MsC 798

Collection Dates: 1920 -- 1946
1.25 linear ft.

Addendum: 2006

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Susan Glaspell was born in Davenport, Iowa, probably in 1876, though she often gave the date of her birth as 1882. She attended schools there, graduating from Davenport High School in 1894. She attended Drake University in Des Moines and did course work at the University of Iowa and University of Chicago. The day after she graduated from Drake, she started work as a reporter at a Des Moines newspaper. After two years of reporting she had accumulated enough material to start writing, and she quit her job, moved back to Davenport, and devoted herself full time to free-lance writing. Her first book, The Glory of the Conquered, appeared in 1909. She made enough money on this book to move to the Latin Quarter of Paris for a year. On her return, she spent some time on a farm in Idaho before moving to Provincetown, Massachusetts. There, in 1913, she married George Cram Cook, another Iowan, and with him started a theatre company that was to become the Provincetown Players. Glaspell and Cook were active in the little theatre movement, and the Provincetown Players were known for presenting the work of American playwrights. Their two principal writers were Eugene O'Neill and Glaspell herself.

J. Roethler, April 2005

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of clippings, biographical sketches, a bibliography -- all photocopies, and a small amount of correspondence.

Related Materials

Andrews, Clarence. "Iowa Literary History, 1971 -- 1991." Books at Iowa, (April 1992)

Farran, Don. "Recollections of the Federal Theatre." Books at Iowa 18 (April 1973)

Noe, Marcia. "Susan Glaspell's Analysis of Midwestern Character"

Paluka, Frank. Iowa Authors. Main Library PS283 I8 P3

Roba, William H. "Floyd Dell in Iowa." Books at Iowa 44 (April 1986)

Roba, William. "Harry Hansen's Literary Career." Books at Iowa 35 (November 1981)

Tanselle, Thomas. "George Cram Cook and the Poety of Living." Books at Iowa 24 (April 1976).

See the press release for the book Her America: 'A Jury of Her Peers and Other Stories'

Acquisition and Processing Information

Guide posted to Internet: April 2005

Box Contents List

Box 1

Bibliography: "Susan Glaspell: A Bibliogrpahy of Dramatic Criticism"

Biographical sketches



Baker, Lloyd F.

Hutchins, Miss

Kauti, H.

Levy, Mrs. William Auerbach

Mabie, E.C.

Reservation Department, University Theatre, University of Iowa

Rudyard, Charlotte

Vance, Mrs.

White, Mr.

Hedgerow Theatre





""Finality' in Freeport: A Great Agitation That Proved 'A Tempest in a Teacup.'" Delineator, Vol. 17 (July 1916). Short story. Photocopy.

"Joe (Oct. 27, 1915)." Poem

"A Timeless Tale -- Tom and Towser." Short short story, appearing in Down-town News, December 1985. The place of publication is not noted; it is probably Davenport. An inset editor's notes says, "Dr. William Roba, Instructor at Scott Community College, discovered the following short story while doing research on local history. He thinks it might be Susan Glaspell's first published story. . . ."

2006 Addendum

Box 2

Gift of William Vilhauer

Reel-to-reel audio tapes

Mary Heaton Vorse, December 1, 1962. Also in CD format

Ida Rauh, December 11, 1962.1962. Also in CD format

George Greenberg, November 27, 1962. Also in CD format

Nina Moise, Received June 13, 1964. Also is audio cassette format

Walter Abel and Mary Morris, December 30, 1960. Also in CD format

Mr. and Mrs. William Zorach on the work of the Provincetown Players, Recorded December 29, 1960. Also in CD format

Kenneth Macgowan interviewed by Arthur B. Friedman. Also in CD format


Two other tapes contain interviews with Lawrence Langner, Cleon Throckmorton, and Norma Millay (sister of Edna St. Vincent Millay).

Two tapes of music. Also in CD format

Box 3

A tape containing a 38 second long introduction to an interview with Paul Green, but the interview is not contained on the tape


Provincetown Players office files (2 reels)

Washington Square Players Scrapbook (1 reel). Includes fifty pages of handwritten minutes and a scrapbook from 1919 on.

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