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Irving Brant Papers

Identifier: MsC0569

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Irving Brant date from 1962 to 1972 and consist of the literary manuscripts for four of his books. Arranged alphabetically, the books include: The Bill of Rights, The Fourth President, Friendly Cove, and Impeachment. There are typescript drafts of each book, while some (such as The Bill of Rights) also include correspondence and galley proofs.

The bulk of Brant's papers are in the Library of Congress, and his manuscripts of the Madison biography are held by Princeton University.


  • Creation: 1962-1972


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

A native of Walker, Iowa, Irving Brant (1885 -- 1976) graduated from the University of Iowa in 1909. He became a reporter for the Iowa City Republican in 1909 and later served as a reporter and editor with the Clinton Herald and the Des Moines Register and Tribune. In 1918 he joined the St. Louis Star as an editorial writer. He left in 1923, to try playwriting. His works were performed in regional theaters but never made Broadway. During this time he also wrote poetry, short stories, children's novels, and magazine articles. Brant returned to newspaper work in 1930 as editorial page editor of the St. Louis Star-Times. After 1938 (except for a two year stint with the Chicago Sun), Brant pursued writing on a full-time basis. His monumental biography of James Madison is now the standard reference work and is generally considered to be one of the most important historical biographies of our time.


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Language of Materials



Writer and journalist. Manuscripts for four of his books, including The Bill of Rights.

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Method of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Irving Brant from 1962-1972.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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