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Katharine Eggleston Roberts Papers

Identifier: MsC0683

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscripts for And the Bravest of These, Center of the Web, and Private Report. It also contains the manuscript for an unpublished nover, Wind From the River.


  • Creation: 1940-1950


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Katharine Roberts was born in Fort Madison on July 22, 1895, the daughter of Dr. Francis and Ann Cowles Roberts. She grew up in Fort Madison. In World War I she was a foreign correspondent for the Western Newspaper Union. During World War II, she was a free lance writer overseas.

She drew upon her war experience to write two novels about the European underground, Center of the Web and Private Report. After the war, she wrote a non-fiction book about the struggles of the Belgian peoples to rebuild entitled And the Bravest of These. For these books, she was awarded the Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Crown by Prince Charles, Regent of Belgium. She was also given a button by commandants of the underground movement.

Prior to writing her books, Ms. Roberts wrote short stoires and articles for major American magazines. She also had a play produced on Broadway in 1932, called "Divorce Me, Dear." She also engaged in speaking, in person and in radio broadcasts.

She died in New York on March 4, 1968.


1.75 Linear Feet

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Printer's copies and related materials for four of Roberts' novels: And the Bravest of These, Center of the Web, Private Report, and Wind From The River.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1951 by Ms. Roberts; an addition was given to the libraries by Mrs. Frank McClurg in 1969.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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