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J. Clyde Ryan Papers

Identifier: MsC0687

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Scope and Contents

J. Clyde Ryan's original manuscript of A Skeptic Dude in Arizona.


  • Creation: Undated


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

J. Clyde Ryan was born in 1899 in Muscatine, Iowa. He attended city schools in Muscatine and worked before and after school to augment his family's income. He entered Muscatine High Shcool which he attended for three years. He then attended Oberlin Academy and Oberlin College. Thereafter he attended Cornell College, from which he graduated in 1915. He married in 1916 and he and Mrs. Ryan spent the following year in Turkey doing war relief work. After the war he worked at Ball Brothers Company in Muncie, Indiana, and later was vice-president of Ray-O-Vac Company in Madison, Wisconsin. He retired to Tucson, Arizona, in 1958. In 1952 he published A Skeptic Dude in Arizona and in 1968 he published I'm Glad I Lived Then.


2.00 folders

0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Papers of J. Clyde Ryan. Manuscript for A Skeptic Dude in Arizona. 2 folders. Iowa Author Mss.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mr. Ryan in 1953.

Related Materials

Copies of Ryan's books can be found at the following locations:

I'm Glad I Lived Then: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Iowa Authors Collection

Custer Fell First: The Adventures of John C. Lockwood (Edited and compiled by J. C. Ryan.): MAIN Library, call number F595 .L56 1966

A Skeptic Dude in Arizona: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Iowa Authors Collection

C. Pummer and J. Roethler, August 2004
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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