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Eliza Hickok Kesler papers

Identifier: IWA0040

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Scope and Contents

The Eliza Kesler papers measure 3 linear inches and date from 1946 to 1947. They are arranged in six folders. The Biographical folder (1947) includes one newspaper article regarding The Quiz Kids and Hickok's future books. The Correspondence folder (1946-1947) includes correspondence between Kesler and her publisher, Houghton Mifflin Company, and provides insight into the author-publisher relationship in the mid-twentieth century. The Manuscript folders (undated, probably late 1946) contain a printer's copy of The Quiz Kids, and includes penciled-in corrections.


  • Creation: 1946-1947


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Eliza (Roby) Merrill Hickok Kesler was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 29, 1909. She graduated from Washington High School in 1927, and proceeded to Coe College where she received a B.A. in 1931. She later attended Northwestern University to continue her studies in journalism and received an M.A. in 1940. Eiza Hickok began her writing career as a Coe campus correspondent for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. After graduation, she took on a position as a Gazette reporter. Hickok later worked for the radio show "The Quiz Kids," in which exceptionally bright young children were questioned regarding various subjects. "The Quiz Kids" aired during the 1940s on NBC in Chicago. By 1946 Hickok had risen to the position of Assistant Program Director at Louis G. Cowhan and Company. In 1947 she published a book, The Quiz Kids, and married Carl C. Kesler.


3.00 linear inches

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Cedar Rapids native who worked on the radio show 'The Quiz Kids.'

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 40) were transfered from the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department in October 1997.

Related Materials

A signed copy of The Quiz Kids, by Eliza Hickok (HoughtonMifflin, 1947) is in the Iowa Authors collection in the Special Collections Department, University of Iowa Libraries.

Lisa Peperkorn, 1997.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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