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This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: November 1998

Acquisition Note: Mrs. Margaret L. Zimansky donated this collection to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1998.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Biographical Note

Curt A. Zimansky was born on August 13, 1913, in San Francisco, California, the son of Curt F. and Olga Glauch Zimansky. He earned a B.A. (1933) and M.A. (1934) from Stanford University. In 1936, Princeton University conferred another master's degree on him, and a Ph.D. the following year.

Zimansky came to teach at the University of Iowa in 1937, specializing in the study of restoration drama. He was the past president of the Iowa Archeological Society and was chairman of the editorial board of the University of Iowa Press. He belonged to both the Modern Language Association and the Johnson Society of America; he was also a member of the University Faculty Senate as well as many other committees. Zimansky began as the associate editor of the Philological Quarterly in 1953, and in 1964 became its editor, devoting vast amounts of time on its publication. As an editor of a rival journal put it, "Editors of scholarly journals can be divided into two groups: Curt Zimansky and all the others."

Zimansky served in the army intelligence in World War II and the Korean War. During World War II he was a member of the top secret "Ultra" staff at Bletchley, England, that intercepted and deciphered the highest-level German command communications, analyzed and annotated them, and forwarded them for planning and action to senior English and American officers. He retired from the military in 1957 with the rank of major.

Curt A. Zimansky died of cancer on August 10, 1973, at age 59. He was survived by his wife Margaret Lacy Zimansky and their four sons.

Scope and Contents

The Curt A. Zimansky collection of prints consists of thirty-two prints and drawings collected by Professor Zimansky in and before 1951. He bought them in New York and San Francisco, where many of the pictures had doubtless been removed from old books. Most of the subjects are portraits of British celebrities of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There are also colored prints showing occupations of common people, including bat-fowling, otter hunting, and pike fishing.


 Box 1

Water color prints showing occupations of common people. (3 items)

Black and white portraits, primarily of 18th - 19th century British celebrities. (29 items)



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