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B.H. Shearer Papers

Identifier: MsC0242

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Scope and Contents

The papers of B.H. Shearer include correspondence, journals, subject files, and photographs documenting his life and career. There are nearly four boxes of correspondence spanning some fifty years with letters from such notables as Guy M. Gillette, James A. Farley, Harold Royce Gross, Clyde La Verne Herring, Nelson George Kraschel, William Frederick Kopp, Edward Clayton Eicher, Arthur Capper, Louis Murphy, Lester Jesse Dickinson, Smith W. Brookhart, Alfred E. Smith, Woodrow Wilson, John Hammill, Ray Murphy, Edwin R. Hicklin, Henry Field, Gardner Cowles, and Milo Reno. Shearer's journals for the years 1901 through 1969 are present, as are the journals of his wife from 1952-1954. The collection also contains Shearer family genealogical records. Business records for his newspapers and other ventures include tax receipts, vouchers, bank statements, and insurance premiums. Financial reports relate not only to his businesses but also to Ida and Louisa counties. Subject files include topics ranging from the Iowa Farmers Union to the Louisa County Fair.


  • Creation: 1901-1969


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This collection is open for research.

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Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


4.25 Linear Feet (Photographs: Box 9)

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Newspaperman in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Journals, correspondence, business records, and subject files relating to his life and career as the editor and publisher of the Columbus Gazette and as the publisher of the Iowa Union Farmer. Subject files include topics ranging from the Iowa Union Farmer to the Louisa County Fair.

Method of Acquisition

The B.H. Shearer Papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1971 by Shearer's sons, Paul, William, and Woodrow.

Related Materials

Paul Shearer Papers (MsC0489) Robert A. McCown, "B. H. Shearer, Country Editor." Books at Iowa 22 (April 1975)


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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