Clarence Joseph Enzler Papers

Clarence Joseph Enzler

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Introduction

The Clarence Joseph Enzler Papers (1936-1973) include speeches, statements, testimonies, reports, publications, articles, press releases, interviews, itineraries, and correspondence written on behalf of the following:

  • Secretaries of Agriculture

    • Henry A. Wallace

    • Claude R. Wickard

    • Clinton P. Anderson

    • Charles F. Brannan

    • Ezra Taft Benson

    • Orville L. Freeman

    • Clifford M. Hardin

    • Earl L. Butz

  • Under Secretaries of Agriculture

    • Norris E. Dodd

    • John A. Schnittker

    • J. Phil Campbell

  • Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture

    • Charles F. Brannan

    • J. Earl Coke

    • Earl L. Butz

    • Ervin L. Peterson

    • John P. Duncan, Jr.

    • George L. Mehren

    • Joseph M. Robertson

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture

    • Trienah Meyers

Also included are speeches, statements, reports, publications, and correspondence of U.S. Presidents, congressional figures, federal employees, and/or private citizens.

The papers were donated by his son Reverend Monsignor John Enzler and consist of 34 boxes occupying 16.5 linear feet of shelf space. Most of the collection is in fair condition with some materials disintegrating and wrinkled. About a fourth of the materials are discolored from water damage in places but useable. Twenty-eight speeches or statements were too water damaged and molded to keep. Ten speeches and statements were photocopied. Eighteen speeches and statements were stuck together and photocopies were impossible. There are no restrictions.

Rehousing, arrangement, and description were completed by Rita Todaro, Lynn Stanko and Amy Morgan in 2016.

Biographical Sketch

Clarence Joseph Enzler (1910-1976), an accomplished speech-writer and speaker, worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1937-1972, leaving the department briefly from 1943-1945 to serve as the feature editor with the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service. During his USDA career, he worked in the Resettlement Administration, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the Office of Information, and the Office of the Secretary. He assisted the Secretaries of Agriculture and other top USDA officials in the preparation of speeches, magazine articles, congressional statements and testimonies, annual reports, and other informational material. Enzler prepared speeches for eight Secretaries of Agriculture. A prolific author, he had articles published in many national magazines and wrote a spiritual and philosophical book titled: My Other Self which was published in 1957.

He was a native of Dubuque, Iowa and a graduate of Columbia College (now Loras College). Enzler received a Ph.D. in sociology from Catholic University. Over the first 8 years after college, he held 13 different jobs. Due to a severe stutter, he found speaking extremely difficult. While speaking publicly was a challenge, he recognized his gift for speech writing and went onto a successful 30 year plus career at USDA. Later in life, to overcome his stutter, he joined Toastmasters and went on to win second place in the Toastmasters Worldwide International.

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain speeches, statements, testimonies, reports, publications, articles, press releases, interviews, itineraries, and correspondence written on behalf of Secretaries of Agriculture, Under Secretaries of Agriculture, Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture, Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture, U.S. Presidents, Members of Congress, federal employees (mostly USDA), and private citizens organized into five series:

  • Series I: Secretaries of Agriculture
  • Series II: Under Secretaries of Agriculture
  • Series III: Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture
  • Series IV: Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture
  • Series V: Miscellaneous

While the bulk of the collection pertains to Secretaries of Agriculture, some well-known figures are represented:

  • President Harry Truman

  • President Dwight Eisenhower

  • President John Kennedy

  • President Lyndon Johnson

  • President Richard Nixon

  • Vice President Hubert Humphrey

  • Senator Robert Kennedy

  • Governor Adlai Stevenson

  • Special Assistant George McGovern

  • Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Mr. Billy Sol Estes

The arrangement is by hierarchy of position within the USDA and the name of the individual for whom Enzler wrote, then chronologically by year.

Notes:

  • The term “speeches” is used to describe remarks, addresses, talks, and transcripts. Statements and testimonies tend to be to the U.S. Congress but statements are to the press and non-governmental organizations as well.

  • While the majority of the material is directly related to the individual in the subseries, there may be some materials mixed in that pertain to Presidents, Congressional staff, USDA staff, and/or private citizens of the time period.

  • Cross fire notes refers to the notes compiled by Ezra Taft Benson for his book Cross Fire: The Eight Years with Eisenhower which was published in 1962.

Series Description

Series I: Secretaries of Agriculture, 1938-1972, 23 Boxes

The series includes speeches, statements, testimonies, reports, publications, articles, press releases, interviews, itineraries, and correspondence on behalf of the Secretaries of Agriculture and is further subdivided as follows:

  • Subseries 1.A.: Secretary Henry A. Wallace

  • Subseries 1.B.: Secretary Claude R. Wickard

  • Subseries 1.C.: Secretary Clinton P. Anderson

  • Subseries 1.D.: Secretary Charles F. Brannan

  • Subseries 1.E.: Secretary Ezra Taft Benson

  • Subseries 1.F.: Secretary Orville L. Freeman

  • Subseries 1.G.: Secretary Clifford M. Hardin

  • Subseries 1.H.: Secretary Earl L. Butz

Series II: Under Secretaries of Agriculture, 1946-1972, 1.5 Boxes

The series includes speeches and statements on behalf of the Under Secretaries of Agriculture and is further subdivided as follows:

  • Subseries II.A.: Under Secretary Norris E. Dodd

  • Subseries II.B: Under Secretary John A. Schnittker

  • Subseries II.C.: Under Secretary J. Phil Campbell

Series III: Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture, 1945-1968, 3.75 Boxes

The series includes speeches, statements, testimonies, articles, press releases, and correspondence on behalf of the Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture and is further subdivided as follows:

  • Subseries III.A.: Assistant Secretary Charles F. Brannan

  • Subseries III.B.: Assistant Secretary J. Earl Coke

  • Subseries III.C.: Assistant Secretary Earl L. Butz

  • Subseries III.D.: Assistant Secretary Ervin L. Peterson

  • Subseries III.E.: Assistant Secretary John P. Duncan, Jr.

  • Subseries III.F.: Assistant Secretary George L. Mehren

  • Subseries III.G.: Assistant Secretary Joseph M. Robertson

Series IV: Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture, 1964-1965, .25 Boxes

The series includes speeches and correspondence on behalf of the Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture and is further subdivided as follows:

  • Subseries IV.A.: Deputy Assistant Secretary Trienah Meyers

Series V: Miscellaneous, 1936-1973, 5.5 Boxes

The series includes speeches, statements, testimonies, reports, publications, articles, press releases, interviews, and correspondence of various offices and is further subdivided as follows:

  • Subseries V.A.: Paul V. McNutt

  • Subseries V.B.: Presidents and Congressional

  • Subseries V.C.: Offices and Personnel

  • Subseries V.D.: Miscellaneous Folders A-D and E-H

  • Subseries V.E.: Publication

  • Subseries V.F.: Binder

  • Subseries V.G.: Democratic National Committee

Container List

Series I: Secretaries of Agriculture. 23 boxes.

Subseries I.A. Secretary Henry A. Wallace
Box Folder Title
001 001 Speeches and Statements
Subseries I.B. Secretary Claude R. Wickard
Box Folder Title
001 002 Speeches
Subseries I.C. Secretary Clinton P. Anderson
Box Folder Title
001 003 Speeches and Statements
001 004 Speeches and Statements
001 005 Index and Speeches
001 006 Speeches and Statements
001 007 Speeches
001 008 Index and Speeches
001 009 Speeches and Statements
001 010 Speeches
001 011 Speeches, Statements, Articles, and Publications
001 012 Speeches, Reports, and Statements
002 013 Index, Speeches, and Statements
002 014 Speeches
002 015 Speeches, Testimonies, Articles, and Statements
002 016 Index, Speeches, and Statements
002 017 Speeches and Statements
Subseries I.D. Secretary Charles F. Brannan
Box Folder Title
002 018 Primary Interest in Farmers’ Welfare
002 019 Family Selection on a Federal Reclamation Project
002 020 Speeches and Articles
002 021 Farm Plan, Correspondence, and Publications
002 022 Speeches
002 023 Speeches
002 024 Speeches and Correspondence
002 025 Speeches and Statements
002 026 Speeches, Publications, and Statements
002 027 Publications and Reports
003 028 Statements, Reports, Publications, and Bills
003 029 Speeches and Testimonies
003 030 Speeches, Articles, and Statements
003 031 Speeches, Publications, and Statements
003 032 Speeches, Statements, and Articles
003 033 Speeches, Statements, and Publications
003 034 Speeches
003 035 Speech
003 036 Speeches, Statements, Reports, and Correspondence
003 037 Speeches, Statements and Reports
004 038 Statements, Speeches, and Correspondence
004 039 Speeches and Articles
004 040 Reports, Speeches, and Statements
004 041 Speeches
004 042 Correspondence and Speeches
004 043 Speeches, Articles, and Statements
Subseries I.E. Secretary Ezra Taft Benson
Box Folder Title
004 044 Index and Speeches
004 045 Speeches
004 046 Speeches
004 047 Statements
005 048 Index, Speeches, and Publications
005 049 Speeches
005 050 Speeches
005 051 Speeches
005 052 Index and Statements
005 053 Index and Speeches
005 054 Speeches
005 055 Speeches
006 056 Index and Statements
006 057 Speeches and Statements (Separation Sheet)
006 058 Statement (Photocopy)
006 059 Statement (Photocopy)
006 060 Speech (Photocopy)
006 061 Speech (Photocopy)
006 062 Speech (Photocopy)
006 063 Statement (Photocopy)
006 064 Statement (Photocopy)
006 065 Statement (Photocopy)
006 066 Speech (Photocopy)
006 067 Speech (Photocopy)
006 068 Speeches
006 069 Speeches
006 070 Speeches
006 071 Speeches
006 072 Statements
006 073 Index, Speeches, and Statements
007 074 Speeches
007 075 Speeches, Statements, and Itinerary
007 076 Statements and Correspondence
007 077 Index, Speeches, and Statements
007 078 Speeches and Statements
007 079 Speeches
007 080 Speeches
008 081 Speeches and Statements
008 082 Index and Statements
008 083 Statements and President Dwight Eisenhower Speech
008 084 Indices, Speeches, and Statements
008 085 Speeches and Statements
008 086 Speeches, Statements, and Itinerary
008 087 Statements
008 088 Indices, Speeches, and Statements
009 089 Speeches, Reports, Statements, and Itinerary
009 090 Speeches, Statements, Reports, and Itineraries
009 091 Statements
009 092 Speeches
009 093 Speeches (including Governor Adlai Stevenson) and Publications
009 094 Speeches, Statements, and Publications
010 095 Speeches, Itineraries, Reports and Publications
010 096 Speeches and Statements
010 097 Speeches and Statements
010 098 Newspaper Clippings
010 099 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
010 100 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
010 101 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 102 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 103 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 104 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 105 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 106 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 107 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 108 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 109 Cross Fire Notes and Correspondence
011 110 Washington Farm Letter
Subseries I.F. Secretary Orville L. Freeman
Box Folder Title
012 111 Index, Speeches, and Statements
012 112 Speeches and Statements
012 113 Speeches and Statements
012 114 Speeches and Statements
012 115 Statements and Testimonies
012 116 Statements and Testimonies
012 117 Speeches and Publications
012 118 Index and Speeches (including President John Kennedy and Special Assistant George McGovern)
013 119 Speeches and Statements
013 120 Speeches and Statements
013 121 Speeches and Statements
013 122 Speeches
013 123 Speeches and Statements
013 124 Testimonies and Statements
013 125 Index and Speeches
014 126 Speeches
014 127 Speeches
014 128 Speeches, Statements, and Testimonies
014 129 Index and Speeches
014 130 Speeches and Statements
014 131 Speeches and Statements
014 132 Statements
015 133 Indices and Speeches
015 134 Speeches and Statements
015 135 Speeches and Statements
015 136 Speeches and Statements
015 137 Speeches and Statements
015 138 Statements and Testimonies
015 139 Index, Speeches, and Statements
015 140 Speeches and Statements
016 141 Speeches and Correspondence
016 142 Speeches, Statements, and Correspondence
016 143 Speeches
016 144 Speeches and Statements
016 145 Index and Statements
016 146 Index and Speeches (including President Lyndon Johnson)
016 147 Speeches and Statements
016 148 Speeches
017 149 Speeches, Statements, and Reports
017 150 Speeches
017 151 Speeches
017 152 Index, Statements, and Testimonies
017 153 Testimonies and Statements
017 154 Index and Speeches
017 155 Speeches and Statements
017 156 Speeches and Statements
017 157 Speeches, Statements, and Correspondence
018 158 Speeches and Statements
018 159 Statements and Testimonies
018 160 Testimonies and Statements
018 161 Articles and Statements
018 162 Articles and Speeches
018 163 Articles and Speeches
018 164 Articles, Correspondence, Statements, and Testimonies regarding Billy Sol Estes
018 165 Articles, Speeches, Statements, and Correspondence
018 166 Articles, Speeches, and Correspondence
019 167 Articles, Correspondence, and Statements
019 168 Articles, Speeches, and Correspondence
019 169 Articles, Correspondence, and Speeches
019 170 Articles and Correspondence
019 171 Articles, Speeches, Correspondence, and Statements (including Vice President Hubert Humphrey)
019 172 Articles, Statements, Speeches, and Correspondence
019 173 Articles, Correspondence, Speeches, and Statements
019 174 Articles, Statements, Speeches, and Correspondence
019 175 Articles, Speeches, Correspondence, and Statements
019 176 Articles, Statements, Speeches, and Correspondence
020 177 Articles, Statements, Testimonies, and Speeches
020 178 Articles, Speeches, Correspondence, Statements, and Publications
020 179 Articles, Testimonies, Speeches, Correspondence, and Publications
020 180 Articles, Speeches, and Statements
020 181 Articles, Correspondence, and Speeches
020 182 Articles, Statements, Correspondence, and Speeches
020 183 Correspondence
020 184 Correspondence
021 185 Correspondence
021 186 Correspondence
021 187 Correspondence
021 188 Correspondence
021 189 Correspondence
021 190 Correspondence
021 191 Correspondence
021 192 Correspondence
021 193 Correspondence
021 194 Correspondence
021 195 Correspondence
021 196 Correspondence
022 197 Correspondence
022 198 Correspondence
Subseries I.G. Secretary Clifford M. Hardin
Box Folder Title
022 199 Index and Speeches (including President Richard Nixon)
022 200 Speeches and Statements
022 201 Speeches and Statements (including President Richard Nixon) (1 of 2)
022 202 Speeches and Statements (2 of 2)
022 203 Index, Statements, and Testimonies
022 204 Statements, Speeches, Articles, and Correspondence
022 205 Articles, Correspondence, and Speeches
022 206 Index, Speeches, and Statements (1 of 2)
022 207 Speeches and Statements (2 of 2)
023 208 Index and Statements
023 209 Articles, Statements, and Correspondence
023 210 Index, Speeches, Statements, and Reports
023 211 Speeches (including President Richard Nixon), Statements, and Reports
023 212 Statements
023 213 Correspondence (1 of 2)
023 214 Correspondence (2 of 2)
023 215 Correspondence
023 216 Correspondence
Subseries I.H. Secretary Earl L. Butz
Box Folder Title
023 217 Speeches and Statements
023 218 Speeches and Reports
023 219 Speeches and Statements
023 220 Speeches, Statements, and Reports
023 221 Articles

Series II: Under Secretaries of Agriculture. 1.5 boxes.

Subseries II.A. Under Secretary Norris E. Dodd
Box Folder Title
024 222 Speeches and Statements
Subseries II.B. Under Secretary John A. Schnittker
Box Folder Title
024 223 Speeches and Statements
024 224 Speeches
Subseries II.C. Under Secretary J. Phil Campbell
Box Folder Title
024 225 Index and Speeches
024 226 Speeches
024 227 Speeches
024 228 Index and Speeches
024 229 Speeches
024 230 Speeches
024 231 Statements
025 232 Indices and Speeches
025 233 Speeches
025 234 Speeches
025 235 Speeches

Series III: Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture. 3.75 boxes.

Subseries III.A. Assistant Secretary Charles F. Brannan
Box Folder Title
025 236 Speeches
025 237 Speeches, Articles, Statements, and Correspondence
025 238 Speeches and Statements
025 239 Speeches
025 240 Speeches and Statements
Subseries III.B. Assistant Secretary J. Earl Coke
Box Folder Title
026 241 Speeches and Correspondence
026 242 Speeches and Articles
026 243 Speeches and Correspondence
Subseries III.C. Assistant Secretary Earl L. Butz
Box Folder Title
026 244 Speeches and Articles
026 245 Speeches and Statements
026 246 Speeches, Statements, and Testimonies
026 247 Speeches and Statements
Subseries III.D. Assistant Secretary Ervin L. Peterson
Box Folder Title
026 248 Speeches
026 249 Speeches
026 250 Speeches
026 251 Speeches and Statements
Subseries III.E. Assistant Secretary John P. Duncan, Jr.
Box Folder Title
027 252 Speeches and Correspondence
027 253 Speeches, Statements, and Correspondence
027 254 Speeches and Correspondence
Subseries III.F. Assistant Secretary George L. Mehren
Box Folder Title
027 255 Speeches and Correspondence
027 256 Speeches and Correspondence
027 257 Speeches
027 258 Speeches and Correspondence
027 259 Speeches and Statements
027 260 Speeches
028 261 Speeches and Statements
028 262 Speeches
028 263 Speeches
Subseries III.G. Assistant Secretary Joseph M. Robertson
Box Folder Title
028 264 Speeches

Series IV: Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Agriculture. .25 boxes.

Subseries IV.A. Deputy Assistant Secretary Trienah Meyers
Box Folder Title
028 265 Speeches and Correspondence
028 266 Speeches

Series V: Miscellaneous. 5.5 boxes.

Subseries V.A. Paul V. McNutt
Box Folder Title
028 267 Speech
Subseries V.B. Presidents and Congress
Box Folder Title
028 268 Speeches, Statements, Reports, and Correspondence
028 269 Speeches, Statements, Publications, and Correspondence
Subseries V.C. Offices and Personnel
Box Folder Title
029 270 Speeches (including Secretary Charles Wickard)
029 271 M. Clifford Townsend Speech
029 272 Speeches and Statements (including President Harry Truman and Secretary Charles Brannan)
029 273 Speeches (including Secretary Henry Wallace)
029 274 Speeches and Statements
029 275 Speeches
029 276 Statements and Speeches (including Senator Robert Kennedy)
029 277 Speeches and Statements
030 278 Congressional Speeches
030 279 Reports, Speeches, and Statements
030 280 Vice President Hubert Humphrey Speech
030 281 Speeches, Statements, and Publications
030 282 Speeches
030 283 Speeches and Correspondence
030 284 Articles
030 285 Speeches and Testimonies
Subseries V.D. Miscellaneous Folders A-H
Box Folder Title
031 286 A: Publications and Speeches (including Secretary Ezra Benson)
031 287 A: Speeches (including Congressional, Secretary Orville Freeman, and Commerce Secretary Luther Hodges)
031 288 A: Correspondence and Speeches (including Congressional)
031 289 B: Speeches (including Secretary Orville Freeman)
031 290 C: Publications
031 291 D: Publications
032 292 E: Speeches (including Secretary Henry Wallace, Secretary Claude Wickard, Secretary Clinton Anderson, and Secretary Ezra Benson) and Articles
032 293 F: Speeches (including Secretary Orville Freeman, Assistant Secretary Joseph Robertson, Staff Assistant Trienah Meyers), Articles, and Correspondence (including Under Secretary J. Phil Campbell)
032 294 G: Speeches, Statements (including President Richard Nixon), Articles, Publications, and Correspondence
032 295 H: Articles, Speeches (including Secretary Charles Brannan, Secretary Orville Freeman, Secretary Clinton Anderson, Secretary Clifford Hardin, Secretary Earl Butz, Under Secretary Norris Dodd, Assistant Secretary Joseph Robertson), Correspondence, and Testimonies
Subseries V.E. Publication
Box Folder Title
033 296 Water for Peace: A Report of Background Considerations and Recommendations on the Water for Peace Program
Subseries V.F. Binder
Box Folder Title
033 297 Production
033 298 Farm Prices
033 299 Income
033 300 Business
033 301 Food
033 302 Feed
033 303 Labor
033 304 Credit
033 305 Retail Prices
033 306 Margins
033 307 Support Prices
033 308 Parity Prices
033 309 Land Values
033 310 Crops
033 311 Livestock
033 312 Outlook Digest
033 313 Statistical Summary
033 314 Foreign Trade
033 315 Miscellaneous
033 316 Notes
Subseries V.G. Democratic National Committee
Box Folder Title
034 317 Speeches (including Congressional, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Governor Adlai Stevenson, and Secretary Charles Brannan), Statements, and Reports
034 318 Speeches (including President Harry Truman and Congressional), Statements, and Reports

Selected Bibliography

“‘Doc’ Enzler’s Book Seen as New Classic.” Ag Reporter 11, no. 7 (April 1959): 1 and 8.

“Dr. Clarence J. Enzler, 66, Catholic Deacon, USDA Aide.” Washington Post, November 4, 1976.

“Enzler Retires.” Ag Reporter 24, no. 7 (July 1972).

“Enzler Runner-Up.” Ag Reporter 19, no. 9 (September 1967): 5.

Flory, Robert M. “Enzler Enters Speech Finals.” Ag Reporter 17, no. 11 (November 1965): 1 and 7.