MsC 684

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1941 -- 1991
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: March 1997

Acquisition Note: The Keith Robertson collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by his children after his death.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 2

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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Table of Contents

Biographical note

Scope and contents

Box 1 The Battle of Monmouth -- Henry Reed's Great Rodeo

Box 2 I Build Ships -- Photographs

Box 3 The Pinto Deer -- The Wreck of the Saginaw

Box 4 Art and illustrations -- Thank you scroll

Biographical Note

Keith Carlton Robertson was born in Dows, Iowa, in 1914. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1937 and served in World War II in both Atlantic and Pacific theatres as the captain of a destroyer. He stayed in the Naval Reserve until his retirement at age 62.

He married Elizabeth Woodburn, a rare books dealer, and they had one son and three daughters. His first published book Ticktock and Jim appeared in 1948 but his most recognized book, Henry Reed Inc., was published in 1958. Keith Robertson was primarily a children's book author but he also wrote a number of adult mystery novels under the name Carlton Keith. In 1961 Keith Robertson won the William Allen White Award for Henry Reed Inc. and again in 1969 for Henry Reed's Babysitting Service. His literary agent was Curtis Brown, Ltd. He died in 1991.

 Scope and Contents

The collection consists of four boxes of material including correspondence from 1941 -- 1991, and a number of typescript drafts of his books and stories (1952 -- 1975) including some unpublished material.

Related Materials

Mr. Robertson donated most of his early materials which were edited by May Massee to the May Massee collection at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas.

 Box 1

The Battle of Monmouth. Typescript.

Biographical Material.

Books, Readers and Individuals by Marjorie Sullivan. Photocopy of article.

Contracts, 1951 -- 1985. Including amendments.


1941 -- 1967.

1968 -- 1973.

1974 -- 1991.

Correspondence from children, including pictures.

Conyngham, Gustavus. Notes for a book.

The Crow and the Castle. Typescript.

Foundation Ceremony. Incomplete Typescript.

Henry Reed material.

Henry Reed's Great Rodeo. Incomplete early draft of Henry Reed's Big Show.

 Box 2

I Build Ships. Typescript with corrections.

Ice to India. Incomplete typescript.

In Search of a Sandhill Crane. Photocopy of excerpt with corrections.

Mascot of Melroy. Incomplete typescript.

The Mystery of Burnt Hill. Typescript with corrections.

Naval Passbook, 1933.

New Jersey. Book jacket and notes.

Newspaper Clippings, 1954 -- 1986, and undated.

The Phantom Rider. Typescript with corrections.

Photographs. Including presentation of William Allen White Award.

 Box 3

The Pinto Deer. Typescript with corrections.

Publicity and public appearance material, 1954 -- 1987.

Royalty statements

1954 -- 1970.

1971 -- 1986, and undated.

Speeches. Including William Allen White Award acceptance speeches.

Three Stuffed Owls. Typescript with corrections.

The Wilddogs of Sourland (published as The Outlaws of Sourland). Typescript carbon.

Windmills. Typescript of unpublished book with corrections and notes.

The Wreck of the Saginaw. Typescript.

 Box 4

Art and illustrations. Including pictures from In Search of a Sandhill Crane and Myrtle the Turtle.

New Jersey Arts Council Award.

Publicity Poster. Dows Corn Days.

Thank You Scroll. Made and signed by children.

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