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Charlton Laird Papers

Identifier: MsC0646

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Scope and Contents

Manuscripts and correspondence concerning Laird's book Thunder on the River make up this collection.


  • Creation: 1951


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

Charlton Laird was born in Nashua, Iowa, in 1901. He attended the universities of Iowa, Columbia, and Stanford. In 1943 he went to the University of Nevada as head of the Department of English. Aside from his work as a lecturer and author, Laird was a member of the Modern Language Association of America and of the National Council of Teachers of English. He wrote extensively on language acquisition, use, and teaching.

Laird wrote two novels, Thunder On The River and West of the River, which both appeared in the early 1950s, in addition to other books and textbooks. Charlton Laird died in 1984.


1.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Author who wrote extensively on language. This collection contains the manuscript and correspondence for one of his novels. Iowa Author collection.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Charlton Laird in 1951.

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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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