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Arthur Carhart Papers

Identifier: MsC0576

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Arthur H. Carhart date from 1916 to 1965 and measure 4.5 linear feet. These literary manuscripts are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence. There are various typescript drafts, proofs, galleys, outlines, and correspondence for a number of books including The National Forests and Timber in Your Life. Newspaper clippings and various brochures and pamphlets are also included. A progress report concerning the Conservation Library Center in Denver, Colorado, for which Carhart was a consultant, can also be found.


  • Creation: 1916-1965


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

orn and raised in Mapleton, Iowa, Arthur Hawthorne Carhart (1892 -- 1978), was first published at age eleven. His essay on "The Downey Woodpecker" appeared in the children's corner of the Women's Home Companion. Carhart graduated from Iowa State University in 1916. He received the first degree in landscape architecture and city planning conferred by the university in Ames, Iowa.

He worked for a Chicago firm of landscape architects until enlisting in the Army in 1917. There he served as a bacteriologist and public health officer in the Sanitary Corps at Camp Mead, Maryland. After the war, Carhart moved to Colorado where he joined the U.S. Forest Service as a recreation engineer. In 1923, he became part of McCrary, Culley, and Carhart. It was a landscape architecture and city planning firm that worked out of Denver.

Arthur Carhart had his first book published in 1928. By 1931, he had sold out to his partners and had become a full time freelance writer. For the next eight years he wrote and sold novels, short stories, and articles of all description. He put his writings on hold to take a position as the Colorado coordinator of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program. He then became the Regional Information Executive of the Rocky Mountain Region for the U.S. Office of Price Administration. Returning to his writing in 1946, he published The Outdoorsman's Cookbook. Carhart published some twenty-four books and over 4,000 articles during his career. They ranged from Western novels to books on sport and conservation.


4.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Author, conservationist, and landscape architect. Manuscripts of some of his books including The National Forests and Timber in Your Life. Typescript drafts, proofs, galleys, outlines, and correspondence are included.

Method of Acquisition

Mr. Carhart gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries from 1954 to 1964.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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