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Federal Writer's Project Papers

Identifier: MsC0295

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Scope and Contents

These files were prepared by the Federal Writers' Project predominantly for the Iowa guidebook, Iowa, A Guide to the Hawkeye State, in the American Guide Series. Their arrangement is roughly correspondent to their use in the book. The first series is arranged according to the subject numbers found on the original files. Some files had been given titles, others had not, and were assigned titles by the processor in the nineteen seventies. These new titles are in parentheses. This series seems to have been most important in the preparation of the first section of the Guidebook, "Iowa Past and Present." At the end of this series is a box of miscellaneous "Histories, Guides, and Articles," also prepared by the Project.


  • Creation: 1923-1939
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936-1937

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


21.50 Linear Feet

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Subject files on Iowa history, counties, towns, colleges, churches, and other matters, unpublished manuscripts, radio scripts, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings.

Method of Acquisition

The first part of this collection was donated to the University of Iowa by Mrs. Richard Fisher in 1973; the addendum was donated by Craig Schmidt in 1994.

Related Materials

Mangione, Jerre. The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writer's Project, 1935 -- 1943. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972

Iowa, A Guide to the Hawkeye State, UI Libraries call number SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Iowa Authors Collection No call number; MAIN Library F621 .F45

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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