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Nile C. Kinnick Papers

Identifier: MsC0112

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Nile C. Kinnick consist of four linear feet of manuscripts arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence dating from 1926 to 1991. The subject files include clippings about Kinnick's career, death, scholarship funds, etc.; essays and speeches he wrote or delivered; correspondence; scrapbooks; photographs; and tape recordings. The correspondence includes letters written by Kinnick from 1935 to 1943. These letters from college and from the war, were written primarily to his parents, although some correspondence with friends is included. The diaries were kept by Kinnick during the war. Together, these letters and diaries were used for the book, A Hero Perished: the Diary and Selected Letters of Nile Kinnick, which was edited by Paul Baender and published by the University of Iowa Press in 1991. The manuscript of this book is now part of the Kinnick papers. The three scrapbooks in the collection were compiled by Nile Kinnick, Sr., they date from September 1936 to April 1975, and include clippings relating to Nile, Jr. from football games, award speeches, etc. Photographs include pictures of Kinnick (from childhood, through college, and in the Navy), the "Ironmen" team and coaches, football games, award ceremonies, and friends. Where there is a negative for the photo included in the collection, this is noted by the word "negative" in brackets following the entry. Finally, there are tape recordings of interviews with Kinnick.

Scope and Contents

Photocopying from this collection is limited to staff members only. 8/2006

Oversized scrapbooks1-2 located at 5:20:3 Oversized scrapbook 3 located at 5:20:4

The Kinnick family has granted copyright of Nile's materials to the University of Iowa. (As per Sid 12/2008)

The Merle Miller interview is at v7:07:5


  • Creation: 1935-1991


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. However, any photocopying from this collection must be done by staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

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


6.00 Linear Feet (Photographs in Boxes 2, 3, and 3a; Film/Video in Box 4; Audio Material in Boxes 4 and 4a; Ephemera in Box 6.)

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Student leader, scholar, and athlete from Iowa. Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, speeches, photographs, articles, etc.

Method of Acquisition

The bulk of the papers of Nile C. Kinnick was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by his parents, Mrs. Frances Clarke Kinnick in 1959, and Nile C. Kinnick, Sr. from 1972 to 1977. Professor Baender donated some of his materials from writing his book about Kinnick, A Hero Perished.

Related Materials

Leaving the Home Front by Jay Karr, neighbor who grew up with Nile Kinnick in Adel, Iowa.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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