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Donald C. Despain, Papers

Title: Donald C. Despain, Papers

Creator: Despain, Donald Cameron (1881-1971)

Dates: 1889-1971; bulk 1935-1965

Quantity: 24 boxes (23 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0320

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Donald C. Despain, Papers (MS 0320). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

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Donald Cameron Despain was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on August 19, 1881. He attended the University of Nebraska in the fall semester of 1902 where he studied law and political economy. After his time at the University he worked for the Nebraska Bureau of Statistics and advanced to the rank of commissioner. Leaving Nebraska, Despain moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked as an attorney specializing in management and labor relations. Despain believed in insuring bank deposits and worked towards making this a standard banking practice. According to Despain, his work resulted in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Despain also believed that the use of agricultural products for alcohol based fuel or fuel-additives could assist American farms. In 1961 his book, The One and Only Solution to the Farm Problem, was published. Despain passed away on April 8, 1971.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of research files, correspondence, and publications created or collected by Despain. His papers are arranged by topic and the original order of the files has been maintained whenever possible. Most of the files contain a combination of correspondence, reports, newspaper or magazine clippings, manuscripts, and other research materials.


Despain, Donald C.


University of Nebraska--Lincoln

Chicago (Ill.)

Deposit insurance

Industrial relations





Agricultural chemistry


Alcohol fuel industry



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Related Material and Resources: For additional alcohol fuel industry related materials see the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Records (Spec MS 63).

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