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Denton Chester Crowl Papers

Identifier: MsC0150.01

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes many documents relating to Crowl's work on the lecture circuit. Correspondence and schedules from chautauquas, correspondence about chautauquas, appointment diaries recording his schedule, and chautauqua programs make up a part of this collection. Photographs document moments on the road and other events and performers, most notably a large format photograph of the conference of the International Lyceum and Chautauqua Association of December 1922. Clippings by and about Crowl record performances as well as reveal his political leanings. A Republican, he was active in the 1930 presidential election, and there are several files relating to that campaign as well as his work on a drive for a national sales tax. Promotional materials he developed are included. His writings make up the largest section of this collection and include the texts of at least two of his platform impersonations as well as speeches and newspaper editorials.

Lacks only a catalog record to be fully processed.


  • Creation: 1909-1938


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This collection is open for research.

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1.00 Linear Feet (Photographs Box 1)

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Lecturer-portrayalist, salesman and editorial writer for the Toledo Blade, Denton Crowl performed on the Chautauqua circuits and in other venues. This collection includes correspondence, appointment diaries, photographs, and manuscripts, mostly relating to his lecture and political activities.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Jane Reid in 2005.

Related Materials

Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, MsC 150 Please note the list of additional mini-collections of Chautauqua material at the end of the Redpath finding aid.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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