson-Jackson Day (Dems)

  16. Pre-Primary Conference

  17. 1953 Democratic State Committee, General File


Box 8

Folder

  1. Meier for Congress, 1946

  2. 1st District Newsletter, 1947-1948

  3. Meier for US Senate Short Term, 1954

  4. Lincoln Telephone Directory, Nov. 1946

  5. Political Payments

  6. Nebraska Public Works

  7. General Election Material

  8. Political Advertising

  9. Questionnaires, Political

  10. Agriculture and REA

  11. Communism

  12. International

  13. Labor

  14. Taxes & Government Economy

  15. Printed Circular


Box 9

Folder

  1. State Wide Appointments

  2. Jackson Day Dinner & Committee, 1951

  3. County Chairmen – Letter No. 1

  4. County Chairmen – Form Letter No. 2

  5. County Chairmen – Follow Up Cards

  6. 1951 Jefferson-Jackson Day, finances

  7. Resolutions Committee

  8. Executive Secretary Democratic Committee

  9. Post-Primary Convention, State Delegates & Proceedings

  10. Post-Primary Convention & Conferences

  11. National Convention

  12. Jefferson-Jackson Day

  13. 1952 Post-Primary Convention


Box 10

Folder

  1. 1st District Democratic Newsletter

  2. Meier for US Senator

  3. Mrs. George P. Abel

  4. National Committee Reports & Publicity

  5. Research Division Reports

  6. Meier for Senate, Adv. Media

  7. Indiana

  8. Senatorial Clip Sheet


Box 11   Nebraska Bi-Partisan Committee

Folder

  1. Correspondence, 1953, June 23

  2. Correspondence, 1953, July

  3. Correspondence, 1953, Aug.

  4. Correspondence, 1953, Sep.

  5. Correspondence, 1953, Oct.

  6. Correspondence, 1953, Nov.

  7. Correspondence, 1953, Dec.

  8. Correspondence, 1954, Jan.

  9. Correspondence, 1954, Mar.

  10. Correspondence, 1954, Apr.

  11. Correspondence, 1954, June-Sept.

  12. Jefferson-Jackson Day Receipts, 1954, June

  13. Bicameral Initiative Petition, 1953-1954

  14. In-Party Tally Sheets, 1954

  15. Pro-Bicameral Printed Matter, 1953, Oct.



 


ADDED ENTRIES:

Meier, William Henry, 1904-1997

Nebraska Bi-Partisan Committee

Nebraska Democratic Party

Politics — Nebraska



 



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