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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Hartle, John Agar, 1892 - 1979. Papers, 1945 - 1977.
MSU Archives Collection 1287



Hartle, John Agar, 1892 - 1979. Papers, 1945 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1287. 1 and 1/2 hollinger.

Abstract:

This collection consists of items pertaining to John Agar Hartle, of Owatonna, Minnesota. Hartle served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1935 until 1968. Included in the collection is Hartle's correspondence, legislative materials, items pertaining to Hartle's role in the Minnesota Republican Party (including letters from Harold Stassen and Richard Nixon), campaign materials, and other memorabilia from his time in the House of Representatives. Also included in the collection is the transcript of an oral history interview with Hartle, conducted in 1977. In the interview, he discusses his family background, and mostly about his position on issues during his time in the Legislature.

Biographical Note:

John Agar Hartle was born in 1892 on a farm near Owatonna, Minnesota. Hartle was a lifelong farmer who farmed 800 acres and raised purebred hogs and Holstein cattle. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1935 until 1968, as speaker from 1949 to 1953, and was never defeated in running for office. As chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party, Hartle attended the 1952 and 1956 Republican national conventions as a Minnesota delegate.

John Hartle died in April of 1979.

Biographical information obtained from the collection, Owatonna People's Press, 5 April 1979, and from the Legislative Manual, 1967 - 1968.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of items pertaining to John Agar Hartle, of Owatonna, Minnesota. Included in the collection is his legislative correspondence (1951 - 1970), legislation and bills (1961 - 1963), undated notes used for speeches, items pertaining to Minnesota Republican Party activities (1952 - 1960), campaign material (1946 - 1962), newspaper clippings (1945 - 1976), and items from Hartle's service as a Minnesota delegate to the 1956 Republican National Convention. An oral history interview conducted with Hartle is also part of the collection. In this interview, Hartle discusses his family background and his positions on various issues that were important during his time in the Legislature.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Hartle, John Agar, 1892 - 1979. Papers, 1945 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1287, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

John A. Hartle donated this collection in July 1977.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in May 1979. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell December 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about John Agar Hartle available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Hartle, John Agar, 1892 - 1979.
Minnesota. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Stassen, Harold, 1907 - 2001.
Nixon, Richard, 1913 - 1994.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1287

Box

Folder

Campaign material, undated and 1946 – 1962

1

9

Election results tabulation, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1962; and list of conservative candidates, 1956

1

10

Legislation, bills, 1961 – 1963

1

2

Legislative correspondence, undated and 1951 – 1970

1

1

Legislative informational material, undated and 1950 – 1962

1

3

Midwestern Regional Conference of State Governments, July 1955

1

4

Minnesota Republican Party activities, 1956 – 1960

1

7

Minnesota Republican Party activities, undated and 1952 – 1955

1

6

Newspaper clippings, undated and 1945 – 1976

2

1

Newspaper clippings, undated and 1945 – 1976

2

2

Notes and memoranda, possibly for speeches, undated

1

5

Republican National Convention, 1956

1

8

Retirement letters, 1968; memorabilia, stationary, undated

1

11

Transcript of oral history interview, 1977

2

3