MsC 724

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1913 -- 1931
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: May 2000

Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1969 -- 70 by John J. Pasciutti.

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.

Copyright:  Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on "Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials"

Use of Collections: The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

Biographical Note

Hervey White was born in New London, Iowa, in 1866. The son of William Andrew and Martha Chandler White, Hervey attended the State University of Kansas and later transferred to Harvard. He received an A.B. degree in 1894. After graduation, Hervey became affiliated with Jane Addams in social service work at the Hull House in Chicago.

His first book, Difference, was printed in 1899. Perhaps his most famous work was Quicksand. This book was called one of the six great American novels. In 1900, Bolton Brown, Ralph Whitehead, and White went to Woodstock, New York, and founded the Byrdcliffe Colony, where many noted artists and authors made their summer homes. Four years later, he established the Maverick Colony. This colony gave opportunities to both actors and musicians. The Maverick Press, founded by White, printed a number of his books and also works of other authors. He also served as editor for Wild Hawk and Plowshare, periodicals printed by his press.

Hervey White died in 1944, at the age of 78.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Hervey White consist of five linear feet of literary manuscripts dating from 1913 -- 1931. They contain both holograph and typescript draft of many of his works.

Related Materials

At the time he donated the materials to the University of Iowa, John Pasciutti mentioned that there were letters of Hervey White in the Upton Sinclair collection at Indiana's Lilly Library. We have been unable to ascertain this, but researchers interested in following up on this may find some correspondence there.

Some of White's manuscripts are located at the Woodstock Library


Box 1

Amours of Peterkin. Typescript (with corrections)


Typescript (2 folders)

Typescript carbon (2 folders)

Baffled. Typescript (2 folders)

The Coroner Sits

Holograph draft (2 folders)


The Deserter. Holograph draft

Disappointment. Holograph

Good Night. Holograph

The Happy Husband. Holograph draft

The Hills of Pride

Holograph draft

Typescript (with corrections)

The House in the Road. Typescript

Box 2

Insults - Marriages. A Radio Play in One Act. Holograph draft

John Smith and Pokahontas. Holograph draft

Loose Ends. Typescript

Lost River. Book length manuscript, carbon typescript

The Magic Ship. Holograph draft.

Market 303, A Mystery Store. Typescript

Peter Piper. Typescript

A Pioneer. Typescript (with corrections)

Plain Folks. Holograph Draft

The Prodigal Father. Typescript (with corrections)

The Runt. Typescript.

Secret Signals. Holograph drafts

Sonnet. Holograph

A Southern Mill Hand. Holograph Draft

Swamp Island

Holograph draft (2 folders)

Typescript (with corrections)

Sympathy. Holograph

Turpentine Kwartett. Holograph draft

Weak Sister. Holograph draft (in exercise book)

Without Regard. Holograph draft.


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