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Weare Holbrook Papers

Identifier: MsC0515

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Weare Holbrook document his career and his personal life. The collection spans more than one hundred years, from approximately 1863 to the 1980s. There are copies of his cartoon strip, "Clarence," as well as drafts and published copies of his many writings. Family letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and genealogies are also included in the papers.


  • Creation: 1863-1985


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

Weare Holbrook was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on April 15, 1896. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa and a veteran of World War I. Holbrook worked as a columnist, writer and cartoonist. He contributed articles and poetry to Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Better Homes and Gardens, Stag, Snappy, College Humor, and others. For twenty-four years he wrote the column "Soundings" for the New York Hearld Tribune. In the 1920s he created "Clarence," a Sunday cartoon strip with Frank Fogarty, which appeared for twenty-one years in the Herald Tribune Syndicate. Weare Holbrook died on July 2, 1985.


11.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Columnist, cartoonist, and writer. Correspondence, drafts of articles, cartoons, and genealogical materials.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries from 1981 - 1985 by Mr. and Mrs. Weare Holbrook.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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