R.F. Matejcek Papers, 1938-1940, 1965
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Brief Description:

The R.F. Matejcek Papers consist of materials related to Matejcek's actions as secretary of the Lankin Farmers Union. In 1940, one of his tasks was to write North Dakota politicians and other influential persons regarding the placement and fuel source for a Rural Electrification Association (REA) plant. The Farmers Union felt a plant needed to be built closer to the counties in northeastern North Dakota than the plant being planned for Grand Forks. The group also felt that lignite coal would be an ideal source of cheap energy, as opposed to the diesel plant in Grand Forks. As part of this campaign, Matejcek sent letters to North Dakota senators Gerald P. Nye and Lynn Frazier, as well as to William Lemke and Usher Burdick, North Dakotans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Matejcek also corresponded with Governor John Moses, Henry Slattery of the REA, Charles Vogel, the Democratic National Committeeman for North Dakota, and Glenn Talbott, President of the North Dakota Farmer's Union.

Also included is a 1938 report of the Chippewa Power Cooperative regarding the cooperative's operating costs. The report was created as a result of a meeting of Minnesota cooperatives in November 1938, in Mankato, Minnesota. Finally, there is a newspaper clipping from the Minneapolis Tribune (March 7, 1965). The clipping reports on the possibility of using lignite coal as a means of producing cheap power.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at] library.und.edu
Record Series Number: OGLMC/1261
Created by: Matejcek, R.F. (Rudolph) (1909-2006)
Volume: 0.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/02/1991.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Energy - Coal
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: R.F. Matejcek, Lankin, North Dakota  Donation; 92-1845
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). R.F. Matejcek Papers. OGLMC 1261, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in January 2014.