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Marquis Childs Papers

Identifier: MsC0581

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Marquis Childs date from 1939-1978 and measure over five linear feet. They primarily document the writing of many of his books. There are early notes, correspondence, typescripts, proofs, layouts, and galleys for America's Economic Supremacy, I Write from Washington, and Walter Lippmann and His Times, among other titles. There are also general correspondence files spanning over thirty years, speeches, newspaper clippings, and an assortment of press cards and passes.


  • Creation: 1939-1978
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950-1969


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Marquis W. Childs (1903 -- 1990) was born in Clinton, Iowa. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1923. After graduation he briefly worked for United Press in New York, Chicago, and other cities. Returning to school, he attended the University of Iowa and completed his M.A. in 1925. Childs was with the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch after 1926. He started as a feature writer but also worked as a foreign correspondent, chief Washington correspondent, and a columnist. With the exception of a few leaves of absence, Childs spent his entire career with the Post-Dispatch. In 1970 he was awarded the Pulizer Prize for journalism. Childs also wrote many books on political and economic matters as well as novels. According to his obituary in the New York Times, July 2, 1990, his first name was pronounced MARK-us.


5.00 Linear Feet

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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Typescript drafts, galleys, proofs, and layouts for some of his books. Also general correspondence files, speeches, and newspaper clippings.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa over a period of forty years by Mr. Childs, and a final manuscript was donated by his son, Prentiss Childs in 1996.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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