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PAPERS OF BUEL GRIFFITH BEEMS

Collection Dates: 1934 -- 1975
(Bulk Dates: 1940s)
3 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
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Posted to Internet:January 1998

Acquisition Note: The papers of Buel Griffith Beems were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1994 by Edna Erickson Beems.

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Table of Contents

Biographical note

Scope and contents

Box 1 Biographical information -- The Child

Box 2 The Child -- The Cuckoo’s Egg

Box 3 The Cuckoo’s Egg -- "Donna Zizzola"

Box 4 “The Dying Pigeon -- Money for the Moon

Box 5 Money for the Moon -- “Neighbors”

Box 6 “Premonition” -- “Young American Couple”

Partial bibliography of works published by Beems

Biographical Note

Buel Griffith Beems (1902 -- 1978) was born in Anamosa, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa, where he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the Harvard Law School. From 1927 to 1937, Beems practiced law in New York City. While in New York he published his first short stories in Harper's, Harper's Bazaar, The Midland, and Blast. He received the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1931 for his short story "Leaf Unfolding" and again in 1944 for "The Stagecoach." Beems returned to Iowa in 1938 to become president and general manager of the Metropolitan Supply Company in Cedar Rapids from 1945 to 1973. On November 14, 1950, he married Edna Erickson in Cedar Rapids. Beems continued to write and publish short stories in Mademoiselle, American Mercury, and Southern Review, receiving many awards for his writing. He died on December 24, 1978.

Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by title, these papers consist of 3 linear feet of biographical information and correspondence together with drafts of his short stories, three unpublished novels, and a play synopsis. There are also questionnaires about the short stories completed by editors, newspaper clippings pertaining to the stories, and notes.

Box 1

Biographical information.

Correspondence

1934 -- 1944. Including letters from Cleanth Brooks, Charles Angoff, William Maxwell, Phyllis Crawford, and John Crowe Ransom.

1945 -- 1975.

"An American Genius." Various typescript drafts in stages of revision.

"The Barn." Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; editor questionnaire.

"Bread and Stones." Typescript draft and fragment.

"The Brute" [1943?] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments.

The Child. Typescript drafts [A] and [B]

Box 2

The Child. Typescript drafts [C] and [D]

"Come, And Trip It" [1944] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision.

The Cuckoo's Egg. Fragments of early drafts; typescript draft [A]

Box 3

The Cuckoo's Egg. Typescript drafts [B], [C], and [D]

"Donna Zizzola" [1943] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; editor questionnaires; author's notes.

Box 4

"The Dying Pigeon" [1942] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; editor questionnaires.

"Education with Swastika" [1937] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments.

"Eyewitness" [1934?] Typescript draft and carbon copy.

"Guerrilla Operation [1944] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; editor questionnaires.

Humpty-Dumpty Princess. Typescript draft of play synopsis.

"I'm Objective" Typescript draft and copy.

"The Male Ascendency" [1943] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; editor questionnaire; article.

"Miracle at Cholula." Typescript draft.

Money for the Moon. Typescript fragments of early drafts.

Box 5

Money for the Moon. Typescript drafts [A] and [B]

"Muriel." Typescript draft and fragments.

"A New Lover" [1944] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; editor questionnaire.

"Neighbors" [1975] Typescript drafts.

Box 6

"Premonition" [1975] Typescript draft.

"The Proposal." Fragment of typescript draft.

"A Quiet Boy" [1969] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments.

"The Spotted Kitten" [1943] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; notes on illustrations.

"The Stage Coach." Typescript draft.

"A Strain on Friendship" [1934] Typescript drafts and author's biography.

"The Toby Jugs" [1946] Typescript draft and copy.

"The Unicorn" [1945] VArious typescript drafts in stages of revision.

Untitled. Typescript draft.

"Values" [1944] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; editor questionnaires; newspaper clipping.

"The WAC" [1944] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; author's notes; editor questionnaire; newspaper articles.

"Walnuts." Fragments of typescript draft.

"The Whistle" [1943] Various typescript drafts in stages of revision; some fragments; author's notes; editor questionnaire.

"Young American Couple." Typescript draft.

Partial Bibliography of Works Published by Beems

"Christmas at the Everleigh Arms" Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 1974.

"Leaf Unfolding" O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories, 1931

"Love and James K. Polk" Understanding Fiction, Cleanth Brooks, ed. NY: F.S. Crofts & Co., 1943.

"The Stagecoach" O. Henry Prize, 1944.

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