MsC 515

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1863 -- 1985
11 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: November 2000

Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries from 1981 -- 1985 by Mr. and Mrs. Weare Holbrook.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Boxes 2 and 3

Ephemera: Newspaper tear sheets boxes in shrink-wrapped oversized packets

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.

Copyright:  Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on "Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials"

Use of Collections: The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

 Biographical Note

Weare Holbrook was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on April 15, 1896. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa and a veteran of World War I. Holbrook worked as a columnist, writer and cartoonist. He contributed articles and poetry to Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Better Homes and Gardens, Stag, Snappy, College Humor, and others. For twenty-four years he wrote the column "Soundings" for the New York Hearld Tribune. In the 1920s he created "Clarence," a Sunday cartoon strip with Frank Fogarty, which appeared for twenty-one years in the Herald Tribune Syndicate. Weare Holbrook died on July 2, 1985.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Weare Holbrook document his career and his personal life. The collection spans more than one hundred years, from approximately 1863 to the 1980s. There are copies of his cartoon strip, "Clarence," as well as drafts and published copies of his many writings. Family letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and genealogies are also included in the papers.

Box 1

Indexes of Holbrook's writings (articles, poems, etc.)

Photocopies of published articles, essays, etc.

Box 2

Weare Holbrook's Aunt Ab's scrapbook

Family letters, photographs, editorial correspondence, all pre-1930.

Box 3

Family genealogy, both sides of Weare Holbrook's family

Framed family photographs

Family scrapbooks 

Box 4

"Way Back When" -- clipped newspaper columns

Manuscript and typescript drafts of Holbrook's writings

Box 5

Manuscript drafts of Holbrook's writings

Magazine issues with Holbrook's contributions: Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, and others

Box 6

Magazines (continued): Better Homes and Gardens, Stag, Snappy, College Humor, and others

Books and anthologies (casual poetry, essays) with Holbrook's contributions

Oversize packets

Wrapped in paper

Weare Holbrook's great-grandfather's journal

Weare Holbrook's scrapbook

Weare Holbrook's scrapbook from Racine Military

Miscellaneous old newspapers and magazines


Tear sheets of Weare Holbrook's long-running (1930s) column "Soundings" for the New York Hearld Tribune

"Clarence", a Sunday cartoon strip by Weare Holbrook and Frank Fogarty. Full page color tear sheets from the Denver Post, circa 1929 -- 1941

"Clarence". Half sheet, full sheet, and full comic supplements, New York Hearld Tribune, 1930s -- 1940s



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