MsC 569

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1962 -- 1972
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: August 1999

Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Irving Brant from 1962 -- 1972.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for ressearch.

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Biographical Note

A native of Walker, Iowa, Irving Brant (1885 -- 1976) graduated from the University of Iowa in 1909. He became a reporter for the Iowa City Republican in 1909 and later served as a reporter and editor with the Clinton Herald and the Des Moines Register and Tribune. In 1918 he joined the St. Louis Star as an editorial writer. He left in 1923, to try playwriting. His works were performed in regional theaters but never made Broadway. During this time he also wrote poetry, short stories, children's novels, and magazine articles. Brant returned to newspaper work in 1930 as editorial page editor of the St. Louis Star-Times. After 1938 (except for a two year stint with the Chicago Sun), Brant pursued writing on a full-time basis. His monumental biography of James Madison is now the standard reference work and is generally considered to be one of the most important historical biographies of our time.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Irving Brant date from 1962 to 1972 and consist of the literary manuscripts for four of his books. Arranged alphabetically, the books include: The Bill of Rights, The Fourth President, Friendly Cove, and Impeachment. There are typescript drafts of each book, while some (such as The Bill of Rights) also include correspondence and galley proofs.

The bulk of Brant's papers are in the Library of Congress, and his manuscripts of the Madison biography are held by Princeton University.

Box 1

Clippings, 1950 -- 1980; includes Mr. Brant's obituary

The Bill of Rights

Correspondence, 1965.

Typescript and manuscript of front material and bibliographical notes.

Typescript - with corrections. (3 folders)

Box 2

The Bill of Rights (cont.)

Miscellaneous manuscript, typescript, and printed material.

Galley proofs.

The Fourth President (1970):

Typescript - with corrections. (3 folders)

Box 3

The Fourth President (cont.)

Typescript - with corrections. (2 folders)

Friendly Cove

Typescript - with corrections.

Impeachment (1972):

Correspondence, 1972.

Typescript (original) - with corrections and revisions plus front material.


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