James Ford Bell and family papers, 1861-1961.


James Ford Bell and family papers, 1861-1961.

Business and personal correspondence (1861-1961), newspaper clippings (1920-1961), print materials, scrapbooks, and miscellany of Bell, a Minneapolis flour-milling executive who was an active participant in public affairs, and other Bell family members. The business papers document his career as salesman, vice president, and president of the Washburn Crosby Company (1901-1928) and as president and board chairman of General Mills (1928-1947); transportation (particularly rail) and food-processing industries; agriculture and the grain trade in Canada, England, and France; economic conditions in various parts of the world; the Depression and Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1930s New Deal legislation and relief programs, especially in agriculture, transportation, and economic and monetary policy; relief activities and reconstruction in Europe during and after World War I; military operations, diplomacy, and the wartime economy during World War II, and postwar reconstruction in Europe and Japan; the Korean War; other aspects of U.S. foreign policy; state and national politics and presidential campaigns; Sister Elizabeth Kenny's treatment of polio (1940s); the Minnesota Resources Commission (1940s-1950s); and conservation of wildlife and natural resources. The personal papers (correspondence, scrapbooks, and biographical material) principally cover Bell; his wife, Ann "Louise" (Heffelfinger); and their friends and family. The letters mostly discuss day-to-day activities and trips taken by James Ford Bell (to Egypt) and Louise Heffelfinger Bell (to New York, Georgia, Montana, and Chicago).

7.33 cu. ft. (8 boxes, 1 oversize folder, and 1 oversize folder in Reserve).


SNAC Resource ID: 7314127

Minnesota Historical Society Library

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