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John Towner Frederick Papers

Identifier: MsC0513

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Scope and Contents

The John T. Frederick papers consist of fifty-four boxes of documents dating from 1908 -- 1975. Arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence are subject files containing such material as diaries, research notes, lectures, speeches, articles, etc. There are numerous boxes of correspondence which include letters from: H.L. Mencken, Thomas Mann, Edward J. O'Brien, Ruth Suckow, Marquis W. Childs, James Hearst, Wallace Stegner, Robert Nathan, Arna Bontemps, Paul Corey, Leo R. Ward, Savoie Lottinville, William J. Petersen, John C. Gerber, Leedice Kissane, Mildred Wedel, Howard R. Bowen, Julie McDonald, Dow Mossman, Sargent Bush, O. M. Brack, Iduna Bertel Field, and others. Manuscript material, such as early drafts and galley proofs from many of his books, including Druida, Green Bush, and A Handbook for Short Story Writing, helps document his writing career. There is also a nearly complete run of The Midland. Series 25 and 26 are indicies to the collection. Series 26, specifically the index to the correspondence in the papers of John Towner Frederick, uses the following key: box numbers = 1, number of folder = (1).


  • Creation: 1908-1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. This collection is stored at an offsite location. When requesting materials, please allow two business days for items to arrive at the Special Collections reading room.

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27.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



English professor, Iowa author, and founder and editor of The Midland. Correspondence, subject files, business records for The Midland, lectures, and preliminary drafts of writings, etc.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by his son, James O. Frederick, in March 1988.

Related Materials

The Milton Monroe Reigelman papers on the Midland: MsC0329. See also the papers of William and Karlton Kelm for correspondence: MsC0637.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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