MsC 255


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates:1898 -- 1971

(Bulk Dates: 1965 to 1971)

.5 linear ft.


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: June 2002



Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Phil Jarnagin in 1971.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


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Biographical Note

William C. Jarnagin (1879 -- 1971) began his newspaper career as a proofreader on the old Des Moines Capital in 1901. He later worked as a reporter covering courts, police, and state government for the paper. He left the Capital and pursued jobs on various papers including the Des Moines News, the Sioux City Tribune, and the Cedar Falls Record. He returned to Des Moines and the Capital to become its city editor and then managing editor. In 1922, Jarnagin bought and became publisher of the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune. He later purchased the Storm Lake Register. He remained the owner/editor/co-publisher until their sale in 1970. William Jarnagin was active in both professional and civic organizations. He was a past president of the Iowa Press Association and was honored as a master editor-publisher by that group. He was also a past president of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Scope and Contents


The papers of William C. Jarnagin consist of one box of manuscripts dating from 1898 to 1971. Included are scrapbooks of theater reviews (1911 -- 1921) and clippings relating to the United Taxpayers of Buena Vista County (1932 -- 1935). Newspaper "extra" sheets from the Spanish-American War published by the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, along with other clippings from Jarnagin's newspapers make up the rest of this small set of papers.


Box List


Box 1

Scrapbook of theater reviews, 1911 -- 1921

Scrapbook of clippings relating to the United Taxpayers of Buena Vista county, 1932 -- 1935

"Extra" sheets from Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, May 2 -- June 28, 1898

Miscellaneous folder:

"Chamber of Commerce Activity Started Early in Storm Lake," taken from Buena Vista County History, compiled and written by the Iowa Writers Program of the Works Projects Administration, 1942. Mimeographed, 3p.

"Jarnagin of Storm Lake," by Herb Owens, Des Moines Tribune, March 4, 1965

"Bill Jarnagin Night." Program from a banquet sponsored by the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce, 1969

Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, June 18, 1970

Tribute by Wiley Mayne in the Congressional Record, House, July 26, 1971, H7125

Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, July 28, 1971

Obituary, Des Moines Register




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