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(Katherine) Eleanor Saltzman Papers

Identifier: MsC0689

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes drafts and correspondence concerning Saltzman's novels Ever Tomorrow and Stuart's Hill and a manuscript of her unpublished novel, Carpthorne. Also included are manuscripts of poetry, short stories, and essays. One critic has said that the chapters of her novels could stand alone as short stories, and indeed some of the manuscripts, which appear in journals as short stories as well as chapters in her books, are treated as short stories here, separate from the manuscripts for the novels. There are some tear sheets for published materials for which we have no manuscript. Each folder contains a manuscript unless otherwise noted. Where we have the manuscript and the published version, the name of the piece is followed by the citation. In those cases in which we have the published version only, this is noted by a short statement following the citation. Where there is correspondence relating to a piece of writing, it is included in the folder with the manuscript or tear sheet.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1933-1945
  • Creation: 1848 - 1945


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Katherine Eleanor Saltzman was born October 19, 1904, at Mount Ayr, Iowa. She attended high school there, then Drake University where she received her B.A. degree in 1928. She received a Master of Arts degree in 1929 from the University of Iowa. She stayed on at the University of Iowa, first as editorial assistant of the Classical Journal, then as assistant in public relations for the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station.

Disabled at the age of nine by infantile paralysis, she spent much time in the Saltzman Hotel in Benton Harbor, Michigan, which was operated by her cousin Dr. William Saltzman. She died there in 1946 at the age of 41.

Saltzman was a compulsive writer, as she discusses in one of the essays in this collection, "I'm an Incurable." She wrote advice on parenting, beginning with her days with the Child Welfare Program. She wrote novels, two of which were published --Ever Tomorrow in 1936 andStuart's Hill 1946. These were well-received and won modest praise as regional novels, written in a form called "softened realism." "Grave" and "honest" are words used by several critics to describe Saltzman's work. A third novel, Carpthorne, was in production, but because of the war and Saltzman's early death, it was never published. She wrote many short stories and poems, and a good many of them were published in such journals as The Saturday Review,The Household Magazine,and Wallac'e Farmer.


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Language of Materials



Iowa regional writer. This collection consists of manuscripts for Ever Tomorrow and Stuart's Hill, and her unpublished novel, Carpthorne; manuscripts and tear sheets of her short stories and poems; as well as correspondence, notes, and clippings. Iowa Author Mss.

Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mrs. Noah Saltzman, Eleanor Saltzman's mother, in 1947.

Accruals and Additions

Additional materials were donated by Katie W. Green in 2004.

Related Materials

There is a single letter of Saltzman's in the Kelm papers: Karlton and William Kelm Papers (msc0689)

Edits by Carmela Furio, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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