Curated by Diane Lenertz, '15
After leaving Grinnell College in 1912 with a double degree in History and Political Science, Harry Hopkins' dedication to public service was manifested in a wide variety of ways. The most famous stage of Hopkins' career was his work as Federal Relief Administrator under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he later became both the Secretary of Commerce and Special Assistant and Ambassador for the President of the United States. After Hopkins' passing in 1946, John Steinbeck wrote a memorial for the man. In it, he praised Hopkins for his dedication to the idea that "Human welfare is the first and final task of government. It has no other." This year marks the 100th anniversary of Hopkins' graduation from Grinnell College, and the Grinnell College Libraries Department of Special Collections invites you to come explore pieces of Hopkins' past that detail his extraordinary career.