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Hervey White Papers

Identifier: MsC0724

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Hervey White consist of five linear feet of literary manuscripts dating from 1913-1931. They contain both holograph and typescript draft of many of his works.


  • Creation: 1913-1931


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Hervey White was born in New London, Iowa, in 1866. The son of William Andrew and Martha Chandler White, Hervey attended the State University of Kansas and later transferred to Harvard. He received an A.B. degree in 1894. After graduation, Hervey became affiliated with Jane Addams in social service work at the Hull House in Chicago.

His first book, Difference, was printed in 1899. Perhaps his most famous work wasQuicksand. This book was called one of the six great American novels. In 1900, Bolton Brown, Ralph Whitehead, and White went to Woodstock, New York, and founded the Byrdcliffe Colony, where many noted artists and authors made their summer homes. Four years later, he established the Maverick Colony. This colony gave opportunities to both actors and musicians. The Maverick Press, founded by White, printed a number of his books and also works of other authors. He also served as editor for Wild Hawk and Plowshare, periodicals printed by his press.

Hervey White died in 1944, at the age of 78.


1.50 Linear Feet

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Novelist (Quicksand, 1900, and others), founder of the artist's colonies Byrdcliffe and Maverick, and editor of The Plowshare and The Wild Hawk. Drafts and typescripts of 24 stories and chapters from an unpublished autobiography.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries between 1969-70 by John J. Pasciutti.

Related Materials

At the time he donated the materials to the University of Iowa, John Pasciutti mentioned that there were letters of Hervey White in the Upton Sinclair collection at Indiana's Lilly Library. Researchers interested in following up on this may find refer to External Documents for further information on Upton Beall Sinclair's papers and letters of Hervey White.

Some of White's manuscripts are located at the Woodstock Library.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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