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Warren B. Smith Papers

Identifier: MsC0747

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Scope and Contents

The Warren Smith Papers consist of (1) correspondence files documenting Smith's work as a writer (including correspondence with agents, publishers, and colleagues). Many of Smith's books appeared under his own name, some under pseudonyms, and he was contracted to write some by other authors (and in turn sub-contracted part or all of some of the work published under his name); (2) Smith's journals, from about 1984 until near his death in 2003, which contain biographical information, lists of projects and ideas, and document his life; (3) holograph, typescript, and computer printout notes on ideas, possible projects, drafts of stories and novels, etc.; (4) four boxes of 3.5" computer disks containing drafts of Smith's writing; (5) copies of about 35 of Smith's books; and (6) a mimeograph copy of an early draft of James Jones' Some Came Running (1957).


  • Creation: 1960-1999
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-1995


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This collection is open for research.

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Smith, a professional writer based in Clinton, Iowa, began writing in the 1960s and published a number of works of non-fiction as well as western historical novels. He also reviewed automobiles for Clinton and other newspapers. His papers include correspondence, drafts, journals, clippings, etc. Also present is a pre-publication mimeograph copy of James Jones' Some Came Running (1957).

Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Warren Smith's eldest daughter, Sue Coon, in 2003.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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