MsC 275


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1935 -- 1971

(Bulk Dates: 1950 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

Acquisitions Note: These papers were given to the University by Mrs. J. E. Evans in 1973.

Access and Restrictions: The collection is open for research.


Photographs:Box 1


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Biographical Note

Joseph Early Evans (1919 -- 1971) was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He was an alumnus of Loras College, the University of Southern California, and the University of Iowa. He earned both a B.A. and M.A. at Iowa.

After serving in the Army during W.W.II, Evans began writing for The Wall Street Journal in 1946. One of his first assignments was as a foreign correspondent covering Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. In 1950 he was appointed foreign editor and two years later he took over as chief of the Journal 's Washington bureau. By 1953 he was an associate editor, and in 1965 he was named the Journal's Senior Associate Editor. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he made extensive reporting tours of places such as the Soviet Union, India, Africa, and South America. Evans became the editor of the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal in 1970.

Joseph E. Evans was honored with many awards during his career. While still in college, he was awarded the Irving Babbitt Memorial Prize for literary criticism. He later received the Silurian Society Award for editorial writing five times, the Freedom Foundations Award three times, and the Distinguished Service Award of the American Artists Professional League.

Scope and Contents


The collection includes newspaper stories Evans wrote on India and South America as well as his award-winning editorials. Correspondence includes both business and personal material, dealing with topics ranging from the English Department at the University of Iowa to Evans' personal experiences during W.W.II. Reviews, biographical material, and photographs make up the remainder of his small collection of papers.


Box List


Box 1

Reviews of Joseph E. Evans, Through Soviet Windows. New York: Dow Jones & Co., Inc., 1957

Reviews of Arthur Settel, This is Germany: A Report on Post War Germany by 21 Newspaper Correspondents. New York: William Sloane Associates, 1950. Joseph E. Evans contributed one of the reports.

1959 stories on India

1962 stories on South America

Collection of award-winning editorials, 1969 -- 1970

1971 editorials plus 2 editorials published posthumously in 1972

Draft of a letter -- last piece of writing of Joseph E. Evans

The Wall Street Journal on the death of Joseph E. Evans

Eulogy for J. E. Evans given by Vermont C. Royster at Memorial services held at Huguenot Memorial Church, Pelham, New York, and Memorial service prayer

Fortune magazine (Aug. 1971) story on The Wall Street Journal

Biographical sketch of J. E. Evans, 1 p. typewritten


Personal letters of J. E. Evans, 1935 -- 1954. Many of the letters from the period 1940 -- 1942 deal with the English Department at the University of Iowa (references to Professor Wilbur Schramm, Norman Foerster, John McGalliard, Baldwin Maxwell, and Seymour Pitcher). Also, correspondence, 1943 -- 1945, concerning personal involvement in the World War.

Business Correspondence, 1961 -- 1971

Letters about J. E. Evans on his death


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