MsC 560

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1948 -- 1995
1.5 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: January 1998

Acquisition Note: Marcus Bach gave these papers to the University of Iowa Libraries over a period of years.

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

Marcus Bach (1906 -- 1995) was born in Sauk City, Wisconsin. He trained for the ordained ministry at Mission House College and seminary in Plymouth, Wisconsin. After a pastorate in Kansas City, Missouri, Marcus Bach returned to school to pursue play writing . He received his M.A. (1937) and Ph.D. (1942) from the University of Iowa's School of Religion. There he taught about little known religious sects and also presented the course in radio. Although he always continued to write and publish, in 1961, he resigned from the School of Religion to pursue lecturing and writing full time. He authored twenty-seven books, as well as numerous plays and articles.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Marcus Bach date from approximately 1948 to 1995 and consist of 1.5 linear feet of literary manuscripts for six of his books. There are early typescripts and printer's typescripts representing such works as The Dream Gate, Report to Protestants, and The Unity Way of Life.There is also a file oc clippings about Bach.

Box 1

Clippings, 1947 -- 1995, Includes Mr. Bach's obituary and clippings concerning Lorena Bach, Mr. Bach's wife.


The Dream Gate - 1949.  Printer's typescript - with revisions. (3 folders)

Let Life Be Like This! - 1963.  Original typescript - copyedited. (2 folders)

Make It An Adventure - 1962.  Original typescript - copyedited. (2 folders)

Report to Protestants - 1948.  Printer's typescript - with revisions. (2 folders)

Strange Alters - 1952.  Early typescript - with corrections and revisions. (2 folders)

The Unity Way of Life - 1962.  Original typescript - copyedited. (2 folders)


Words to Live By


1942 production of "Haym Salomon." Includes six photographs from the production


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