MsC 701

Collection Dates: 1941 -- 1962
(Bulk Dates: late 1950s -- early 1960s)
13.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Capt. Hartzell Spence, editor of Yank, looks over a dummy copy of his weekly newspaper in 1942. Yank was distributed to enlisted American soldiers fighting overseas during World War II. (From

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

Born in Clarion, Iowa, the son of a minister, Hartzell Spence graduated magna cum laude from the University of Iowa in 1930. From 1930 to 1941 he was the United Press bureau manager in Des Moines, and saw service during WW II in the Army Air Force where he was the founder and first editor of Yank, the Army weekly newspaper. He was removed as editor after fifteen months because of creative differences. After the war, he worked as a free-lance writer, particularly noted for his reporting on religion. He published several novels and wrote a comic strip (David Crane). His first published novel was One Foot in Heaven, which became a best-seller and went through three printings. It was made into a motion picture starring Frederic March and Martha Scott in 1941. He wrote a sequel, Get Thee Behind Me, which was also very popular. He wrote the scripts for the weekly radio program, "One Foot in Heaven", broadcast on the ABC network, 1944 -- 1945.

By 1947, Spence was a gentleman farmer at his home, Gaston Hall, a thirty-room, 700 acre estate in Virginia. Spence turned his experiences with the old showplace into a book titled Happily Ever After.

Hartzell Spence died in May 2001.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, drafts and manuscripts of articles, essays, and novels, as well as tear sheets for some of the articles.

Related Materials

Spence has correspondence in two other collections at the University of Iowa:

Elizabether Clarkson Zwart (located in the Women's Archives)


John Carey MsC389 (Does not have an online inventory yet)

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mr. Spence over the course of the years 1946 -- 1965.

Guide posted to Internet: August 2004

Box Contents List

Box 1

"The Quakers"

Carbon typescript, with notes on sources – 19pp.

Source material

Author’s source material


Author’s notes research notes

"Christian Scientist"

Typewritten articles, 3 versions

Carbon typescript with notes on sources, 21pp.

Author’s manuscripts (3 drafts)


"Episcopal Church"

Printed material, author’s source material

"Seventh Day Adventist"

Pamphlets and reports, folder 2

Pamphlets, publications of the 7th Day Adventist’s folder

Correspondence, 1958

Author's research notes, typed and handwritten


Nichol’s speeches

These are my people

"Israel and Zionism A Conservative Approach"

"The Position of the Jews." Look. Vol. 19, no. 24. November 29, 1955



Carbon typescript with notes on sources, 20pp.


Brochures, pamphlets, newsletter

American Judaism

Box 2

Author’s research notes, handwritten

Author’s source material

Biographical information and eulogy, obituary

Newspaper clippings, 1941 -- 1963


Hartzell Spence, circa 1947 (one 8 1/2 x 11 and one 3 1/2 x 5)

Original manuscript collection, 1949 (?)

Episcopal Church-news, 1957 annual report


Correspondence “the Episcopalian” 23 items

Carbon typescript, with notes on sources – 1988

The story of religion in America

Yearbook and Church directory of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic of North America, Metropolitan counci, New York, New York

The Great Prince… St. Vladimir. His life and work

Saint Nicholas Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America, Plaintiff vs. John Kedroff, et al., defendants, decisions

1959 Directory of the Greek Orthodox Communities and Names and addresses of the reverend priests in North and South America and Canada.

Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1951 No. 44

"Orthodox Church"

Author’s source material

Author’s manuscript


Author’s research handwritten notes

Typewritten notes – research material

"The Methodist"

"The Catholics"

Carbon typescript – 27 pages


Source material

Author’s notes

"Roman Catholics." Reprinted from November 12, 1957 issue


Carbon typescript – 23 pp., with bibliography


Author’s notes

The Story of Religion in America

1st-4th Revise

5th revision

"The Baptist"

The Urban church and evangelism

Racial integration in the church

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Bulletin

Hunger and Fulfillment by Dr. Jitsuo Morikawa, preached at the Easter Sunrise Service at Hollywood Bowl, April 21, 1957

Annual Southern Baptist Convention, May 28 -- 31, 1957, Chicago, Illinois

Southern Baptist convention, May 20 -- 23, 1958, Houston, Texas. Book of reports


Home Missions, July 1958, vol. xxix no. 7, summer camps mean world recruit

Highlights from the 67th Annual Report of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

Press release Baptist news service

Formal Opening, dedication and homecoming, June 30 – July 7, 1957

The adult teacher southern Baptist Sunday school series May 1958

Box 3

"Disciples of Christ"


Author’s notes

2 typescript drafts

Carbon typescripts with notes on sources 19 pp.

Source Materials



3 Typescript drafts

Thermo fax of manuscripts

Author’s notes

Source material

Carbon typescripts with notes on sources 19pp.


Carbon typescripts 18pp.

Handbooks and tracts



Author’s notes

Used resources


2 Typescript drafts

"America ’s Busiest Protestant"

Carbon typescript 26 pp.


2 Typescript drafts

Author’s notes


1 st Copy


Together, October 1956

Personal Needs for 1956-57

Methodism Assesses its Ministry to the City, by William W. Reid, April 1958

"The Methodists", reprinted from September 17, 1957 issue of Look (4 copies)


Carbon typescript, 23 pgs



Author's notes, Mr. Spence's visit to Salt Lake City

"America ’s Strangest Church"

"America ’s strangest church: Mormon"

Mr. Spence’s visit to Salt Lake City

"Some Famous Mormons" (missing as of 4/13/2005)

Box 4


Presbyterian source material

Author’s corrected typescripts, 2 drafts



Author’s notes

Carbon typescript. 23pp with 3 page bibliography

"The Best in the House" (Published in Esquire, 1958 November, included.)

Source material




"The Bent and the Blunted Free Lance" (Published in Saturday Review, 1962 November 10, included.).


Social Progress

"Start Where You Are." March 1958

"Monday through Friday." April 1958

"United Presbyterians Speak." July 1958

"Residential Desegregation." September 1958

"Mr. President… A manual for Officers of Chapters of United Presbyterian Men"

The Servant Lord and his servant people

Guide for the stewardship committee in the local church

Plan book

The Big Top (Simon and Schuster, 1953, with Fred Bradna.)

Working Revise Text

Circus Days


Index (The Big top)

Corrected page proof

Box 5

"The Big Top," cont.


Grand Entry 4 th Revision

5 chapters and 3 rd draft chapter 6-22

Synopsis of Navy of “The Big top”

Research Notes

Miscellaneous pages with revisions

Work Material & pages discarded between 1 st & 2 nd chapters

Brainstorm in the Clergy




Source material

Proposal for a novel

Source material


Outline for the novel etc.

The Hawk and the Lark 2nd revision

Navy Diver

Box 6

"The Lady Warrior"

Carbon copy from Edith Haggard

Original First Revise Suggested Title “Hawk and the Lark”

Bride and the Conqueror (Author's proposal for the novel The Nail.)

Author’s Proof (3)

Typewritten Draft

The Nail

First Draft

Miscellaneous Drafts

"British Methodism is Different." (Published in Together, 1959. Included.)


"Canterbury : A Shrine of Freedom." (Published in Reader's Digest, December 1958. Included.)


Correspondence and synopsis

Source Material


"Christmas in the Parsonage." (Published in Ladies Home Journal, December 1951. Included.)





Box 7

"The Clergy and What They Do"

Original typescript with extensive corrections (entitled: "Ministers and What They Do")

Tentative chapter outline of the book

2 carbon typescripts - 170 pages each

General correspondence - 1 folder

"The Colossal Mayor of Kansas City." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, January 28, 1956. Included.)




Source Material

"Connecticut Tames its Teen-Agers." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, October 4, 1952. Included.)




Source Material

"David Crane," a comic strip.

Box 1


Miscellaneous pages

Notes and Source

Story lines

Box 2






Index to manuscripts and Correspondence: Fuller

1959 -- 1960

Author’s Notes Fuller mss

Xerox typescript with inserts, Fuller mss - 239 pgs

Fuller mss, corrected 83pp, approximately

Box 8

Alfred C. Fuller

Rough Draft Xerox Copy Fuller Manuscript

Final Draft (carbon)

Author’s Research Notes

Revised Manuscript, Rough Draft

For Every Tear a Victory: A Biography of Ferdinand E. Marcos. (McGraw, 1954)



Notes (3 Folders)

Typescript pp. 1-94

pp. 95-176

pp. 177-303

Typescript 2 pp. 1-101

pp. 102-199

pp. 200-317

Get Thee Behind Me (McGraw, 1949)

1 st draft with a suggested changes (uncataloged mss.)

2 nd draft

Box 9

Get Thee Behind Me, cont.

3 rd, Final draft, Publisher’s copy

Page proof

Sheet of instructions to authors (uncataloged manuscript)

"God’s sergeant." (Published in Redbook, October 1954. Included.)

Correspondence, Notes, Miscellaneous


"High Voltage on the Campus." (Published in Guideposts, May 1954; Clear Horizons, Winter 1954-55. Included.)



Source material



Happily Ever After. (McGraw, 1949)

Some of Fausett's original illustrations from "Happily Ever After" (11 pictures)

First draft with revisions

Second draft with revisions

Third draft with revisions

Printer’s copy with revisions

Master Copy

A copy of letter (dated Oct. 19, 1949) from Hartzell Spence to Miss Wormer concerning manuscripts

Work Sheets

4 pages of general suggestions for the book

5 pages typewritten of “The approach”

1 page stating the general philosophy

15 pages of hand drawings

10 pages of prints used in the novel

3 sets of proof sheets for the title dedicating page

Chapter 1

Press proof

Box 10

Happily Ever After, cont.

Page proof, with revisions, probably final

2nd page proof, with revisions

1st page proof, with revisions

"'Himself', The Inquisitive Earl." (Published in 9 foreign editions of Reader's Digest, January-May 1954. Included.)

Correspondence and Source material



"How Methodism Grew Up." (Published in Together, November (?) 1959. Included.)

"The Man Who Tipped the Croupiers." (Published in Bluebook, November 1952; Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, October 1954, under the title "The Big Tipper." Included.)

"The Late Rector of Warleggan." (Published in Christian Herald, May 1955. Included.)

“Live or Die, I Must Ride!” (Published in Pacific Spectator, August 1958. Included.

"The Lutherans' Big TV Hit "

Correspondence and typescripts



"Modern Shepherd of the Hills." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, November 8,1952. Included.)




"The Mental Patients Best Friends." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, June 19, 1954. Included.)






Mrs. W.H. Spence

Viola Irene Cooper


Published Articles

Special Collections does have manuscripts

Special Collections does not have manuscripts


Vain Shadow

Our Foot in Heaven


Without Introduction. Typescript 5 chs., synopsis of 5-22

"The Most Unforgettable Character I’ve Met." (Published in American and seven foreign editions of Reader's Digest, April-June 1955. Included.)





Box 11

"My Son Was Caught Using Narcotics." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, December 27, 1952. )





"The Mystery of the Private Chapel"





"The Omelette and I." (Published in Park East, May 1952. Included.)


Notes and Source

"The Ohmart story." Script for Creative Frontiers.






"A New Dimension for the Classroom." (Published in Steelways, August 1955. Included.)





One Foot in Heaven

First and second Drafts (very mixed up)

First Orderly Draft

Short Biographical Sketch

Typed copies of letter from author’s mother

Sample of checking on historical facts for One Foot in Heaven

Radio City Music Hall program, 1941

Sermon by Rev. Spence

First galleys and corrections

Insert galley where marked

Box 12

"Parsons-Come –Lately." (Publsihed in Saturday Evening Post, August 29, 1959. .Included.)





“Studio One” presentation. June 1, 1948.

Copyright Notices 1945 -- 1946

“One Foot in Heaven.” Radio scripts?

November 28, 1945

November 21, 1945

November 15, 1945

November 7, 1945

October 24, 1945

October 17, 1945

October 17, 1945

October 10, 1945

September 27, 1945

September 21, 1945

September 20, 1945

September 13, 1945

September 6, 1945

August 30, 1945

August 23, 1945

August 16, 1945

August 2, 1945

July 26, 1945

July 25, 1945

July 15, 1945

July 8, 1945 (2 copies)

July 1, 1945

June 24, 1945

June 17, 1945

June 10, 1945

June 3, 1945

May 27, 1945

May 13, 1945

May 6, 1945

April 29, 1945

April 22, 1945

April 15, 1945

April 8, 1945

April 1, 1945

March 25, 1945

March 18, 1945

March 11, 1945

March 4, 1945

One Foot in Heaven “Script Four”

February 25, 1945

February 11, 1945

One Foot in Heaven “Script One”

One Foot in Heaven (Pneumonia)

Marriage Ceremony



One Foot in Heaven “Script One” February 5, 1945

One Foot in Heaven. Printer’s Copy

Fourth Draft Remaining Changes Made on Galleys.

Second Galleys.

Box 13

Portrait in Oil.





First Typescript.

Second Typescript.

Third Typescript.

3 rd typescript. cc

3 rd typescript. cc

3 rd typescript. cc

4 th typescript.

4 th typescript, Xeroxed Chs. 1-5

4 th typescript, Xeroxed Chs. 6-10

4 th typescript, Xeroxed Chs. 11-18

5 th typescript. Forward-Chs. 4

Fifth typescript. Chs. 5-9

Fifth typescript. Chs. 10-14

Fifth typescript. Chs. 15-18

Source Material.

The Private Corporation as an Institution… - Three transcript. (File with Portrait in Oil.)

Big Business Dons a New Look - Transcript. 12 pp. (File with Portrait in Oil.)

Gallery proofs--- index

Gallery proofs.

Box 14

Radio City (Dial, 1942)

First and second Drafts Uncataloged mss.

A Summary of Radio City

Church of the Brethren

Marcus Whitman Novelett

"The Man of the Lutheran Hour." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, June 19, 1948.)

Transcribed notes from original – type – written


Religious General

Sleep Study


Pentecostal (Assemblies of God)





The Story of Religion in America. Published articles

"Should Your Child Enter the Clergy?" (Published in Look, March 31, 1959. Included.)




"She Sells Glamour Secondhand." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, September 29, 1956? Included.




"The Terrible – Tempered Angel of Arkansas." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, February 17, 1951.)

"The Man of the Lutheran Hour." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, June 19, 1948.)

Letters to and from publisher, author and other (5).

Original notes in longhand.

Final Draft (carbon).

One draft, revised, with suggested title, “Radio’s Billy Sunday”.

Working draft revised, of what became accepted version.

One draft, revised, labeled “Maier”.

Miscellaneous background material.

Box 15

"Education’s New Boy Wonder." (Published in Colliers, January 13, 1951)

5 various revised versions, one with “Education’s New Fair Haired Boy”

3rd Revised Version

1st Finished Version

Original Notes in Longhand

Transcribed Notes from Originals – Typewritten

Correspondence between Author and Publisher.

Miscellaeous Background Material

Reprint of Published Article from Colliers, January 13, 1951(4 copies)

"America ’s Bluest Blue Law Town." (Published in Colliers, August 26, 1950)

First Revised Draft

Sconnd Revised Draft

Final Draft (Carbon)

Original Notes in Longhand

Transcribed Notes from Originals – Typewritten

Correspondence between Author and Publisher

Miscellaneous Background Material

5 Letters of Criticism Written to Author after Article was published

"The Day the Town Trembled." (Published in Argosy, August 1951.)

Early draft (corrected and revised)

2nd draft (revised), with suggested title, "The Coward."

Final draft (carbon), with suggested title, "The Man Who Didn't Fit."

Letter from magazine - Argosy

"Look What the Church is Doing Now!" (Published in Saturday Evening Post, February 5, 1949. Included.)

Galley Proof with title penciled on it – “Look What the Church is Doing Now!” (missing as of 4/13/2005)

Original notes in longhand.

Rough corrected partial drafts with title – The Independent Shepherd of Mortgage Hill

Third revised draft and copy (incomplete)

Another draft revised (incomplete) with copy also incomplete

Last revised draft and copy marked Rough draft

Letters to and from the author and 2 letters from author’s mother

Background Material

Transcribed notes from originals – Typewritten

"How to Make Money Out of Nothing." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1950)

Rough partial drafts (2) of only a few pages each

Revised draft with suggested title, “The man who hates his own success”

Second revised draft with several suggested titles

Final draft (carbon) entitled, “He has plenty of nothing” with publisher’s acceptance letter attached

Original notes in longhand

Notes transcribed – Typewritten

Letters of author, publisher and others (6)

Miscellaneous background material

"Can He Unite the Protestants? (Published in Saturday Evening Post, December 4, 1948)

One draft revised, with four suggested titles

With nine suggested titles

With title, Protestants look toward union

One draft (carbon) marked 1 st revision

Marked 2 nd revision

Original notes in longhand

Transcribed notes – Typewritten

Letters from publisher, author, etc. (13)

Miscellaneous background material including three letters from author’s mother

"They’re Training a New Kind of Parson." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, November 26, 1949)

One draft, revised

One draft, greatly revised

One draft (carbon) with title, “Practical Parson: model 1949”

Final revised draft, with letter from publisher and part of one from author

Original notes in longhand

Transcribed notes from originals – typewritten

Letters from publisher and author and others (6)

Miscellaneous background material including 2 letters from author’s mother (22 items)

"Pulpit Psychiatrist." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, April 26, 1947)

Publisher’s copy (carbon) with a few revisions

Miscellaneous background material

Letters of author, publisher and others (6)

Two rough drafts revised (one incomplete) with several suggested titles

Final Draft

Saturday Evening Post of April 26, 1947, containing the published story

Original notes in longhand

Notes, transcribed (typewritten)

"Nonstop Preacher." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, November 29, 1947)

One draft, revised and without title

Four pages of one draft revised with suggested title “Fighting Dan – the Muscular Christian”

One draft revised with title, “The World’s Most Muscular Christian”

Copy of another draft with title, “The World’s Most Muscular Christian”

Original notes in longhand

Transcribed notes from originals – typewritten

Miscellaneous reference material (9 pieces)

"The Sons of the Dead." (Published in Christian Herald, August 1951)

Original draft revised

Carbon of final draft

Original notes in longhand

Transcribed notes from originals – typewritten

Two letters from Gustav-Adolf Gedat and one from the Christian Herald

"The Parable of the Talents, Inc." (Published in Good Housekeeping, July 1950)

Original draft revised

Carbon of final draft

Original notes in longhand

Transcribed notes from originals – typewritten

Roster of church members and various announcements in connection with Talents, Inc.

Article describing Talents, Inc., which appeared in the New York Post "Home News" of Tuesday, September 27, 1949

Steinhaus, Dr. Arthur H. with Hartzell Spence

"Boxing – Legalized Murder." (Published in Look, January 3, 1950)

One draft, revised and corrected with suggested title, “Is Boxing a Sport or Murder?”

One draft corrected by joint author, Dr. Steinhaus, with accompanying letter.

One draft, with suggested title“Battered Brains” attached to copy revised by Dr. Steinhaus

One draft corrected and revised, marked “rev”

Original notes in longhand

Transcribed notes from originals – typewritten

Letters of Dr. Steinhaus and Curtis Brown, Ltd. To Hartzell Spence

Reprint of article “Boxing in High School” by Arthur H. Steinhaus

Part of the published article as it appeared in “Look”, January 3, 1950

Box 16

Mining Directory of Minnesota, 1953. by Henry H. Wade and Mildred R. Alm, vol. LVI, no. 21, May 1, 1953.

"We Don't Call Them Cirminals"





"They Put Christianity to Work." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, November 26, 1949. Included.)




"They Love To Save Your Life." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, September 17, 1955. Included.)

Miscellaneous pages





"Stubborn Taconite Turns to Iron." (Published in Nation's Business, August 1954; Reader's Digest, September 1954. Included.)





"The Truth about the Bible."






"Vest-pocket Circus." (Published in Saturday Evening Post, January 31, 1953. Included.)





"What do Methodist Really Believe?" (Published in Together, July 1961. Included.)




Box 17

Folder of Church Council Bulletins and Letters

New York Life

Completed Copy,

Chapters 1-8

Chapters 9-15

Unused Material from NYLIC History

NYLIC History, Chapter 15

Inter-Company Correspondence

Research notes

Proposals for NYLIC History

Source material for NYLIC History

New York Life, Final Draft

Chapters 1-9

Chapters 10-15

“Vain Shadow.” (McGraw, 1948)

Final Draft

Copy of Letter from Author

1 st, 2 nd, and 3 rd Drafts combined

Galley Proof

Box 18

Vain Shadow (cont.)

Worksheets on historical background which represents 4 years of research by author.


Correspondence With Reidsville, N.C. 5 th Graders

1975 -- 1976

1974 -- 1975

1973 -- 1974

1972 -- 1973

1977 -- 1978

1976 -- 1977

Correspondence, 1972 -- 1980 –Mr. Brande and his class

Correspondence With Reidsville, N.C. 7 th Graders, 1965

Correspondence. Reidsville, N.C. Rural School Children





Correspondence With Essex, Conn. 5th Graders, 1978

Correspondence With Glimer Brande: 1974, 78

The King of the Golden River

A Kingless Court


A Strange Tale

The Daily Dozer, Vol. II no. 1 -- 6

Laying Loose on Shelf

Yank magazine - dummy and mock-up, 1955 special edition, Yank clippings and pictures

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