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Marcus Bach Papers

Identifier: MsC0560

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Marcus Bach date from approximately 1948 to 1995 and consist of 1.5 linear feet of literary manuscripts for six of his books. There are early typescripts and printer's typescripts representing such works as The Dream Gate, Report to Protestants, and The Unity Way of Life. There is also a file of clippings about Bach.


  • Creation: 1948-1995


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Marcus Bach (1906 -- 1995) was born in Sauk City, Wisconsin. He trained for the ordained ministry at Mission House College and seminary in Plymouth, Wisconsin. After a pastorate in Kansas City, Missouri, Marcus Bach returned to school to pursue play writing . He received his M.A. (1937) and Ph.D. (1942) from the University of Iowa's School of Religion. There he taught about little known religious sects and also presented the course in radio. Although he always continued to write and publish, in 1961, he resigned from the School of Religion to pursue lecturing and writing full time. He authored twenty-seven books, as well as numerous plays and articles.


1.50 Linear Feet

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Religion professor and writer. Early typescript drafts of six of his books, including The Dream Gate and Report to Protestants.

Method of Acquisition

Marcus Bach gave these papers to the University of Iowa Libraries over a period of years.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242