Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
SMITH, Neal Edward (1920-)

SMITH, NEAL EDWARD, a Representative from Iowa; born in Hedrick, Keokuk County, Iowa, March 23, 1920; attended the public schools of Packwood, Iowa; attended Missouri University College of Liberal Arts, 1945-1946; attended Syracuse University Schools of Public and Business Administration, 1946-1948; graduated from Drake University Law School in 1950; United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945; admitted to the Iowa bar in 1950; lawyer, private practice; farmer; assistant county attorney for Polk County, Iowa, 1951-1952; national president, Young Democratic Clubs of America, 1953-1955; chairman, Polk County, Iowa, Welfare Board, 1953-1954; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the seventeen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1995); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress in 1994; chairman, Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Ninety-third Congress), Committee on Small Business (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses).

Drake University
Cowles Library, University Archives and Special Collections
Des Moines, IA
Papers: 1959-1994, 121 linear feet
The Neal Smith Congressional Papers include legislative files, speeches, press releases, photographs, and materials from the District office.


Iowa State University Library
Special Collections Department
Ames, IA
Papers: In the Earl O. (Earl Orel) Heady Papers, 1943-1987, 14.1 linear feet.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.

Papers: In the Keith A. McNurlen Papers, 1958-1971, 0.42 linear foot.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.


State Historical Society of Iowa
Special Collections
Des Moines, IA
Papers: In the Delva Dale Dever Papers, 1962, 1 folder.
Correspondents include Neal Smith.


University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1989, 1 item.
A letter from Neal Edward Smith to Sheila D. Creth written on June 8, 1989. In the letter, Neal Smith thanks Sheila Creth for her views on H.J. Res. 226, promoting the use of permanent paper by publishers.

Papers: In the Gerald Bogan Papers, 1947-1986, 7 linear feet.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.

Papers: In the James V. Gallagher Papers, 1964-1984, 13 linear feet.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.

Papers: In the Philip B. Hill Papers, 1967-1979, 9.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.

Papers: In the Donald J. Mitchell Papers, 1942-1968, 6 linear feet.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.

Papers: In the Arthur A. Neu Papers, 1965-1979, 33 linear feet.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.

Papers: In the Paul G. Norris Papers, 1948-1980, 3 linear feet.
Correspondents include Neal Edward Smith.

Papers: In the Fred Schwengel Papers, 1940-1972, 324 linear feet.
Persons represented include Neal Edward Smith.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Margaret Smith Warden Papers, ca. 1944-1987, 1.9 feet.
Persons represented include Neal Edward Smith.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Audio reels, Videocassettes: 1972-1994, 13 commercials on 4 videocassettes and 2 commercials on 1 sound tape reel.
The commercials were used during Neal Edward Smith's campaigns for the 1972, 1986, 1988, and 1994 U.S. congressional elections in District 4 of Iowa, Democratic Party.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1981, 1 item.
Correspondence between Neal Edward Smith and the American Musicological Society, 1981.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Neal Smith, Democratic Representative from Iowa. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.
  • Smith, Neal. Mr. Smith Went to Washington: From Eisenhower to Clinton. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1996.