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Curtis Harnack Papers

 Collection — Box: 19
Identifier: MsC0621

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection is made up of Harnack's literary manuscripts, with holograph and typescript drafts of his books, poetry, plays, and short stories. There are drafts, galley proofs, and printers' typescripts of We Have All Gone Away; The Work of an Ancient Hand, Love and Be Silent; Limits of the Land; Under My Wings Everything Prospers; Persian Lions, Persian Lambs; Memoirs of a Farmboy Radical; and The Attic. Finally, the collection contains materials ranging from correspondence, reviews, and biographical materials to royalty statements. Included in the 1996 Addendum is "Teenagers Helping in Cornfields," the first piece for which Harnack received payment. He was paid five dollars for the essay. In the 2001 Addendum is a model newspaper created by Harnack as a child in the nineteen thirties.

Curtis Harnack began giving his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1962 and has continued to add to the collection over the years. Parts of this collection are under seal and currently unavailable for research.


  • Creation: 1927 -
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection are under seal during Harnack's lifetime. These include correspondence as well as items pertaining to Gentlemen on the Prairie. (Restricted materials are not listed in this register. All materials listed in the register are open for research.)

Conditions Governing Use

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


17.00 Linear Feet (Photographs in Boxes 3, 7, and 9; Audio material in Box 9.)

Language of Materials



Assistant Editor (with Paul Engle) Prize Stories 1958-1959. Author of a memoir, We Have All Gone Away (1973), and other books. President of Yaddo, 1981-1987; 1992-1997 President of the School of American Ballet.

Method of Acquisition

Donated by Curtis Harnack during the years 1962 through 2012.

Jacque Roethler
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)